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Dr. Kevin Armstrong

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Dr. Kevin Armstrong

Associate Professor
Director, Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Service

Biography

Dr. Kevin Armstrong completed medical school at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His anesthesia residency was completed at Western University, as was a fellowship in regional and obstetrical anesthesia. Since joining the department he was involved in a number of roles, including membership on the Post-Graduate Education Committee.

Dr. Armstrong was the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee from 2009 to 2014. Currently, he is the City-Wide Co-Director of the Regional Anesthesia & Acute Pain Service program. As part of the Regional Anesthesia & Acute Pain Service leadership group, he has made the following contributions:

  • Implementation of electronic charting for both the Acute Pain Service and Regional Anesthesia;
  • Creation of electronic order sets for these services;
  • Maintenance of the Regional Anesthesia Block at St. Joseph's Health Care of London;
  • Establishment and maintenance of a Regional Anesthesia Block room at the University Hospital;
  • Introduction of lidocaine infusions and ketamine in Post-operative Pain Management;
  • Formalization of a mentorship program for the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine.

Dr. Armstrong's current areas of research and clinical implementation include

  • Use of ultrasound in obstetrical anesthesia and analgesia;
  • Implementation of perioperative analgesia care plans of lower limb joint surgery;
  • Development of the electronic anatomical learning tools for regional anesthesia;
  • Effectiveness of ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia techniques for upper and lower limb surgery.

Honours

Schulich Awards of Excellence - Faculty Mentorship Award

Clinical Teacher-of-the-Year Awards:

  • Anesthesia residency program (1997-98)
  • Undergraduate Medical Education (2004)

Recent Publications

Brown B, Khemani E, Lin C, Armstrong K. Improving patient flow in a regional anaesthesia block room. BMJ Open Qual. 2019 Apr 8;8(2):e000346. doi: 10.1136/bmjoq-2018-000346. eCollection 2019.

Tawfic Q, Kumar K, Pirani Z, Armstrong K. Prevention of chronic post-surgical pain: the importance of early identification of risk factorsJ Anesth. 2017 Jun; 31(3):424-431.

Turkstra T, Marmai K, Armstrong KP, Kumar K, Singh SIPreprocedural ultrasound assessment does not improve trainee performance of spinal anesthesia for obstetrical patients: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Anesthesia. 2017 Feb; 37: 21-24.

Sebbag I, Qasem F, Armstrong K, Jones PM, Singh S. Waveform analysis for lumbar epidural needle placement in labour. Anaesthesia. 2016 Aug;71(8):984-5. 

Brookes J, Sondekoppam R, Armstrong K, Uppal V, Dhir S, Terlecki M, Ganapathy S. Comparative evaluation of the visibility and block characteristics of a stimulating needle and catheter vs an echogenic needle and catheter for sciatic nerve block with a low-frequency ultrasound probe. Br J Anaesth 2015. 115(6):912-919.

Armstrong K. A primer on local anesthetics for plastic surgery. Clin Plast Surg. 2013 Oct;40(4):515-28.

Adhikary SD, Armstrong K, Chin KJ. Perineural entrapment of an interscalene stimulating catheter. Anaesth Intensive Care. 2012 May;40(3):527-30.