DEPARTMENT HEAD'S MESSAGE
Message From Our Department Head

The Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Manitoba, together with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Program, endeavors to provide exemplary anesthesia services, education, and research.  We currently deliver clinical services at nine distinct clinical sites across the city and provide services to over 80,000 patients per year.  We have an excellent faculty of approximately 110 anesthesiologists, 35 anesthesiology residents, multiple fellows, and physician extenders including anesthesia clinical assistants (ACAs)and 8 ophthalmic sedation practitioners (OSPs).

In addition to providing clinical services in the operating room, our faculty provide the majority of chronic pain services for patients in the province of Manitoba, and a large presence in the division of Critical Care Medicine, Palliative Care and Echocardiography.  

Dr. Rob Brown, Association Head - Educational Affairs leads our teaching portfolio which includes postgraduate education, undergraduate education, fellowships and CME activities.  The residency program will be under the leadership of Dr. Johann Strumpher.

Dr. Stephen Kowalski, Associate Head - Reseach and Academic Affairs leads a high functioning research office to assists residents, fellows, faculty and other researchers in developing and day-to-day management of protocols. The research operation is funded through multiple sources including an academic overhead expense (contributed to by the majority of anesthesiologists in the Department), the WRHA and the University. The Research Office now has a substantial budget to support the development of research. Our highly successful internal grants are a reflection of this innovative approach.

Dr. Prakashen Govender, Associate Head - Clinical Operation leads our integrated regional clinical operations portfolio.