Who We Are

Who are Ontario’s Anesthesiologists?

An anesthesiologist is a medical doctor who has completed medical school, an internship, and an additional four to six years of specialized education in anesthesiology. In Canada, an anesthesiologist is certified as a specialist physician by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and has the designation Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC).

Anesthesiologists are familiar with all medical conditions and their management during surgery. In addition to

  • preparing patients for surgery,
  • managing their vital signs throughout operative procedures, and
  • minimizing their discomfort afterwards,

Anesthesiologists also play significant roles in nearly every field of acute healthcare. For more information on anesthesiologists’ specific activities, please see What We Do.

Of Ontario’s 24,000 doctors, approximately 1,400+ are anesthesiologists who provide these specialized medical services to hundreds of thousands of Ontarians every year.

Anesthesiologists actively participate in nearly every field of acute healthcare, from the delivery of new babies to caring for the sick and elderly. We also participate to a large degree in the administration of healthcare facilities.

We believe we are very well positioned to collaborate with the Ministry of Health on the improvement of healthcare in Ontario, to ensure all patients have access to, and consistently receive, the highest standard of care. For more information on the Ministry of Health’s cuts to healthcare and its impending reductions in Ontarians’ access to care, please see Improving Healthcare in Ontario