Dr. Javier Cubillos

cubillos-jAssistant Professor


Dr. Javier Cubillos received his MD degree in Colombia from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana,where he also completed his Anesthesiology residency. He also completed a Magister Degree Equivalent in Health Care Services Management and Marketing at the Universidad de los Andes School of Business Administration in Bogota, Colombia. In Canada he complemented his training, first with a Regional Anesthesia and then an Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowships at the University of Toronto, followed by an Advanced Clinical Practice fellowship at Western University.

Since the beginning of his professional life, Dr. Cubillos has been deeply involved in the academic
practice becoming an assistant professor in two different university hospitals in Colombia, the
Hospital Universitario San Ignacio and the Hospital Universitario Fundación Santafe de Bogota.
Dr. Cubillos has been a speaker and workshop instructor in several Regional anesthesia, Obstetric
anesthesia and Point-of-Care Ultrasound meetings around the world. His interests have been focused
in leading a formal education process for the training in ultrasound applications to complement
anesthesia practice. With this objective in mind, he has become a driver and facilitator for world
renowned academic organizations like ISURA, SOAP and NYSORA, while sharing a strong
commitment with high impact academic meetings in Latin America and long term educational

Dr. Cubillos’ interest as a clinical teacher at Western University is to become part of a team that will
lead the endeavor of effectively spreading the use of Point-of-care Ultrasound across Canada. His
objective is to contribute to bringing forth this educational process in a well organized, coherent and
timely manner to overcome the challenge of delivering responsible education as fast as ultrasound
technology is evolving and reaching the hands of anesthesiologists.


Valencia JA, Cubillos J, Romero D, Amaya W, Moreno J, Ferrer L, Pabón S, Perlas A. Chewing gum for 1 h does not change gastric volume in healthy fasting subjects. A prospective observational study. J Clin Anesth. 2019 Feb 5;56:100-105. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinane.2019.01.021.

Galvis-Navarrete, Silvia Helena, Bonilla-Ramírez, Antonio José, Cubillos-Salcedo, Javier Enrique, Quesada-Montealegre, Diego Aldemar, & Valbuena-Pábon, Juan Camilo. Point-of-care gastric ultrasound in trichobezoar: case report. Revista Colombiana de Anestesiología, 2018, 46(2), 164-167. (CL).

Muñoz F, Mendiola W, Bonilla AJ, Cubillos J, Moreno D, Chin KJ. In Reply to Continuous Erector Spinae Plane (ESP) Block: Optimizing the Analgesia Technique. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2018 Mar 27. pii: S1053-0770(18)30225-8. doi: 10.1053/j.jvca.2018.03.033. [Epub ahead of print]. (CL)

Muñoz F, Mendiola W, Bonilla AJ, Cubillos J, Moreno D, Chin KJ. Continuous Erector Spinae Plane (ESP) Block for Postoperative Analgesia after Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2017 Dec 12. pii: S1053-0770(17)31005-4. doi: 10.1053/j.jvca.2017.12.020. [Epub ahead of print] (CL)

Valencia, J; Romero D; Arango, E; Cubillos, J; Mantilla, H; García-Herreros, L. Ultrasound Guided Percutaneous Dilatational Tracheostomies in Two Difficult Airways. J Ultrasound Med. 2018 Apr;37(4):1043-1048. doi: 10.1002/jum.14433. Epub 2017 Oct 13. (CL)

Muñoz, F, Cubillos, J, Bonilla AJ, Chin KJ. Erector spinae plane block for postoperative analgesia in pediatric oncological thoracic surgery. Can J Anaesth. 2017 Aug;64(8):880-882. doi: 10.1007/s12630-017-0894-0. Epub 2017 Apr 26. (CPA)

Chin KJ, Cubillos JE, Alakkad H. Single, double or multiple-injection techniques for non-ultrasound-guided axillary brachial plexus block in adults undergoing surgery of the lower arm. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016 (CPA)

Arzola C, Cubillos J, Perlas A, Downey K, Carvalho JC. Interrater reliability of qualitative ultrasound assessment of gastric content in the third trimester of pregnancy. Br J Anaesth. 2014 Dec;113(6):1018-23. doi: 10.1093/bja/aeu257. (CPA)

Lorello G.R., Cubillos.J., Donald M., Balki M. Peripartum cardiomyopathy: postpartum decompensation and use of non-invasive cardiac output monitoring. International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia (2014) 23, 66–85 (CPA)

Chin KJ, Alakkad H, Cubillos JE. Single, double or multiple-injection techniques for non-ultrasound-guided axillary brachial plexus block in adults undergoing surgery of the lower arm. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013 (CL)

Arzola, C, Carvalho JC, Cubillos J, Ye XY, Perlas A. Anesthesiologists’ learning curves for bedside qualitative ultrasound assessment of gastric content: a cohort study. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia 2013; Published Online May 24, 2013. (CPA)

Perlas A, Mitsakakis N, Liu L, Cino M, Haldipur N, Davis L, BSc, Cubillos J, MD, Chan V. Validation of a Mathematical Model for Ultrasound Assessment of Gastric Volume by Gastroscopic Examination. Anesth Analg 2013; 116:357–63. (CL)

Cubillos J, Tse C, Chan V, Perlas A. Bedside ultrasound assessment of gastric content: an observational study. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia 2012; 59(4):416-23 (PA)

Grueso Angulo Reinaldo; Sanín Hoyos, Alejandra; Bonilla Ramírez Antonio J; García Carreño Andrés; Cubillos Salcedo Javier. Multi-injection vs. single injection technique with localization of the medial nerve for infraclavicular block for upper limb surgery. Rev. Col. Anest., Jan./Mar. 2010, vol.38, no.1, p.22-32. ISSN 0120-3347. (CL)

Ballard RB, Rozycki GS, Newman PG, Cubillos JE, Salomone JP, Ingram WL, Feliciano DV. The efficacy of an algorithm to reduce the incidence of false negative FAST examinations in patients at high-risk for occult injury. JACS. 1999; 189