Dr. Jean Templeton Hugill Visiting Professor Lecture – Video

The Dr. Jean Templeton Hugill Visiting Professor Lecture is available here

“Local anesthetics – old drugs with a bright future”

Philipp Lirk, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School
Attending Anesthesiologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA


Dr. Jean Templeton Hugill was one of the first female anesthesiologists in Western Canada in the 1950s. She earned a reputation for taking on difficult cases and became a key figure in developing obstetric anesthesia in BC. After a long career devoted to clinical care, Dr. Hugill was determined to support anesthesia research, which she said she was always interested in but unable to pursue herself. Motivated to facilitate collaborative research between anesthesiologists and pharmacologists, Dr. Hugill left a bequest to the Faculty of Medicine upon her death in 2012, adding to her previous 1991 gift that was matched by the BC Government to establish an endowed Chair in Anesthesia.

Dr. Philipp Lirk obtained his MD from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. After a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin, he trained in Anesthesia & Critical Care in Innsbruck, and completed an MSc at the University of Cardiff (UK). In 2010, Dr. Lirk was appointed to the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam, where he served as Head of Regional Anesthesia. In 2015, he earned a PhD at the University of Amsterdam with work on the pharmacology of local anesthetics. In 2017, Dr. Lirk moved to Boston to work at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and currently divides his time between research on local anesthetics and anesthesia care for orthopedics & trauma. He is an Associate Editor of the European Journal of Anaesthesiology; member of the European Society of Anaesthesiology’s Scientific Subcommittee on Regional Anesthesia; and member of the PROSPECT Working group of the European Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Therapy.