Research & Education


The Department of Anesthesia's faculty teaches all aspects of medicine related to anesthesia and acute care medicine, as well as the application of the basic sciences of physiology, pharmacology and anatomy to anesthesia. The department trains undergraduate students (medical students) and residents, and provides or accommodates professional development for our clinicians and staff. We constantly strive to develop highly competent and confident professionals. As a result, we have one of the best anesthesia educations programs in Canada, and many of our faculty has been recognized locally and nationally for their teaching efforts.


We believe a vibrant and productive research environment creates new knowledge that advances the science and practice of anesthesia. In 2008, the Department of Anesthesia established an Office of Research to foster research and lay the foundation for a research-rich department. Researchers within our department primarily focus their research efforts in pain, airway management, perioperative inflammation and organ protection. Outcomes research and device development are also areas of research concentration. The Anesthesia research team has attracted substantial grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Teasdale Corti Global Health Research Initiative, the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation and the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation.