Who We Are

Anesthesiologists are the medical doctors who are responsible for your well-being before, during, and after surgery. We See You Through Your Most Critical Times

Ontario’s 1600+ anesthesiologists:

  • Provide local, regional and general anesthesia in the Operating Room;

  • Administer epidural analgesia to mothers in labour;

  • Assist with resuscitation in the Emergency Department, and

  • Treat critically ill patients in the Intensive Care Unit.

We provide sedation for painful procedures throughout the hospital. We treat both acute and chronic pain conditions, and are responsible for pre-operative assessment and the immediate post-operative care of patients undergoing surgery. We are often involved in running operating rooms, and are involved in hospital administration.

Improving Healthcare in Ontario

Because we participate in so many aspect of caring for Ontario's patients, we are uniquely positioned to identify opportunities for efficiencies. We also have a strong history of working with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to improve fiscal prudence, while ensuring we maintain the highest standards of care, and access to care, for all Ontarians. For more information on how Ontario's Anesthesiologists have helped reduce costs and improve access to care, as well as our position on the ongoing issue of the province's healthcare budget cutes, please see: Improving Healthcare in Ontario.


~ Section Updates for Anesthesiologists ~

Attend Our Fall Leadership Day

Healthcare in Ontario rapidly changing. To succeed in this new environment, it is crucial that our Members we have a strong fundamental knowledge of how the provincial healthcare system works. On September 26, we are hosting our latest leadership development day, Health System Fundamentals for the Anesthesiologist: Part II, which will explore what our Members need to know about the system’s key players, their roles and responsibilities, how funds flows and how decisions get made. This is event is free with your Ontario Anesthesia Meeting registration but spaces are limited so apply today!

Register Now for the 2019 OAM

Ontario Anesthesia Conference & Weekend: Sep 26-Sep 29, Toronto

Ontario Anesthesia Conference & Weekend: Sep 26-Sep 29, Toronto

Register now one of the country’s top gatherings of anesthesiologists and anesthesia knowledge. The 64th annual Ontario Anesthesia Conference returns to the fantastic Westin Harbour Castle Hotel and Conference Centre, located in downtown Toronto. The OAM will start on Thursday, September 26 with our annual fall leadership day and wrap on Sunday, September 29. In between, we’ll be hosting practical, relevant sessions as well as such events as our Saturday night social event and our Chiefs and FP-A luncheons. Registration before August 31 to get the early bird rate!

Nominate A Peer for the Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is given annually by Ontario's Anesthesiologists to recognize the significant contributions that an anesthesiologist has provided to the care of patients and the promotion of our specialty. Nominations for this prestigious award (given last year to Dr. Doreen Yee, pictured above) are now open for 2019. To nominate a peer or colleague, please visit the Nomination page and submit the necessary paperwork by Tuesday, August 6. The award will be given out in September during the Ontario Anesthesia Meeting.

Join Our Beyond the Mask Working Group

Beyond the Mask is a five-year strategic initiative designed to enable Anesthesiologists to demonstrate innovative and leadership skills and abilities within the perioperative suite and beyond and thus elevate our role and profile in the health care system. Past projects include the Choosing Wisely Implementation Guide, which supports conversations to reduce unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures. To learn more about Beyond the Mask, or to join its Working Group, please click below.


Congratulations to the Recipient of our 2018 Distinguished Service Award, Dr. Doreen Yee from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

The Ontario’s Anesthesiologists Distinguished Service Award is awarded to an anesthesiologist in recognition of outstanding contributions in patient care and the promotion of our specialty over the course of their career. It is the highest honour our organization can bestow. We are very proud to award the 2018 Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Doreen Yee from Toronto. Click here for the full article.

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The Public Website for the Section on Anesthesiology of the Ontario Medical Association is intended to give general information about who Ontario’s Anesthesiologists are and what they do. This website is NOT intended to be a source of medical advice.