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2017 News

October 2017

Dr. Amanda Whippey: Was interviewed by Anesthesia News about a study conducted by a McMaster research team on a personalized treatment plan that was successful in helping autistic children and their parents prepare for surgery.

September 2017

Dr. Harsha Shanthanna: HEI Student Publication Award, PhD

Benefits and Safety of Gabapentoids in Chronic Low Back Pain: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

August 2017

Dr. Harsha Shanthanna: Commonly prescribed drugs for back pain often ineffective, review says Harsha Shanthanna spoke to the media about his study which showed physicians should be more cautious in prescribing off-label drugs for chronic back pain. CBC, The Telegraph,

June 2017

2017 McMaster-Western Resident Research Exchange Day

2016 News

October 2016

Dr. Norm Buckley: McMaster pain guru lauds new provincial opiod strategy - Article

September 2016

Dr. John Ashworth passed away. Please visit the In Memoriam Page

June 2016

Congratulations to our 2016 Program Administrator Award Winner: Candice Stroud!  Candice is the recipient of the Royal College International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) 2016 Program Administrator Award for Innovation and Excellence. Candice has been the Program Administrator for the Anesthesia Residency Program at McMaster University for two years, and brings 13 years of experience in postgraduate medical education in the role. She has been, and continues to be a critical resource for residents, faculty and her program director.

Congratulations to Dr. Harsha Shanthanna, whose study “Preventing Persistent Post-Surgical Pain after Thoracoscopic Surgeries: a Randomized Controlled Parallel Group Multicentre Pilot Study using Ketamine and Memantine", has been awarded the ASRA Carl Koller Grant award for 2016.

Dr. Brent MacLellan - Former NHL draft pick trades jersey for scrubs  The unconventional path from hockey to medicine for Chief Resident Dr. Brent Maclellan

May 2016

Dr. Ron Browne, former chair of the Department of Anesthesia, passed away. Please visit the In Memoriam page.

Congratulations to Brent MacLellan and Joshua Peachey, PGY4's who won the Dr. Fred Baxter Award for Excellence in Nephrology and Patient Care

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Cordovani who has been named the recipient of the Teaching Award in the Anaesthesia Clerkship by the Class of 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Caitlin VanDeCappelle and Dr. Natalie Lidster on being selected as recipients of the Postgraduate Medical Education Research Grant Award for 2016

April 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Norm Buckley, recipient of a 12.5 million grant to lead the Chronic Pain Network under Canada's Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) initiative! The Chronic Pain Network is a national collaboration of patients, researchers, healthcare professionals, educators and government policy advisors to direct new research and increase care for chronic pain. This achievement will further Dr. Buckley's leadership in improving chronic pain care in Canada.

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Congratulations to McMaster MD Student, Steven Long, who is the recipient of the 2016 Canadian Anesthesiogists' Society Medical Student Essay Contest, "From Arrow Tips to Syringe Needles" 

February 2016

What is Pain, Alex? Dr. Norm Buckely, Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesia is the focus of Jeopardy question

January 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Saroo Sharda, whose reflection on the " What it's be the forgotten physician" was recently published in the Globe and Mail 

Congratulations to Dr. Joel Hamstra who is the recipient of the 2016 John Bradley Young Educator Award from the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society! This prestigious national award recognizes excellence and effectiveness in anesthesia education and is a testament to Joel’s outstanding contributions! 

NEW ADVANCED PERIOPERATIVE TRANSEOPHAGEAL ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY ROUNDS commencing January 6th @5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Hamilton General Hospital, Noonan Conference Room. For more information, please see Advanced Perioperative Transeophageal Echocardiography Rounds

2015 News

October 2015Congratulations to Dr. David Lagrotteria who won the prestigious, McMaster Clerkship Preceptor Award and the McMaster Excellence in Teaching Clerskhip Award
June 2015Congratulations to Dr. Kan Ma who received the 2015 PARO Teaching Award for Senior Residents.
June 12, 2015Congratulations to Dr. Suzanne Todd (PGY5) for receiving the Outstanding Resident Award for Anesthesia and will be receiving her award on June 12, 2015 at the Annual Dinner & Awards 2015.
February 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Kan Ma, PGY3 resident who is the winner of the 2015 PAIRO (PARO) Resident Teaching Award for McMaster University.

January 16, 2015Congratulations to Dr. Annemaria DeTina who is the receipient of the 2014 Best Resident in Anesthesia. She will be recieving her award at the Annual Medical Staff Dinner Meeting on June 16, 2015.
January 26, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Harsha Shanthanna who is the Recipient of the CIHR Randomized Controlled Trials: Mentoring Program Award under the mentorship of Drs. Lehane Thabane and PJ Devereaux. This competitive award is given based on the potential of the candidate to develop as a future leader who can direct the conception, design and implementation of randomized controlled trial research.

2014 News

Dec 2014

Volume 3 issue 2 of the Department of Anesthesia Newsletter is available!

Nov. 11, 2014

Congratulations to Dr Fred Baxter has been awarded the 2015 Canadian Anesthesia Society Clinical Practitioner Award. This prestigious national award recognises “excellence on clinical anesthesia practice” and acknowledges his leadership and many contributions to the practice of clinical anesthesia in Canada. Fred will receive his award on Monday June 22 2015 at the Awards Ceremony at the Annual CAS Meeting.

Nov. 11, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Phil Chan and Dr. Mauricio Forero who have recently obtained their international certification of “Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice” under the auspices of the World Institute of Pain.

Nov. 5, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Spence (PGY3) who has been accepted into the Clinician Investigator Program starting July 2015 –June 2016

Oct. 4, 2014

Ultrasound Workshop."Lumbar Spine Ultrasound Workshop". Presented by Dr. Bruno Borges. HSC - 1M1 (CSBL)

Oct. 1, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Suzan Ergun (PGY3) for receiving the 2014-2015 RMA Scholarship Award for her study Mentorship in Anesthesia: Surveying the Landscape (Supervisor Dr. Anne Wong)

May 30, 2014

Resident Exchange Day. Hosted by Western University, London, Ontario.

May 7, 2014

Spring 2014 Anesthesia Research Retreat

May 1, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Mike Parrish who has been awarded the 2014 Teaching Award in the Anesthesia Clerkship by the MD Class of 2014!

May 1, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Harsha Shanthanna on his 2014 CAS Research Program, AbbVie New Investigator Award in Anesthesia, for his study entitled Most Effective Opioid Analgesia in Ambulatory Surgeries: a randomized control, investigator blinded, parallel group with superiority of Morphine versus Hydromorphone.

Mar. 17-21, 2014

McMaster University Physician Wellness Week. Activities on and off campus all week. For more details, visit

Jan. 1, 2014

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Karen Raymer is our new Residency Program Director.

2013 News

Dec. 1, 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Norm Buckley who is the 2013 recipient of the Canadian Pain Society Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education Award!

Nov. 6, 2013Party for Pain at Michelangelo’s Banquet and Convention Centre in Hamilton, Ontario
May 19, 2013The Department of Anesthesia has moved to a new location in room 2V9. The phone extensions remain the same.
Mar. 1, 2013Introducing Dr. Andrew Kintu, our new obstetrical anesthesia fellow from Uganda.
Jan. 2, 2013Dr. Karen Raymer launches the first anesthesia e-book for undergraduate students! "Understanding Anesthesia: A Learner's Guide" is an interactive electronic textbook that includes videos, slideshows, interactive figures and quizzes, developed by Dr. Karen Raymer in collaboration with Drs. R. Kolesar and E. Brown (medical student). It is designed for medical students for anesthesia clerkship rotations or electives. It is available free of charge at the  Understanding Anesthesia website.

2012 News

Dec. 1, 2012Volume 1 issue 2 of the Department of Anesthesia Newsletter is available!
Nov. 17, 2012The Department of Anesthesia 40th Anniversary Gala Celebration at Liuna Station was a resounding success! With 186 past and current faculty, alumi, residents, and staff, the evening was a wonderful opportunity to get together and celebrate the Department's enduring history, people and successes. Special thanks to Mary Gahagan, Drs. Joanna Reiber, Alena Skrinskas and Michele Capello for organizing this great event! Read more about it in the upcoming newsletter!
Nov. 1, 2012The 1st McMaster Department of Anesthesia Lumbar Spine Workshop is accepting registration (limited to McMaster Dept. of Anesthesia faculty and residents) for Nov 24, 2012
Nov. 1, 2012Erthrocyte Transfusion: Remedy or Poison? Find out in the editorial by Drs. Y.Le Manach and S. Syed
Sep. 1, 2012Dr. Anne Wong has been appointed as the new Assistant Dean, Program for Faculty Development in the Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University.
Aug 1, 2012Professor Robert Lee, Professor Emeritus in the McMaster Department of Anesthesia receives acknowledgement from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada for his outstanding contributions
Jun. 25, 2012Congratulations to Dr. Andrea Dower, the recipient of the 2012 Vince Politi Award for Best Clinical Teacher.
Jun. 20, 2012Dr. Greg Kostandoff and Dr. Amanda Whippey win the 2012 CAS Resident Research Competition
May 1, 2012

Dr. Michael Cousins, internationally renown Professor of Anesthesia and pain care expert at the University of Sydney, visits the Department of Anesthesia and receives an honorary degree from the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University.

Slideshow [View photos of Michael Cousins at the 2012 convocation ceremony]

May 1, 2012Dr. Geoff Rosenblood and Dr. Jon Dingle receive the Anesthesia Teaching Award from the MD Class of 2012

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