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23rd Annual Rural Anesthesia
for GP Anesthesiologists

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Plenary Room

Attend a keynote, short snapper, or panel discussion.


Note: The Keynote will not be recorded to ensure patent protection

Workshop Rooms

Attend a workshop or breakout room session.

Speaker Bios

Learn more about the speakers presenting at the 23rd Annual Rural Anesthesia for GP Anesthesiologists

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Beverley Orser MD, PhD, FRCPC, FCAHS, FRSC is the Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Toronto. She is a former family practice anesthetist and is now a practicing anesthesiologist at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She has a longstanding interest in patient safety and has co-founded the Perioperative Brain Health Centre, Canada’s national agency for medication errors and the patient safety committee of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society.

Dr. Orser’s preclinical research aims to understand the role of inhibitory receptors in learning and memory and the actions of anesthetic drugs. Her lab pioneered the study of extrasynaptic GABAA receptors as novel drug targets. Her most recent results point to treatments for postoperative neurocognitive disorders.  Her clinical research focuses on strategies to improve drug safety and support safe anesthesia care in rural and remote regions of Canada. She has authored >200 publications and has mentored a generation of translational neuroscientists and clinician-investigators.

Her contributions and leadership has been recognized by many awards including the First Frontiers in Anesthesia Award from the International Anesthesia Research Society, the first Canada Research Chair in Anesthesia, and election to the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Health Science and the National Academy of Science (Medicine) of the United States. She received the CAS Gold Medal, the CAS Research Excellence Award and the 2018 Excellence in Research Award from the American Society of Anesthesiologists. In 2020, she presented the John W. Severinghaus Lecture on Translational Research at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, one of the highest recognitions in the field of anesthesia research.

Dr. Frances Chung MBBS FRCPC ResMed Chair of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine at University Health Network.  Chair of Promotion Committee, Dept of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine University of Toronto

 Dr. Chung is a Professor of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at University Health Network, University of Toronto. She is the ResMed Chair of Anesthesiology and Sleep Medicine at University Health Network. She is a co‐founder and past president of the Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine. Also, she is a Past President for the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia. In total, she has almost 300 publications with a H index of 76 and 20,000 citations. Her research interests are in several areas: sleep apnea, pain, patient safety, monitoring, perioperative medicine, and ambulatory anesthesia. The multi-disciplinary research team that she leads at Toronto Western Hospital is recognized nationally and internationally for contributing to several key areas of research in obstructive sleep apnea, sleep and pain.

Workshop Speakers

Dr. JN Armstrong MD FRCPC is a consultant anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesia, Calgary Health Region, and an Associate Professor of Anesthesia at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary Alberta Canada. He graduated as an MD from the University of Calgary in 1981 and then practiced as a GP Anesthetist in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories until 1988. He earned his FRCP in Anesthesiology in 1991 and has since been on staff at the Calgary General Hospital in the Calgary Health Zone.

From 2004‐2013 he was the Clinical and Academic Department Head in Anesthesia for the Calgary Health Region and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. In 2013 he took on his current role as Chief Medical Officer for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) where he is responsible for the medical care delivered by the organization for the transport of the critically ill and injured across six bases and three provinces.

Keith Anderson B.Sc, MB, ChB, FRCA, PhD – Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Calgary; Anesthesiologist Foothills Medical Centre Calgary. CAS, Royal College of Anaesthetists, ASRA, Association of Anaesthetists of GB & Ireland.

Dr. Keith Anderson: Medical degree university of Glasgow; Residency University of Oxford; Acute Pain & Regional Fellowship McGill. PhD research into use of target controlled infusions to deliver propofol sedation. Taught on UK Royal College of Anaesthetists “Totally TIVA” course. Worked at the Foothills since 2011.

Meredith Hutton PhD, FRCPC, MD – Clinical Lecturer Department of Anesthesia, University of Calgary

Dr. Meredith Hutton completed her anesthesia residency training at the University of Calgary in 2019. She then went Stanford University where I was completed a fellowship in Head & Neck Anesthesia and Difficult Airway Management. I have subsequently returned to Calgary and work full time at the Peter Lougheed Centre. Dr. Hutton is the department Airway Lead, alongside Dr. Julia Haber, and she is the site lead for airway teaching. She has been involved with the Banff GPA conference for the past two years and she is very excited to be presenting once again!

Chris Noss MD FRCPC – Cardiac Anesthesia, Cumming School of Medicine & Libin Cardiovascular Institute, University of Calgary

Dr. Chris Noss is a cardiovascular anesthesiogist who currently practices at the Foothills medical centre in Calgary Alberta.

David Milne MD FRCPC – Clinical Assistant Professor University of Calgary. Anesthesiologist.

Graduate of Dalhousie Medicine in 1989 and worked as a General Duty Medical Officer for 4 years, one year as a Squadron Medical Officer attached to Standing Naval Force Atlantic (NATO). Postgrad at Dalhousie University, Ottawa University and UBC; where I completed my Anesthesia Residency and a Thoracic Anesthesia Fellowship. Deployed to Former-Yugoslavia to a UN/ NATO Canadian Field Hospital as an Anesthetist and Deputy Commanding Officer. Worked in Vancouver, Ottawa and Halifax before moving to Calgary in 2017. Fairly extensive Medical Leadership background.
Married wit 2 sons, living in Calgary; staff at the PLC, Clinical Assistant Professor with University of Calgary

Steve Patterson MD FRCPC – Associate Clinical Professor, Anesthesia, University of Calgary; Staff Anesthesia, Peter Lougheed Centre.

Dr. Steve Patterson was a real doctor (CCFP) but could not survive doing locums and walk in clinics so Dr. Patterson returned to do Anesthesia. Ended up doing a full 5 year program at Calgary and finished in 1990. Thirty years later He has had many roles within his department and has presented at this conference for 5 years.

Dr. Ryan Endersby MD FRCPC – Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesia Service, South Health Campus. Clinical Assistant Professor University of Calgary. Staff Anesthesiologist South Health Campus, Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship Director South Health Campus, Perioperative Ultrasound Fellowship Site Director South Health Campus.

Dr. Ryan Endersby is a Staff Consultant Anesthesiologist and Director of the Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesia Service at South Health Campus in Calgary. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor with the University of Calgary. He is extensively involved in Acute Pain and Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia and Perioperative Ultrasound education for both staff, residents and allied health professionals at the University of Calgary. He is also the Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Fellowship Director South Health Campus and Perioperative Ultrasound Fellowship Site Director at South Health Campus. He has instructed at numerous workshops including those at the American Society of Anesthesia Annual meeting and the Canadian Anesthesia Society Annual Meeting.

Esther Ho MD, FRCPC Assistant Clinical Professor University of Calgary. Staff anesthesiologist. 

Esther Ho is currently a Staff Consultant Anesthesiologist and Director and an Assistant Clinical Professor with the University of Calgary. She is actively involved in several administration roles in the department as well as the simulation residency program. She has been trained as a Super User for Connect Care (the new provincial‐wide EMR) and is currently pursuing more training in this area. She had presented on various topics at the Rural Anesthesia for GP Anaesthesiologists before.

Dr. Curt Pitter MD FRCPC – Clinical Associate Professor, Anesthesia, University of Calgary; Anesthesiologist, Peter Lougheed Centre; City Coordinator Obstetric Anesthesia, Calgary Zone.

Dr. Curt Pitter After completing anesthesia training at University of Western Ontario and a fellowship in Obstetrical Anesthesia at the University of Ottawa, I started practice at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary, where I was the Obstetrical Anesthesia Lead for 18 years. I am ashamed to admit that I still do not ski.