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 ~

2018 Toronto Anesthesia Symposium

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The 2018 Toronto Anesthesia Symposium will be held April 14-15. This year’s theme, Anesthesia, current delusions and misconceptions, will bring together experts to discuss our current state of practice and provide clarity and guidance regarding many misconceptions. Throughout the two-day session, there will be lectures, interactive PBLDs and workshops. Click below to learn more

Choosing Wisely Implementation Guide

We are excited to announce the launch of our Choosing Wisely Implementation Guide, supporting conversations to reduce unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures. Using a case study approach, this guide includes templates, tools and change management suggestions to enable all hospitals to achieve the benefits of improved patient care. Click below to access the document.

1st Family Practice Anesthetist Luncheon

The first ever Family Practice Anesthesia Luncheon was held Saturday September 16th during the Ontario Anesthesia Meeting and was one of the largest gathering of FPAs in Ontario ever! With your support, we hope to continue with this momentum. Please click below for a summary from the recent luncheon and for more information on how you can become involved. 

The Section has been exploring a number of issues on behalf of Anesthesiologists across Ontario and is committed to raising the image and profile of our Specialty. BEYOND THE MASK: ANESTHESIOLOGY 20.20 is a strategic initiative that was crafted to elevate our role and profile in the health care system over the next 5 years.  If you would like to participate in our working group, please click below


Congratulations to the Recipient of our 2017 Distinguished Service Award, Dr. Christopher Ricci from Hamilton Health Sciences

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 2017 Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Christopher Ricci from Hamilton... 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.