SHRF Innovation Grants

Project: Using Implementation Science to Develop, Pilot, and Evaluate a Multidisciplinary Preoperative Assessment in Saskatchewan Investigators:  Gamble, J., Bearwald. A, Hedlin, P. , Raazi, M., O’Brien, J., Dyck, H., Morris, G., Vaszquez, A., Prystajecky, M., Baptiste, J., Shahid, R.
Personnel and Support: Zhao, M., Manaloor, R., Behl, V., Barbour-Tuck, E.
Awarded $49,739.00
February 2021

Connect-ICU: Creating a virtual ICU communication hub where patients, their loved ones, and the healthcare team share knowledge and goals to enhance understanding, relationships, and care
Investigators: Valiani, S., O’Brien, J., Suleman, S., Bourassa, C., Abramyk, C., Mcllduff, C., Kawchuk, J., Puneet, K., Cruz, M., Sy, E., Paslawski, T., Reimche, E.
Personnel and Support: Benson, B., Khan, S., Wolfson, E., Garchinski, L., Behl, V.
Awarded: $45,771.00
February 2021

Department of Anesthesiology Research Excellence (DARE) Awards

Project: A comparison of waste anesthetic gas concentration across three Saskatoon post-anesthetic care units (PACUs).
Hedlin, P and Patterson, C.
Awarded: $4427.10. 

Excellence Award 

Hedlin P, Gamble J, Wassan EK, Ambros B. Failed Subarachnoid Block: Who’s to Blame? Provider, Product or Patient?  Provincial Department of Anesthesiology Research Excellence Award (DARE Awards). $12,500 for 2019-01-01 to 2020-12-31. 

About Us

Welcome to the Provincial Department of Anesthesiology, an academic and clinical department within the College of Medicine (CoM), University of Saskatchewan, and the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA).  With the introduction of a single health authority in Saskatchewan on Dec 04, 2017, our department continues to grow as a cohesive group of over 150 members. This includes 130 Specialist anesthesiologists (115 CoM faculty members), 26 Family Practice Anesthetists and affiliated.

The members of our department are fully engaged as clinicians, physician leaders, academics, educators and researchers throughout the Province. We provide safe and high quality connected clinical care, innovative education and cutting edge research benefiting the people of Saskatchewan and beyond. Our members provide clinical and other services in a variety of locations including hospital and non-hospital facility operating rooms, pre-operative assessment clinics, maternal and child care units, critical care units and other areas. 

We, the faculty, residents, and staff of the department invite you to learn more about what anesthesiology can offer to you as a learner, interested colleague and current or future patient.

Be well,

Dr. Mateen Raazi, MD, FRCPC
Provincial Department Head Anesthesiology
Provincial Department of Anesthesiology
University of Saskatchewan

Faculty Profiles

Undergraduate Program

The Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management has significant involvement in the undergraduate MD program.

Members are involved with pre-clinical teaching on local anesthesia pharmacology, general anesthesia pharmacology and perioperative medicine. In addition, many of our faculty participate in small group clinical skills teaching, communications skills sessions, simulation and OSCE examinations.

We have a popular shadowing program for first- and second-year USask medical students looking to explore the specialty and a vibrant student-led Anesthesia Interest Group. Students can also compete in our annual essay competition, the Bev Leech Anesthesia Book Prize.

USask third year clerks complete a core two-week anesthesiology rotation in either Saskatoon, Regina or Prince Albert. The overall objective of this rotation is to provide students with the skills and knowledge that is both practical and generalizable to the primary care physician.

The Department also offers elective anesthesia rotations to clerks from USask, other medical schools in Canada and approved international schools.

Elective students can expect to gain further generalist experience in the provision of anesthetic care in a wide compliment of general and subspecialty surgical services which may include:

  • pediatric
  • obstetric
  • vascular
  • neuro
  • thoracic
  • acute pain
  • regional
  • chronic pain
  • and trauma

We do not offer clerk electives exclusively in any individual subspecialty. Please contact the departmental staff should you have any questions!

Dr. Paul Korchinski
Director of Undergraduate Anesthesiology Education
Provincial Department of Anesthesiology
University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Paul Korchinski
Director of Undergraduate Anesthesiology Education

Dr. Ryan Pikaluk
Education Director, Regina Site

Dr. Derrick Williams
Education Director, Prince Albert Site

Erin Cook
Administrative Assistant, Saskatoon Site

Alexandra Strauss
Administrative Assistant, Regina Site

Nicole Toutant
Administrative Assistant, Prince Albert Site

Postgraduate Program

The University of Saskatchewan offers a five-year residency training program, which is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The department currently has 29 residents.  Residents rotate through the three hospitals in Saskatoon, as well as having access to three more hospitals in Regina and Prince Albert. These sites are: The Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon City Hospital, St. Paul's Hospital, Regina General Hospital, Pasqua Hospital and Victoria Hospital.

Throughout the year, residents, students and faculty prepare academic teaching rounds and presentations. It is important to know the copyright policies of our university when preparing for these presentations. 

Dr. Ian Jorgensen
Program Director                                                              
Provincial Department of Anesthesiology
University of Saskatchewan

There are six positions available in the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS). Each year there are also up to 2 additional residents that come into our program through re-entry or an alternative pathway. 

The main locations for the five-year training program are Saskatoon and Regina. Residents also have the opportunity to do community and out-of-province electives. CaRMS interviews are held in January and applicants have the opportunity to meet the residents and faculty during the interview process and an evening event.

For more information, please visit the CaRMS website.

Dr. Ian Jorgenson
Program Director

Megan Fortosky
Program Administrator, Undergraduate
& Postgraduate Education

Georgie Blackwell
Postgraduate Administrative Assistant

Continuing Education and Professional Development Events

The Department of Anesthesiology holds weekly grand rounds at 07:00-08:15 AM on Fridays at Health Science E1130. These are Royal College CME accredited events. The speakers range from residents to staff anesthesiologist. We also often have multi-disciplinary sessions. If you have any questions please email:

Dr. Henry Bi
Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development
Provincial Department of Anesthesiology
University of Saskatchewan


The Anesthesiology Journal Club provides faculty and residents a valuable opportunity to present their own research, and recent publications relevant to the area of Anesthesiology. This forum offers residents the chance to enhance their critical appraisal and public communication skills. Residents present their own research projects’ rationale and methodology for peer-review and lead an evidence-based discussion of selected publications.

The Journal Club meets at 17:30 on the third Thursday of every month from September to April. Each meeting features a minimum of one original research presentation, and one critical appraisal of a journal article and related discussion. The Department of Anesthesiology’s research staff, faculty, residents and collaborators are invited to attend the meetings.

Articles are chosen by the resident and links to the articles are circulated one week prior to the club.

If you are interested in learning more about the Journal Club or attending as a guest, please contact Dr. Erin Barbour-Tuck, Provincial Research Coordinator for the Department of Anesthesiology.


Welcome to the University of Saskatchewan Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management’s Research Program.

With support from the College of Medicine and the Department of Anesthesiology, we strive to advance the science of our discipline. We embrace the University of Saskatchewan’s culture of collaboration and diligence to pursue research excellence. Our goals are to produce high impact knowledge recognized and celebrated locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

With the efforts of our dedicated faculty, students, residents and staff, the Research Division conducts a broad range of research - from the bench to the bedside. These efforts include:

  • Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction
  • Medical Education
  • Perioperative Fasting
  • Resuscitation
  • Airway Assessment
  • Mood Disorders
  • Virtual Care

While I am privileged to lead the Research program, we are fortunate to have a highly skilled and dedicated research team. Our team includes: Dr. Peter Hedlin (Clinician Scientist), Dr. Jennifer O’Brien (Research Associate), Dr. Erin Barbour-Tuck (Research Coordinator), Ms. Una Goncin (Research Assistant) and Mr. Jagmeet Singh Bajwa (Biostatistician).

We have recently launched a provincial research and innovation funding program - Provincial Department of Anesthesiology Research Excellence and Engagement Awards (DARE-Awards). For program details feel free to contact myself or Dr. Barbour-Tuck.

If you are interested in learning more about our research endeavors, feel free to contact us directly. We are always looking forward to collaboration from the broad scientific community to add to the breadth and impact of Anesthesiology research.

Dr. Jonathan Gamble, MD, FRCPC (Anes, Crit Care)
Executive Director of Research
Provincial Department of Anesthesiology
University of Saskatchewan 

Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management webpage and our Research Program.

 I had the privilege of joining the department in 2018 in both a clinical and research capacity. During my time here I’ve been incredibly impressed by the collaborative and supportive nature of our research members and support staff. 

Being in the early stages of my career, one of the initial challenges has been to develop an area of research focus.  There are so many fascinating areas of research in the world of anesthesia and perioperative medicine, it’s hard to narrow the list down.

In our Department, we have ongoing research in multiple and diverse areas of Anesthesiology including Cardiac Anesthesia, Medical Education, Social Equity and Physician Wellness. My areas of research include Quality Improvement, Cardiac Anesthesia, and in particular, Perioperative Care.

My perioperative care research program builds upon my pre-medicine interests and research activity related to developing a vaccine for prion diseases.  Prions are transmissible misfolded proteins that can cause rapidly progressive cognitive decline and death in the affected individual.  Still fascinated by neuroscience, I became interested in the cognitive changes that occur in the perioperative period.  More and more evidence suggests that certain populations of patients are at high risk for developing cognitive dysfunction following surgery.  In most cases, the effects are temporary, but for some patients it can be a long lasting, or even permanent change.  The cognitive decline can end up affecting a patient’s length of hospital stay, and the level of care required once they are discharged.  At this point we still don’t have a good understanding of what causes it, or how we can prevent it.                   

 Our research program continues to grow. I am currently focused on establishing collaborations with other centres in Canada who are already working in the area of post-operative cognitive dysfunction.  Our department is currently participating in a multicentre trial looking at the effects of benzodiazepines on delirium following cardiac surgery.  Next steps for our research program include expanding our research support team so that we can continue our current projects while fostering the increased demand for participation in valuable clinical research collaborations and trials.

Eventually we hope to provide opportunities for graduate students to join our teams working on projects related to perioperative cognitive dysfunction.  

If you are interested in perioperative care or research, feel free to contact our department main office, or our Provincial Research Coordinator, Dr. Erin Barbour-Tuck.

Peter Hedlin PhD, MD, FRCPC
Clinical Scientist

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Anesthesiology
University of Saskatchewan
1. Cardiac Anesthesiology

Cardiac Anesthesia is a subspecialty of anesthesiology related to peri/intra and post-operative care of patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgeries. Cardiac Anesthesia poses significant clinical challenges given the invasive nature of surgery, patient population, and common physiologic instability.

Faculty: Ryan Pikaluk, Michele Clunie, Peter Hedlin, Eugene Choo

2. POCUS and Medical Education

Point of Care Ultrasound is the use of portable ultrasound as a diagnostic tool that leads to improved operational efficiency, expedited triage, shorted time to diagnosis, and improved patient outcomes.

Faculty: Michele Clunie, Lei Xia, Mateen Raazi, Paul Korchinski, Rob Perverseff

3. Social/Gender Equity in Care

Equity of care is the absence of differences in care attributable to (perceived) differences among people groups defined by social, economic, cultural or geographic characteristics. Equity of care promotes equity in health outcomes.

We work closely with the Saskatchewan Center for Patient Oriented Research and our projects are enhanced by working with patients and patient families as our collaborators and Co-investigators.

Faculty: Michele Clunie, Mateen Raazi, Krissie Urmson

4. Quality Improvement

Quality Improvement research is an iterative process that collects and analyzes data on processes, interventions, and outcomes to promote ongoing evaluation and improvement in practice and performance.

Faculty: Malone Chaya, Lei Xia, Krissie Urmson, Peter Hedlin, Richard Schaan

5. Leadership and Health Care Systems

The study of Leadership in Health Care Systems ultimately aims to improve patient outcomes by improving the field of medicine and anesthesiology at a management and policy level. Research in this area generates data-driven observations, strategy development, and implementation frameworks for improving collaboration, processes, and outcomes at the level of the patient, clinician, individual, team and department level.

Faculty: Mateen Raazi, Lei Xia

6. Physician Wellness

Physician wellness or lack thereof, has an impact on the physician as well as on patient outcomes, and the health care system. Our research in this area explores consistent and novel stressors and challenges faced by physicians and residents, and works with physicians and residents to identify supports and solutions to avoiding burnout, anxiety and other mental and physical health concerns.

Faculty: Mateen Raazi, Joann Kawchuk, Anita Chakravarti

7. Pediatrics

Pediatric anesthesiology is a subspecialty of Anesthesiology concerned with the care of children from newborn to adolescents, providing peri/intra and post-operative care to children, many who have complex medical problems affecting multiple organs and systems of the body.

Faculty: Jon Gamble, Krissie Urmson, Mateen Raazi

8. Critical Care

Critical care anesthesiologists work with patients in the intensive care unit, who have recently experienced surgery, trauma or severe infection, and require intravenous medication, monitoring heart activity, blood oxygen levels, blood pressure, respiratory and heart rate and modifying medication accordingly.

Faculty: Jon Gamble, Joann Kawchuk, Brian Brownbridge, Raj Brar

9. Peri-/Intra-operative Care

Peri(intra)operative care refers to the patient care provided surrounding a surgical event. Intraoperative care begins when the patient is transferred to the operating room and involves the administration of anesthesia to induces temporary unconsciousness, and/or eliminate (block) the pain sensation. Postoperative care comprises the time during which patients are still under anesthesia and admitted to the Post Anesthetic Care Unit (PACU) where they are monitored for vital stability and surgical complications.

Faculty: Malcom Lucy, Jon Gamble, Ryan Lett, Peter Hedlin, Brian Taylor

10. Regional Anesthesiology

Regional Anesthesiology is the administration of local anesthetic close to a nerve supplying and area of the body on which the surgery/procedure will occur. This includes epidural anesthesia for labor and delivery pain control.

Faculty: Churao Yang

Google Scholar contains some recent publications that members of our department have published.

Dr. Jonathan Gamble
Executive Director Research

Dr. Peter Hedlin
Clinician Scientist 

Dr. Jennifer O’Brien
Research Associate 

Dr. Erin Barbour-Tuck
Provincial Research Coordinator

Una Goncin
Research Assistant

Dr. Mary Ellen Walker

Patient Information

Many of our patients have questions about our role as anesthesiologists as well as what types of anesthesia we can provide.  This section provides links to the Canadian Anesthesiologist's Society Website.

What are Anesthesiologists?
What are the different types of Anesthesia?
Anesthesia frequently asked questions


Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management
Royal University Hospital
G525-103 Hospital Drive
Saskatoon, SK
S7N 0W8

Phone: 306-655-1183
Fax: 306-655-1279

 Nataghia Doré
Executive Assistant to Dr. Raazi, Provincial Head,
Coordinator, Finance & Administration
Teresa Krueger
Scheduling Manager
Mark Walkner
Manager, Finance and Administration
 Karyn Stewart
Administrative Assistant
Bianca Ramos
Administrative Assistant & Clinical Bookings