Dr. Pat Morley-Forster


Director, Chronic Pain Program 


Dr. Pat Morley-Forster received a BSc from Western University and M.D. from the University of Toronto. She completed her Anesthesiology residency at the University of Toronto and worked as a staff member at the University Health Network for four years. She began working at St. Joseph’s Health Care (SJHC) in 1987 and held the position of Director of Obstetric Anesthesia at St. Joseph’s from 1992 to 2001.

In 2001, Dr. Morley-Forster received fellowship training in Chronic Pain Management at the Wasser Clinic of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Upon returning to London, she was appointed as the inaugural Earl Russell Endowed Chair in Pain Research and Management at Western University and held this position until 2005.

Currently, Dr. Morley-Forster is Medical Director of the Outpatient Pain Management Program at SJHC and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at Western University.

Dr. Morley-Forster has also been on the Editorial Board of Canadian Journal of Anesthesia since 2009.

Dr. Morley-Forster's ongoing research includes a pilot study of 'Low Dose Oral Ketamine Adjuvant Therapy in Chronic Pain Patients' for assessment of patient safety.


Dr. Morley-Forster received the prestigious 2013 Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society Gold Medal in recognition for outstanding contributions to Anesthesiology and Leadership in advancing the area of Chronic Pain Management.

Recent Publications

  • Bellingham GA, Smith RS, Morley-Forster P, Murkin JM. Use of near infrared spectrocopy to detect impaired tissue oxygen saturation in patients with complex regional pain syndrome type 1. Can J Anesth. 2014 Mar 26. [Epub ahead of print].

  • Morley-Forster PK, Pergolizzi JV, Taylor R Jr, Axford-Gatley RA, Sellers EM. Mitigating the risk of opioid abuse through a balanced undergraduate pain medicine curriculum. J Pain Res. 2013 Dec 4;6:791-801.

  • Lee SM, Landry J, Jones PM, Buhrmann O, Morley-Forster P. The effectiveness of a perioperative smoking cessation program: a randomized clinical trial. Anesth Analg. 2013 Sep;117(3):605-13.

  • Morley-Forster PK, Loh E, McCarthy G, Bellingham G, Walton D, Kim G, Brymer C, Moulin DE. Pain in the Undergraduate Curriculum: The Window Opens. Can Pain Soc Winnipeg May 11-14, 2013.

  • Morley-Forster PK, Mitigating the Risk of Opioid Abuse Through a Balanced Undergraduate Pain Medicine Curriculum. Morley-Forster PK, Pergolizzi JV, Taylor Jr R, Axford-Gatley RA, Sellers EM. J Pain Research. 2013:6;791-801.

  • Morley-Forster PK. The new Canadian Royal College program in Pain Medicine. Accepted by Canadian Journal of Anesthesiology 2014, Special Issue.

  • Morley-Forster PK, Manikandan R, Railton C, Urquhart B, Freeman D. Uptake of topical 10% ketamine gel over 7 days: A pilot study. 2012 Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Annual Meeting, Quebec City, Canada. Faculty Supervisor for Dr R Manikandan

  • Morley-Forster P, McCarthy, G. Case Study; Concurrent Disorder and Substance Abuse. American Pain Society Annual Meeting 2013: Chicago, May 9-12, 2013. 

  • Morley-Forster PK, O’Leary C, Raman-Wilms L, Unruh A,Webber K,Campbell-Yoo M. The ethics of Canadian entry-to-practice pain competencies: How are we doing?. Pain Res Manag 2013; 18: 25-32.

  • Velayudhan A, Bellingham G, Morley-Forster PK. Opioid-induced hyperalgesia. Accepted for publication in Continuing Education in Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain. Advance Access published September 26, 2013.