Meet the Dean

Dr. Davy Cheng, Acting Dean

Dr. Davy Cheng, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FCAHS, CCPE

Acting Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Distinguished University Professor, Western University


To reach the Acting Dean, contact:
Kay Hickey
t. 519.661.2111 x89258
f. 519.850.2357

For general inquiries, please call: 519.661.3459

Mailing address:

Office of the Dean
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Clinical Skills Building, Rm. 3701a
Western University
London, ON N6A 5C1 Canada

Dr. Davy Cheng is Acting Dean of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Distinguished University Professor at Western University in the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine. 

He is the co-founder and Medical Director of the Centre for MEDICI (Medical Evidence, Decision Integrity, Clinical Impact), which is a WHO Collaborating Center in studying global perioperative surgery and anesthesia research. He is the Named Chair of Evidence-based Perioperative Clinical Outcomes Research (EPiCOR). Dr. Cheng served as the Chair/Chief of the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine (2001-2017) at Western University and is a Consultant in Critical Care Medicine. As the Vice Dean and the Co-Chair of the Operating Committee, SouthWestern Academic Health Network (SWAHN), Dr. Cheng oversees 2200 academic faculty in teaching and community hospitals in London and the Region across two Local Health Integrated Networks.

Dr. Cheng's research (Innovation, Integration & Implementation) have been paramount in advancing knowledge and influencing policy in the fields of surgical perioperative and anesthesia care, cardiac surgery and anesthesia, blood management, minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery. His pioneer work in fast track cardiac anesthesia and recovery (with Dr. Tirone David) has become the standard of cardiac anesthesia and recovery practice around the world. At the Centre for MEDICI, Dr. Cheng with Dr. Martin have led and published many consensus statements and recommendations in health technology assessment in minimally invasive cardiac surgery technologies and procedures. Many of these high impact publications were cited in many practice guideline developments. Dr. Cheng has been awarded over $11M in peer-reviewed grants and over $1.6M in non-peer reviewed grants. He has published over 156 peer-reviewed scientific papers in high impact journals and 52 book / chapters (citations 9196, h-index 50, i10-index 111).

Dr. Cheng is a globally recognized healthcare leader in the forefront of research, education, practice and healthcare policy. He received the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society Gold Medal (2015), the highest award for his outstanding contributions in leadership and professional and clinical excellence in anesthesia. Inducted as Honorary Member, The German Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (DGAI 2014) (This Honorary Member title confers on eminent physicians and scientists who have made a major contribution to the field of anaesthesiology). He was honored with the Canadian Society of Physician Executives (CSPE) Excellence in Medical Leadership Award (2014). Dr. Cheng was selected as the Inaugural Rotman-Longwoods Scholar (2010), for demonstrated special interest in understanding and applying practical strategies of knowledge translation and knowledge transfer. Dr. Cheng received an Outstanding Contribution Award (2009), honored at the 30th Anniversary meeting of the Chinese Society of Anesthesiology & Chinese Medical Association, for his Outstanding contribution to the development of Anesthesiology in China. Dr. Cheng was the first anesthesiologist inducted to a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (FCAHS 2007) in recognition of his great accomplishment and achievement in the academic health sciences in Canada.

Dr. Cheng serves as Chair of Scientific Affairs Committee, and Council Member of the World Federation Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA); WHO GIEESC (Global Initiatives Essential Emergency Surgery Care) Anaesthesia Committee for Health Systems Strengthening; Board of Trustees (Chair, 2016-2017) of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS); Chair of the International Committee of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA); and Honorary Board Member of the Asian Society of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (ASCA). Dr. Cheng also serves as Vice Chair of the Innovation Fund Provincial Oversight Committee, Ministry of Health & Long Term Care (MOHLTC), Ontario, Canada.