Dr. Patricia Morley-Forster

Director of Pain Management Program


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.


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.

In 1987, Dr. Morley-Forster began working at St. Joseph’s Health Care (SJHC) and held the position of Director of Obstetric Anesthesia at St. Joseph’s from 1992 to 2001.

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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.

Recent Publications

Shokouhi M, Davis KD, Moulin DE, Morley-Forster P, Nielson WR, Bureau Y, St Lawrence K. Basal ganglia perfusion in fibromyalgia is related to pain disability and disease impact - An arterial spin labeling studyClin J Pain. 2016 Jun;32(6):495-505.

Moulin DE, Clark AJ, Gordon A, Lynch M, Morley-Forster PK, Nathan H, Smyth C, Toth C, VanDenKerkhof E, Gilani A, Ware MA. Long term outcome of the management of chronic neuropathic pain - A prospective observational study. J Pain. 2015 Jun 12. pii: S1526-5900(15)00703-8. [Epub ahead of print]

Lee SM, Landry J, Jones PM, Buhrmann O, Morley-Forster PLong-term quit rates after a perioperative smoking cessation randomized controlled trial. Anesth Analg. 2015 Mar;120(3):582-587.

Bostick GP, Toth C, Carr EC, Stitt LW, Morley-Forster P, Clark AJ, Lynch M, Gordon A, Nathan H, Smyth C, Ware MA, Moulin DE. Physical functioning and opioid use in patients with neuropathic pain. Pain Med. 2015 Feb 3. doi: 10.1111/pme.12702. [Epub ahead of print]

Morley-Forster P, Karpinski J. Pain medicine--a new credential in Canada. Pain Med. 2014 Dec 28. doi: 10.1111/pme.12645. [Epub ahead of print]

Moulin D, Boulanger A, Clark AJ, Clarke H, Dao T, Finley GA, Furlan A, Gilron I, Gordon A, Morley-Forster PK, et al. Pharmacological management of chronic neuropathic pain: revised consensus statement from the Canadian Pain Society. Pain Res Manag. 2014 Nov-Dec;19(6):328-35.

Bellingham GA, Smith RS, Morley-Forster P, Murkin JMUse of near infrared spectrocopy to detect impaired tissue oxygen saturation in patients with complex regional pain syndrome type 1. Can J Anesth. 2014 Jun;61(6):563-70.

Morley-Forster P. Perspectives on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada new subspecialty program in pain medicine. Can J Anaesth. 2014 Feb;61(2):188-94.

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 PThe effectiveness of a perioperative smoking cessation program: a randomized clinical trial. Anesth Analg. 2013 Sep;117(3):605-13.

Watt-Watson J, Peter E, Clark AJ, Dewar A, Hadjistavropoulos T, Morley-Forster PK, et al. 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 PKOpioid-induced hyperalgesia. Cont Educ Anesth Crit Care Pain. Epub 2013 Sep 26. doi: 10.1093/bjaceaccp/mkt045.

Morley-Forster P, McCarthy G. Case study: concurrent disorders and substance abuse. J Pain. 2013;14(4 Supplement):S81.

Nalamachu S, Morley-Forster P. Diagnosing and managing postherpetic neuralgia. Drugs Aging. 2012 Nov;29(11):863-9.

Morley-Forster PK. The vexing problem of post-amputation pain: what is the optimal perioperative pain management for below-knee amputation? Can J Anaesth. 2009 Dec;56(12):895-900.

Imasogie NN, Singh S, Watson JT, Hurley D, Morley-Forster PUltra low-dose naloxone and tramadol/acetaminophen in elderly patients undergoing joint replacement surgery: a pilot study. Pain Res Manag. 2009 Mar-Apr;14(2):103-8.

Morley-Forster PK. Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow: wait times for multidisciplinary pain clinics in Canada. Can J Anaesth. 2007 Dec;54(12):963-8. No abstract available.

Singh SI, Morley-Forster PK, Shamsah M, Butler R. Influence of injection rate of hyperbaric bupivacaine on spinal block in parturients: a randomized trial. Can J Anaesth. 2007 Apr;54(4):290-5. Erratum in: Can J Anaesth. 2007 Jul;54(7):594.