Dr. Qutaiba Tawfic

tawficAssociate Professor
Director, Acute Pain Service


Dr. Tawfic started in the Department with over 8 years of experience in Anesthesia and Intensive Care. After a special interest in pain management for sickle cell patients, Dr. Tawfic completed an Acute Pain Fellowship at the University of Ottawa, followed by a Chronic Pain Fellowship at Western University.

Dr. Qutaiba Tawfic used his background to establish a new Acute Pain fellowship at London Health Science Centre . Currently, he is the director of the Acute Pain Fellowship and city-wide residents' coordinator for Acute Pain Service. He is also teaching in the new Royal College Pain Residency Program.  Dr. Tawfic is one of the chronic pain physicians at St. Joseph's Health Care London where his practice involves both pharmacotherapy as well as a variety of interventions for treatment and management of a variety of pain syndromes.

His current research focuses on neuropathic pain,  multimodal approach in acute service and prevention of chronic post surgical pain. 


Kreutzwiser D, Tawfic QA. Expanding Role of NMDA Receptor Antagonists in the Management of Pain. CNS Drugs. 2019 Mar 2. doi: 10.1007/s40263-019-00618-2. [Epub ahead of print]

Ahmed MA, Tawfic QA, Schlachta CM, Alkhamesi NA. Pain and Surgical Outcomes Reporting After Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair in Relation to Mesh Fixation Technique: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2018 Nov;28(11):1298-1315. doi: 10.1089/lap.2017.0609

Tawfic Q, Kumar K, Pirani Z, Armstrong K. Prevention of chronic post-surgical pain: the importance of early identification of risk factorsJ Anesth. 2017 Mar 27. doi: 10.1007/s00540-017-2339-x. [Epub ahead of print]

Tawfic QA, Bellingham GPostoperative pain management in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). J Anaesth Clin Pharmacol. 2015. 31(1):6-13.

Tawfic QA, Faris AS. Acute pain service: past, present and future. Pain Manag. 2015 Jan;5(1):47-58.

Faris AS, Tawfic QA, Jeyaraj L. Obstetric anesthesia considerations in Kearns-Sayre syndrome: a case report. Korean J Anesthesiol. 2014 Oct;67(4):283-6. Epub 2014 Oct 27. 

Tawfic QA, Faris AS, Kausalya R. The role of a low-dose ketamine-midazolam regimen in the management of severe painful crisis in patients with sickle cell disease. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2014 Feb;47(2):334-40.

Tawfic QA, Eipe N, Penning J. Ultra-low-dose ketamine infusion for ischemic limb pain. Can J Anesth. 2014 Jan;61(1):86-7. 

Tawfic QA, Faris AS, Eipe N. Sickle cell pain management: are we missing the role of pronocipception and neuropathic pain? Paediatr Anaesth. 2013 Nov;23(11):1104-5. 

Tawfic QAA review of the use of ketamine in pain management. J Opioid Manag. 2013 Sep-Oct;9(5):379-88.

Tawfic QA, Faris AS, Date RR. The dilemma of opioid-induced hyperalgesia and tolerance in chronic opioid therapy. Sultan Qaboos Univ Med J. 2013 Feb;13(1):185-7. Epub 2013 Feb 27. 

Tawfic QA, Bhakta P, Date RR, Sharma PK. Esophageal bezoar formation due to solidification of enteral feed administered through a malpositioned nasogastric tube: case report and review of the literature. Acta Anaesthesiol Taiwan. 2012 Dec;50(4):188-90. 

Narayanan A, Tawfic QA, Kausalya R, Mohammed AK. Speechless after general anaesthesia for caesarean section. Middle East J Anaesthesiol. 2012 Jun;21(5):739-42. 

Tawfic QA, Ismaili MA, Ahmed MA. Prevention of intraoperative cerebral ischemia during carotid endarterectomy, loco-regional versus general anesthesia. Oman Med J. 2012 May;27(3):254-5. 

Tawfic QA, Kausalya R, Al-Sajee D, Burad J, Mohammed AK, Narayanan A. Adult sickle cell disease: a five-year experience of intensive care management in a University Hospital in Oman. Sultan Qaboos Univ Med J. 2012 May;12(2):177-83. 

Tawfic QA, Bhakta P, Mishra P, Ahmed MA. GlideScope for assessment of recurrent laryngeal nerve integrity after thyroid surgery. Sultan Qaboos Univ Med J. 2011 Nov;11(

Tawfic QA, Bhakta P, Burad J, Mishra P, Kausalya R. Complications of central venous catheterisation: breakage of guidewire-a disaster averted. Sultan Qaboos Univ Med J. 2011 Nov;11(4):519-21. 

Bhakta P, Mady HA, Burad J, Tawfic QAAnaesthetic management of a patient with Weill-Marchesani syndrome complicated with mitral regurgitation. Indian J Anaesth. 2011 Jul;55(4):428-30.

Tawfic QA, Kausalya R. Liquid ventilation. Oman Med J. 2011 Jan;26(1):4-9.