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2015 City-Wide Clinical Coordinator Report 

Dr. William Sischek

As 2015 draws to a close, we are seeing the culmination of almost five years’ efforts towards full city-wide integration of staff and services. The clinical academic staff functions principally from one of the two acute care hospital groups at either the University or Victoria Hospital. Between them the two groups cover the clinical and academic commitments of the city including St. Joseph’s Health Care of London Hospital, an ambulatory hospital specializing in upper limb, eye, urology and breast surgery services in addition to ambulatory Medicine and Pain Services.

Growth has continued in the Department on several fronts, with the addition of varied staff. 2015 saw the arrival of three new staff: Dr. Gopa Nair, a pediatric specialist trained as a resident at the Cleveland Clinic, an Obstetric and Ambulatory fellow at the University of Toronto and a subspecialty pediatric fellowship at the Seattle Children’s Hospital; Dr. Ekta Khemani, a graduate of the University of Toronto with training in Quality Management and Certification in Patient Safety; and Dr. Matt McFarling, a former resident of the program who returned following subspecialty fellowship training in Cardiac Anesthesia and certification in trans-esophageal echocardiography at the Ottawa Heart Institute. In addition to these individuals the Department continues to recruit actively to all sub-specialty programs. The expanding out-of-OR services in addition to new clinical commitments in the recently opened Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry dental suite continue to present us with challenges and opportunities. Our current staff complement of over 85 clinicians city wide has ample room to expand to meet the demands being seen in the growing and complex world of our University-based department.

On a related note, the Department practice plan evolved to a partnership structure this year, after many years as an association of clinicians. This change marks the dissolution of the Anaesthesia Associates of London, Canada, an organization in continuous existence since the 1950’s. The formation of the formal partnership is expected to further facilitate the important academic and clinical work of the Western University Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine and provide a powerful force to drive the “business of medicine” for the Department members and their employees.

Hopefully 2016 will see the successful continuation of our growth and faculty recruitment to meet the ever-increasing clinical, research and teaching needs of our vibrant, expanding university department.


New Faculty Members 

DR. EKTA KHEMANI

Start date: August 1, 2015

Dr. Khemani completed her residency at University of Toronto in 2014 followed by a fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. In addition she completed a Master of Science at the Institute of Medical Sciences at U of T in 2005. Over the past year, she has completed a Certificate in Patient Safety and Quality Management and recently won Best Poster and Presentation at the University of Calgary Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Research Day. Ekta has presented numerous papers, and authored several publications. Since 2013 Dr. Khemani has participated in the National Assessment Collaboration where she examined IMG’s during their clinical exams and has served on several committees as an examiner, interviewer and selection committee member. She will be highly involved in our Department’s Quality Assurance Program and we are happy to welcome her in our department.

DR. MATTHEW MCFARLING

Start date: August 10, 2015 

Dr. McFarling returned to us from the Department of Cardiac Anesthesiology at the University of Ottawa’s Heart Institute where he served as a clinical fellow in 2014. Dr. McFarling received his MD in 2009 from Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University and completed his residency with us at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry from 2009 to 2014. Previously Dr. McFarling was a Staff Respiratory Therapist at McMaster Children’s Hospital, Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital and Skyservice International Air Ambulance. Matthew has also been involved in several research projects in collaboration with faculty from our department; co-authoring a Vascular Surgery Editorial in Anesthesia for the High-Risk Patient, in 2013. In 2011, as co-applicant alongside Dr. Lavi, he was granted an Internal Research Fund for Assessing the Cricothyroid Membrane with Ultrasound study. We welcome Matthew back to our Department as a Consultant.

DR. GOPAKUMAR SUDHAKARAN NAIR

Start date: February 1, 2015 

Dr. Nair received his MD in Anesthesia from Gujarat University in India in 2007. He joins us from Seattle Children’s Hospital following a fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesia. He completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio from 2009 to 2014. From 2007 to 2009 Dr. Nair was a Fellow in Obstetric and Ambulatory Anesthesia at the University of Toronto. Gopa has several publications in Journals such as the British Journal of Anesthesia and Canadian Journal of Anesthesia. Dr. Nair also authored a book chapter in a textbook for Medical Students at the University of Toronto in 2008. At the 2008 Annual IARS Meeting in San Francisco, Gopa received the best paper discussion in the ambulatory section. His current research interests include mentoring controlled trials such as: Lumbar Plexus vs. Fascia Iliac block for Post-Operative Pain Management, Anesthesia related pharmacologic considerations in a patient with mitochondrial disease and cytochrome P450 enzyme deficiency and pediatric ambulatory peripheral nerve catheters- a retrospective cohort analysis. Dr. Nair is an avid presenter with many poster presentations at Annual Anesthesia Meetings such as: ASA, ASRA, IARS, SPA and Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology. We are happy to welcome Gopa to our team!