News

  • Dr. Ken Turnbull passed away on July 3rd

    Dear Colleagues I sadly must report the loss of another of our excellent ‘old guard’. Dr. Ken Turnbull passed away on July 3rd. Dr. Turnbull worked in the VGH Department of Anesthesia, and became upon retirement from clinical practice, one of our treasured early simulation program support faculty. He is survived by his wife, children…


  • Faculty Promotion – Dr. Matthias Gorges

    For more information, please see memo.


  • The 16th Annual APT Research Day

    Welcome to the 16th Annual APT Research Day Details are as follows: • May 26, 2022 (Thursday) • 1030 to 1530 • St. Paul’s Hospital, Cullen Lecture Theatre (map attached) • APT research day program found here • Zoom Meeting ID 95272 854360, Passcode 854360 Directional instructions to the Conference Centre: • Thurlow Street Entrance:…


  • APT Full Departmental Meeting – April 14, 2022

    Meeting presentation can be found here.  


  • Dr Morley Sutter passed away on December 19, 2021

    It is with sadness that we announce Dr. Morley Sutter MD, PhD, Emeritus Professor and former (longstanding) Department Head of Pharmacology (& Therapeutics), passed away on Saturday December 19, 2021. Dr. Sutter had a long career in Pharmacology research and education, focusing on the cardiovascular system and atherosclerosis. Dr. Roanne Preston


  • Dr. Alana Flexman, Michael Smith Health Research BC – Health Professional-Investigator Award

    Congratulations to Dr. Alana Flexman who was awarded a Michael Smith Health Research BC Health Professional-Investigator Award to support her research focussed on Perioperative stroke screening and outcomes in high-risk surgical patients. Up to two percent of patients will experience a stroke during or after surgery and these patients have a high chance of disability…


  • APT Graduate Program Director – Dr. Pascal Bernatchez

    Please find memo here.



  • UBC Anesthesia CaRMS Info Night

    Greetings from the UBC Anesthesiology Residency Program! We’d like to invite medical students across Canada to join us on an info session with Dr. Laine Bosma (Program Director), Dr. Sadiq Abdulla (Assistant Program Director), and some of our current residents. This session will provide you with some information that we hope will reduce anxiety related…


  • In Memoriam – Dr. Gerry O’Connor

    We are saddened to share the news that Dr. Gerry O’Connor, beloved by all who knew him, died on Friday, October 1. He joined the department in 1975 as a pediatric anesthesiologist with a special interest in cardiac. He moved from Vancouver General to BC Children’s Hospital when it opened in 1982. He retired from…


  • APT Full Departmental Meeting – August 31, 2021

    Meeting details found here. Educational Report details found here.  


  • Dr. Hoiland, postdoctoral fellow awarded a 2 year Craig H Neilsen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

    August 6, 2021 Congratulations to Dr. Ryan Hoiland (Postdoctoral Fellow in Drs. Christopher West, Prof. Brian Kwon & Dr. Donald Griesdale’s laboratories) who was awarded a 2 year Craig H Neilsen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to support his research project entitled “A novel targeted vascular approach to mitigate secondary hypoxic injury following traumatic SCI” A lay…


  • Dr. Linde, postdoctoral fellow awarded a 2 year Craig H Neilsen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

    August 6, 2021 Congratulations to Dr. Lukas Linde (Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Kip Kramer’s lab) who was awarded a 2 year Craig H Neilsen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to support his research project entitled “Less is more: Low concentration topical capsaicin to relieve neuropathic pain in spinal cord injury” A lay summary for the grant can…


  • Dr. Matthew Wiens awarded a MSFHR Scholar Award

    August 6, 2021 Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Wiens who was awarded a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award to support his research focussed on Smart Discharges to improve post-discharge survival following admission for infection. Dr. Wien’s research program focuses on understanding and predicting vulnerability of mothers, infants, and children after discharge from hospital,…


  • Dr. Matthew Wiens, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research – Scholar Award

    Smart Discharges to improve post-discharge survival following admission for infection July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2026 My research program focuses on understanding and predicting vulnerability of mothers, infants, and children after discharge from hospital, and using this knowledge to develop programs that improve post-discharge outcomes. In our Smart Discharges program, healthcare workers use our…


  • New Faculty Member

    I am pleased to introduce Dr. Catrina Loucks, who is a new full-time faculty member in our department. This is a position shared jointly with the Department of Pediatrics, and is one of the faculty renewal positions we applied for in 2019. The area of research for Dr. Loucks is the Pharmacogenomics of Pain. Dr.…


  • Dr. Donald Griesdale – 2 year extension

    Dr. Donald Griesdale, Associate Professor Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, has had a 2 year extension for his Michael Smith Health Professional Investigator Award.


  • Dr. John Kramer – NSERC Discovery grant

    We are very pleased to report that Dr. John Kramer has received an NSERC Discovery grant. The neuroaxis of pain: Peripheral transduction to central integration $ 200,000  (5 years)


  • Making medications fit: towards increase – 25 Jun 2021

    This is a candidate’s seminar presentation by Wade Thompson Title: Making medications fit: towards increased implementation of deprescribing in clinical practice Click the following link to stream:  https://mediasite.audiovisual.ubc.ca/Mediasite/Play/ca8373c1b9b54aeb84a633aaa9d6d8191d


  • Dr. Alana Flexman as the inaugural Vice-Chair EDI

    It is my pleasure to announce that the inaugural UBC Department APT Vice-Chair EDI is Dr. Alana Flexman. Dr. Flexman is a Clinical Associate Professor in the department, working clinically at St. Paul’s Hospital/Providence Healthcare, where she is also the Director of Research. Dr. Flexman is currently completing an Executive MBA in Healthcare. She is…