BWPictureDr. Brian Warriner M.D., FRCPC

Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics

 Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Contact Information:

Ph: 604-822-2575


Dr. Brian Warriner was the Head of the UBC Department of Anesthesia from January 2002 until 2005; and then the merged Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, UBC Faculty of Medicine, from October 1, 2005 to October 16, 2012.


Dr. Warriner has been a member of the UBC Faculty since 1980, with his practice at both St. Paul’s Hospital and Vancouver Acute. He received his MD from UBC and completed a rotating internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, Ontario. Following internship, Dr. Warriner practiced as a general practitioner in Powell River, BC, and Campbellton, New Brunswick for four years before returning to UBC to complete his residency in anesthesiology. Following his residency, he became a Fellow in the UBC Pulmonary Research Laboratory at St. Paul’s Hospital and entered clinical practice in the Department of Anesthesiology at St. Paul’s in 1980.


Dr. Warriner has been an active clinician and teacher in the UBC Faculty of Medicine and has published in the anesthesia and medical literature. While at St. Paul’s and Providence Health Care, he acted as a Department Head, Vice-President (Medicine), and Acting CEO. He has received teaching awards for his resident teaching and has been a Royal College of Canada examiner. He was the recipient of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society Clinical Practitioner Award in 2009. He has been an invited speaker in Canada, the USA, France, Portugal, Australia, Thailand, Vietnam, Uganda and Kenya. He is currently a health system accreditor/surveyor for Accreditation Canada (formerly known as Canadian Council of Health Service Accreditation). He has traveled to Uganda in the last 5 years, volunteering and helping in the operating room at Mulago Hospital and with the medical teaching at Makerere University.


Dr. Warriner’s research has been focussed on the use of blood substitutes in surgical patients, the value of pre-operative beta blockers, the reversal of muscle relaxants and the prevention of post-operative nausea and vomiting. He has published on intravenous regional anesthesia, the effects of laparoscopic surgery on gas exchange, hemodynamics and gas absorption, and new efforts to reduce post-operative nausea and vomiting.