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 Next Leadership Day

On May 11, we hosted another successful leadership day. Anesthesiologists as Change Leaders: In the OR and Beyond gathered over two dozens anesthesiologists and FP-As at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute in Toronto. Designed by anesthesiologists for anesthesiologists, this action-oriented day gave participants the tools and knowledge needed to effect or lead change, both big and small. Our next leadership development day will be on Thursday, September 26, just ahead of the Ontario Anesthesia Meeting. More details will be posted right here later this summer.

A Letter From Doctors Without Borders

You’ve likely already heard of Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres), the internationally renowned medical humanitarianism organization. But did you know that it is actively recruiting Canadian anesthesiologists just like you? DWB recently reached out to us with this letter that explains the basics of working with the group, including how first missions last only six-to-eight weeks in length, and how DWB covers its workers mission-related costs as well as salary and per diem once they are on the ground. If you have any questions about this amazing opportunity, please don’t hesitate to reach out to DWB.

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.