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St. Joseph's Health Care London 

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LHSC Victoria Hospital & Children's Hospital

New Faculty Members 

Alfaro, Hilda

Subspecialty: Cardiac Anesthesia | Primary Site: UH

Dr. Hilda Alfaro received her MD from Pontificia Bolivariana University in Medellin Colombia where she also completed her residency and a cardiovascular anesthesia fellowship. Dr. Alfaro has been a clinical fellow with the Department since 2013 in cardiac anesthesia. Dr. Alfaro is also pursuing a Master of Professional Education in Curriculum and Pedagogy from Western University. Her current research interest is investigating pulmonary vein flow as a useful tool to determine good isolation in one lung ventilation and correlation with arterial blood gases. 

Flier, Suzanne

Subspecialty: Cardiac Anesthesia | Primary Site: UH

Dr. Flier received her Doctorate in Medicine from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, she also holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Epidemiology and is currently completing her PhD studies in anesthesiology. Dr. Flier has an extensive list of publications and will be joining our Department in a Clinician-Researcher role.

Giraldo, Mauricio

Subspecialty: Neuroanesthesia | Primary Site: UH

Mauricio Giraldo completed his medical school and residency program in Pontificia Bolivariana University of Medellin Colombia. After almost 10 years working as Associate Anesthesiologist in different subspecialties, he completed both cardiac and neuroanesthesia fellowships in 2013 and 2014 respectively here at Western University. Mauricio has been working as a Clinical Fellow for the past year in our department and is currently working on research projects and completing an lntraoperative Neuromonitoring Course at the Michener Institute.

Nagappa, Mahesh

Subspecialty: Ambulatory and Acute Pain Anesthesia | Primary Site: UH

Dr. Nagappa received his MD in Anesthesia from JIPMER, University of Puducherry in India in 2008. He joins us in the Clinician-Researcher role from Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto, following a fellowship in Perioperative Medicine and Ambulatory Anesthesia. Nagappa is a well published researcher in several major publications, and is an avid presenter with many poster and power point presentations at annual anesthesia meetings such as: IARS, ASA, SASM, ISPCOP, CSS and CAS.

Noppens, Rudy

Subspecialty: Neuroanesthesia | Primary Site: UH

Dr. Ruediger Rudy“ Noppens was an associate professor of anesthesiology at the Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Germany. As a clinician he was not just part of the anesthesia team but also worked in pre-hospital emergency medicine as a rescue helicopter doctor and served as a chief emergency physician. During his medical training in Germany he also studied in Dublin, Ireland.  He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the field of neurosciences at Oregon Health & Science University, USA. Dr. Noppens is active as both a clinician and a research scientist. His clinical research pursuits have included strategies for airway management, innovative airway devices in anesthesia and non-invasive hemoglobin monitoring. Dr. Noppens has also studied experimental ischemia in a variety of animal models. He has worked on strategies for preconditioning and reperfusion after experimental brain ischemia as well as mechanisms on neuronal injury.  

Vedagiri Sai, Ramesh

Subspecialty: Obstetric Anesthesia | Primary Site: VH

Dr. Sai has over 10 years of training and experience in India, UK and Canada. Dr. Sai obtained his DA and MD in Anesthesiology in 2002 from Medical College Trivandrum in India, a Post-Doctoral certificate in cardiac anesthesiology and Critical Care from Madras Medical Mission in Chennai India in 2003, Primary FRCA from the Royal College of Anesthetists UK in 2005, and most recently, Ramesh completed his fellowship in Obstetric Anesthesia at Western University in 2014.

Dr. Sai also has an interest in regional anesthesia, research and teaching, and is currently working towards his Teaching Certificate at Western University and MSc in Clinical Trials at LSHTM. With several publications, poster presentations, oral presentations and merits Dr. Sai is expected to be a dynamic member of the department. 

Sebbag, Ilana

Subspecialty: Obstetric Anesthesia | Primary Site: VH

Dr. Sebbag completed her MD (2004) and residency in Anesthesiology (2009) at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, where she subsequently worked as a staff anesthesiologist for 3 years, as well as an official instructor for the AHA ACLS courses. In 2005, she served as a military physician (2nd Lieautenant) in the Brazilian Air Force, and in 2012, she came to Canada, specifically the University of British Columbia, in order to complete a fellowship in Obstetric Anesthesia and in General with a focus in Regional Anesthesia. She joins us after spending 2 years as a fellow in our department at Victoria Hospital. Ilana has several national and international anesthesia meetings' presentations, as well as multiple peer-reviewed publications.

Vergel de Dios, Jennifer

Research Focus: Global Health and Internationalization | Primary Site: VH

After finishing medical school at the University of Toronto, Jennifer completed her anesthesia residency at Western followed by a MEDICI Global Health fellowship focusing her studies on global maternal mortality. As a senior resident she volunteered with the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society International Education Foundation by teaching anesthesia residents in Rwanda and completed an internship at the World Health Organization headquarters in their Essential and Emergency Surgery program. She is currently completing post-graduate studies in health economics at the University of York (UK) and looks forward to creating the Global Anesthesia program in the department.

Zhou, Ray

Subspecialty:Cardiac Anesthesia | Primary Site: UH

Dr. Ray Zhou completed medical school at the University of Calgary and anesthesiology residency training at Western University and the University of Ottawa. This was followed by fellowship training in cardiac anesthesiology and intensive care at the Toronto General Hospital of the University of Toronto. Dr. Zhou's education and research interest include cardiovascular anesthesia, echocardiography, and point-of-care ultrasound. At the Toronto General Hospital, Dr. Zhou designed and implemented a training program for the cardiac anesthesiology fellows on the management of cardiac arrest in cardiac surgical patients in the CVICU.