Dr. Su Ganapathy


Co-Director, Regional Anesthesia & Acute Pain


Dr. Su Ganapathy is one of the lead investigators currently looking at the role of paravertebral block for breast cancer surgery on cancer spread.


Fellow Teacher of the Year (2011-12). Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University.

Recent Publications 

  • 2015

  • 2014

  • 2013

Dhir S, Armstrong K, Armstrong P, Bouzari A, Mall J, Yu J, Ganapathy S, King G. A randomised comparison between ultrasound and nerve stimulation for infraclavicular catheter placement. Anaesthesia. 2015 Nov 14. [Epub ahead of print]

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.

Ganapathy S, Sondekoppam RV, Terlecki M, Brookes J, Adhikary SD, Subramanian L. Comparison of efficacy and safety of lateral-to-medial continuous transversus abdominis plane block with thoracic epidural analgesia in patients undergoing abdominal surgery: A randomised, open-label feasibility study. Eur J Anaesthesiol. 2015 Nov;32(11):797-804. 

Galil KA, Hafeez NS, Ganapathy S, Sondekoppam R, Johnson M, Merrifield P. Anatomical variations of the greater palatine nerve in the greater palatine canal. J Can Dent Assoc. 2015 Jul;81:f14.

McLeod AJ, Baxter JS, Ameri G, Ganapathy S, Peters TM, Chen EC. Detection and visualization of dural pulsation for spine needle interventions. Int J Comput Assist Radiol Surg. 2015 Apr 23. [Epub ahead of print]

Sondekoppam RV, Brookes J, Morris L, Johnson M, Ganapathy S. Injectate spread following ultrasound-guided lateral to medial approach for dual transversus abdominis plane blocks. Acta Anaesthesiol Scand. 2015 Jan 13 [Epub ahead of print]

Chen EC, Ameri G, Li H, Sondekoppam RV, Ganapathy S, Peters TM. Navigated simulator for spinal needle interventions. In: Westwood JD, Westwood SW, Fellander-Tsai L, Fidopiastis CM, Haluck RS, Robb RA, et al. Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 21. Virginia, USA: IOS Press; 2014. p.56-60. (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; vol. 196).

Uppal V, Sondekoppam RVGanapathy S. Effect of beam steering on the visibility of echogenic and non-echogenic needles: a laboratory study. Can J Anesth. 2014 Jul 23 [Epub ahead of print].

Sondekoppam RV, Ganapathy SAnalgesic efficacy of ultrasound-guided adductor canal blockade after arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Eur J Anaesthesiol. 2014 Mar;31(3):177-8.

Sondekoppam RV, Uppal V, Ganapathy S. Intravenous or perineural dexamethasone for interscalene brachial plexus block: the equivalence not yet proven. Br J Anaesth. 2014 Jan;112(1):175-6.

Uppal V, Sondekoppam RVGanapathy S. Permanent diaphragm paralysis after shoulder rotator cuff repair: interscalene block is not the only factor. Anesthesiology. 2014 Apr;120(4):1054-6.

Sahar Hafeez N, Sondekoppam RVGanapathy S, Armstrong JE, Shimizu M, Johnson M, Merrifield P, Galil KA. Ultrasound-guided greater palatine nerve block: a case series of anatomical descriptions and clinical evaluation. Anesth Analg. 2014 Jun 26 [Epub ahead of print].

Sondekoppam RV, Arellano R, Ganapathy S, Cheng DPain and inflammatory response following off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2014 Feb 27;27(1):106-15.

Holden MS, Ungi T, Sargent D, McGraw RC, Chen ECS, Ganapathy S, Peters TM, Fichtinger G. Feasibility of real-time workflow segmentation for tracked needle interventions. Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on. 2014 Jan 20;61(6):1720-8.

Bhatia A, Gofeld M, Ganapathy S, Hanlon J, Johnson M. Comparison of anatomic landmarks and ultrasound guidance for intercostal nerve injections in cadavers. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2013 Nov-Dec;38(6):503-7.

Ganapathy S, Sondekoppam RVAvoiding adverse effects regional anesthesia in orthopaedic patients. Orthopaedic Knowledge Online Journal. 2013 Dec 1.

Sondekoppam RVBrookes J, Terlecki M, Uppal V, Ganapathy S. Intracatheter air in continuous thoracic paravertebral block: distraction or assistance? Can J Anaesth. 2013 Aug;60(8):824-5