Dr. Ruediger Noppens

NoppensAssociate Professor
Interim Physician Department Head 

email: ruediger.noppens@lhsc.on.ca


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Dr. Noppens, a seasoned medical professional, has dedicated his career to the advancement of anesthesiology and patient care. His diverse background in both clinical and academic settings has equipped him with a unique perspective and a deep understanding of the field. His commitment to pushing the boundaries of anesthesiology is evident in his specialization in neuro anesthesia, airway management (especially awake intubations with flexible endoscopes), total intravenous anesthesia (target-controlled anesthesia), and providing anesthesia care for complex surgeries. With a fellowship in critical care medicine from Germany, he brings a wealth of experience to patient care, ensuring safety and comfort throughout the perioperative period. His expertise also extends to obstetric anesthesia, paediatric anesthesia, and pre-hospital emergency medicine.

His journey began in Germany, where he trained and worked as a paramedic before pursuing a medical degree at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. There, he also completed his residency in Anesthesiology, followed by a Ph.D. in medical sciences and a post-doctoral fellowship in neurosciences in the USA.

Dr. Noppens’ academic contributions include a promotion to Associate Professor and various leadership roles at the Medical Centre of Johannes-Gutenberg University. In 2016, he relocated to London, Ontario, to serve as Associate Professor and Director of Neuro Anesthesia. His research efforts have been recognized with an h-Index of 27 and a ScholarGPS top percentage rank of 1.74% in anesthesiology (May 2024).

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Noppens led a multi-departmental team at the London Health Sciences Center (LHSC). They were pivotal in identifying and addressing critical gaps in the code blue response. His leadership continued as he became the Anesthesia site chief for LHSC University Hospital in 2022, Head of the LHSC Resuscitation Committee in 2023, and Interim Head of the Department in 2024.

In the realm of teaching and mentorship, Dr. Noppens has not only presented at conferences and workshops globally and authored clinical standards but has also developed innovative approaches to medical education. His commitment to education is evident through his mentorship of residents, fellows, and faculty, as well as his introduction of virtual reality and interdisciplinary training, pushing the boundaries of traditional medical education.

Dr. Noppens has initiated and participated in numerous clinical and pre-clinical studies. He has also been instrumental in implementing new protocols and equipment updates to enhance patient safety and care.

Dr. Noppens honed his leadership skills through a German physician leadership program. His multifaceted experience positions him as a leader in anesthesiology, committed to excellence in patient care, education, and research.