What's Up, Doc? with Dr. Paul Hannam

Dr. Paul Hannam, MD, CCFP(EM), FCFP
Dr. Hannam joined the hospital as a staff emergency physician in July, 2001.  He has served as chief and medical director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at MGH since 2006.  Dr. Hannam is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He has specific interests in point-of care ultrasound as well as medical education.


My name is Dr. Paul Hannam and I specialize in emergency medicine.

One common question for somebody with Asthma is when should they come to the Emergency Department. If you’re having ongoing difficulty breathing or you find that you are having to use your medications more frequently than your physician had suggested, you should certainly consider seeing a doctor or just coming into the emergency department.

If you find that you’re having so much trouble breathing that you can’t finish a sentence or you can’t control your breathing, or someone around you seems to be becoming drowsy or confused, I would suggest calling an ambulance or coming directly to the hospital.