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Chair’s Message

Dear Colleagues and Staff,
It gives me great pleasure to announce to you, our Department the appointment of Dr. Ramiro Arellano as the Interim Chair/Chief as per the Dean’s and Hospital’s offices. 
I also would like to take this opportunity to express my personal appreciation for the opportunity to serve as your Chair/Chief for the past 16 years.  I am honored and privileged of your support in transforming our Department into one of the top academic Anesthesia departments in North America.
I would like you to join me in congratulating and supporting Dr. Arellano in this Interim Chair/Chief appointment, I have complete confidence in his leadership during his tenure while we complete the search for a permanent Chair/Chief.
Dr. Ramiro Arellano is an Associate Professor of Anesthesia at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University (2012-present) and is the Site Chief at University Hospital for the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine (2014-present). He gained his Doctorate of Medicine from Western University, and holds a Master of Science from Toronto University. Dr. Arellano is an outstanding clinician-administrator and clinician-researcher who he has held leadership roles in the Department of Anesthesia at Mount Sinai Hospital (Toronto), Dalhousie University, and Queen’s University. 

Dr. Arellano has been recognized for his exceptional accomplishments in teaching, receiving the 2012-2013, 2013-2014 and 2016-2017 Fellows Teacher of the Year Award in the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University.
Dr. Arellano serves on several committees at LHSC and at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry including Department Council, Executive Committee, Career Development & Planning Committee, City-wide Perioperative Executive Committee, City-wide Perioperative Committee, Academic Affairs Committee, Career Development and Planning Committee, Renewal Executive Committee for Undergraduate Medical Education and the Curriculum Committee for Undergraduate Education. As part of the undergraduate education committees Dr. Arellano has been involved in the restructuring of the Professional Identity course for undergraduate medical students.
Dr. Arellano is currently a co-investigator on two research projects, both being funded though AMOSO grants. He was an Organizer and Instructor for the 2nd Annual Perioperative Ultrasound Western Workshop. In addition to his Academic and Site Chief role, Dr. Arellano works as a consultant specializing in Cardiac Anesthesia at LHSC and St. Joseph’s Health Care.
Please join me in wishing Dr. Arellano all the best and supporting him during his time as our Interim Chair/Chief.
Distinguished University Professor & Chair/Chief
Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine
Professor, Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine
Chair, Evidence-based Perioperative Clinical Outcomes Research (EPiCOR)
Medical Director, Centre for Medical Evidence, Decision Integrity, Clinical Impact (MEDICI)
London Health Sciences Center and St Joseph’s HealthCare London
Western University, London, CANADA

Welcome to the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. Our Department provides clinical service to over 40 operating rooms daily (35,000 surgical procedures per annum) at the London Teaching Hospitals (London Health Sciences Centre – University Hospital and Victoria Hospital, and St Joseph’s Health Care London).

Our Department is among the top five academic anesthesiology departments in Canada and has an international reputation for academic excellence in Research and Education. A few highlights in 2015 include a historical first Royal College Certification of a Pain Medicine resident trainee in the Pain Medicine Residency Training Program (First established in Canada) in the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, Western University; and the Centre of Medical Evidence, Decision Integrity, Clinical Impact (MEDICI) is consulted by the World Health Organization to lead guideline development in perioperative surgical patients suspected of Ebola Virus Disease infection.

We deliver the spectrum of medical care from conducting preoperative anesthesia assessment to performing the most advanced life-supporting techniques in all perioperative settings such as ambulatory surgery, subspecialty surgery, obstetrics, pediatric care, out-of-OR interventional procedures (cardiology, neurology, electric convulsion therapy), acute and chronic pain management, blood conservation management, post-anesthetic care unit, cardiac surgery recovery unit, intensive care units and palliative medicine in acute care. We sought to increase the scope of our work in 2015, and we expanded our anesthesia services and teaching to two Dental OR suites at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Our 83 faculty, 46 residents and 20 clinical fellows are committed to patient-centered quality care.

The Cardiac Anesthesia Program continues to be amongst leading research programs in the clinical advancement of minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery internationally. The Comprehensive Pain Program is a leading multidisciplinary research and clinical program, and has been instrumental in establishing Pain as a subspecialty at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada. The Evidence-Based Perioperative Clinical Outcomes Research (EPiCOR) Program and the Centre for Medical Evidence, Decision Integrity, and Clinical Impact (MEDICI) have established our Department and Western University as an international and national evidence-based knowledge translation centre with high impact to health care decision-making and patient care. The Department is also well known for its clinical and research excellence in neuroanesthesia, transplantation, critical care, perioperative blood management and pain.

The Department provides clinical training and didactic teaching to undergraduate (UGE) and postgraduate (PGE) trainees in anesthesia and allied health care fields at Western University and outreach community programs in Southwestern Ontario. The Anesthesia Simulation Program at CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics), led by Anesthesia, provides training for UGE, PGE and allied health professionals in critical event management and offers manifold opportunities for education research in this area.

The Women and Children’s Hospital at LHSC is also the tertiary centre for over 6,000 obstetric delivery and pediatric/neonatology care at Southwestern Ontario.

The Department has been attracting clinical/research fellows and visiting scholars from around the world (Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Germany, Singapore, Korea, Japan, China, Thailand, Columbia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia) for training in anesthesia and perioperative medicine, as well as critical care medicine.

The leadership of our faculty has been recognized nationally and internationally.

We have received many honours for our ongoing efforts including the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society CAS Gold Medal (Davy Cheng, Wojciech Dobkowski, Patricia Morley-Forster), CAS Research Recognition Awards (John Murkin, Davy Cheng), CAS Clinical Teacher Award (John Fuller), CAS John Bradley Young Educator Award (Arif Al-Areibi, Jeff Granton), CAS Research Awards (Daniel Bainbridge, Ronit Lavi, Collin Clarke), YWCA Women of Distinction Award (Su Ganapathy), the Hind Ratten Award (Jewel of India) (Achal Dhir), Western Silcox-Fellow Mentorship Award (Lois Champion, Ivan Iglesias); Associate Editor of Canadian Journal of Anesthesia (Philip Jones).

Several of our faculty have been recognized for excellence such as Davy Cheng, who was inducted as Honorary Member of the German Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine; Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in Ireland (John Murkin); the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (Davy Cheng); honoured with an Outstanding Contribution Award for Chinese Anesthesiology in China (Davy Cheng); and honoured with CCPE Credentials (Davy Cheng) by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Canadian Society of Physician Executives (CSPE); elected as Trustee for the Society of Medical Decision Making (SMDM, Ava John-Baptiste).

They have been elected as Board of Trustees in the International Anesthesia Research Society (President-Elect, Davy Cheng), Board of Director in the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (Davy Cheng), NIH Protocol Review Committee (John Murkin), Chair of Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Canada (RCSPC) Anesthesiology Examination Board (Sandra Katsiris), Past President of the Association of Canadian University Departments of Anesthesia (Davy Cheng), Past OMA Anesthesia Chair (James Watson), OMA Honour of Excellence in Palliative Care (Valerie Schulz), LHIN Regional Critical Care Lead (Michael Sharpe), SJHC London MAC Award (Geoff Bellingham, Bill Sischek) and Joint LHSC/SJHC MAC Award (Davy Cheng); Council of the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) (elected Nurse Practitioner in Pain Program, Heather Whittle).

We have been appointed Chair of the Regional Advisory Committee of the RCPSC (John Fuller), Member of the Canadian Task Force Addressing Tertiary Pain Clinic Wait time and leading the establishment of Pain Specialty Certification at the RCPSC (Pat Morley-Forster).

They have been invited to pen white papers to the Canadian Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care (Valerie Schulz) and on Technology Assessment in Canada (Janet Martin).

Our faculty (Brian Church) serves in the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit which was awarded the Dominique-Jean Larrey Award, the highest NATO honour for medical achievements in Afghanistan with its highest survival rate in combat medical operation.

While I look back on the continuing successes of our Department in exemplary clinical deliverables and quality of care, expanded depth and breadth of our education in undergraduate and postgraduate education, the high impact multidisciplinary research, and the significant administrative contributions at the hospitals, University, OMA and MOHLTC, I whole-heartedly want to congratulate all those whose contributions made this possible.

Best Regards,

Distinguished University Professor
Chair & Chief, Dept. of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine
Professor, Critical Care Medicine
Research Chair, Evidence-based Perioperative Clinical Outcome Research (EPiCOR)
Western University, London, Canada