Dr. Ruediger Noppens

NoppensAssociate Professor
Director, Neuroanesthesia

Associate Professor (cross-appointment)
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

email: ruediger.noppens@lhsc.on.ca


Ruediger “Rudy” Noppens, MD, PhD, FRCPC joined Western University, Canada in November 2016. He is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Associate Professor (cross-appointment) of Physiology and Pharmacology at Western University, Canada. He is also the program director of Neuroanesthesia at London Health Sciences Centre (Canada). Dr Noppens graduated at Johannes Gutenberg-University (Germany) where he also trained in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the field of neurosciences at Oregon Health & Science University, USA.

During his appointment as an Associate Professor at Johannes Gutenberg-University (Germany) his clinical research pursuits have included strategies for airway management, innovative airway devices in anesthesia and non-invasive hemoglobin monitoring. As a clinician, he was not just part of the anesthesia team focusing on the management of difficult airways, neuroanesthesia and pediatric anesthesia but also worked in pre-hospital emergency medicine as a rescue helicopter physician and served as a chief emergency physician. Dr Noppens has also studied experimental ischemia in a variety of animal models since 1998. He has worked on strategies for preconditioning and reperfusion after experimental brain ischemia as well as mechanisms of neuronal injury.

Rudy Noppens organizes and conducts workshops in airway management and is an invited speaker at various international meetings. From 2015 to 2017 he was the president of the scientific focus group for airway management of the German Society of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and serves as treasurer for European Airway Management Society since 2013. He also has been involved in the development of the Guidelines on Airway Management of the German Society of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine.


  • Noppens RR. Intubationen auf der ITS - konventionell oder videolaryngoskopisch? Journal Club AINS 2017; 6: Seiten: 162; 165. 
  • Ott T, Barth A, Kriege M, Jahn-Eimermacher A, Piepho T, Noppens RR. The novel video-assisted intubating laryngeal mask Totaltrack compared to the intubating laryngeal mask Fastrach - a controlled randomized manikin study. Acta Anaesthesiol Scand. 2017 Apr;61(4):381-389.