We are very pleased to announce that effective September 2015 Dr. Renée El-Gabalawy has assumed the position of Clinical-Scientist as an Assistant Professor in a joint faculty appointment between the Departments of Anesthesia and Clinical Health Psychology, University of Manitoba. The position is supported by the Dean of the College of Medicine, by the Office of the Vice-President of Research, and by the Departments of Anesthesia and Clinical Health Psychology.
Dr. El-Gabalawy’s primary research and clinical interests are in the areas of health psychology, encompassing pain and chronic disease, as well as anxiety and trauma-related disorders. Dr. El-Gabalawy previously completed a CIHR Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement fellowship at Yale University, and recently completed her clinical residency at the Charleston Consortium (Behavioral Medicine Track) in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the Ralph H. Johnson Veteran Affairs Medical Center and the Institute of Psychiatry and Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her clinical residency involved a specialization in behavioral medicine including adjustment to illness, chronic pain, end of life treatment, and pre-operative surgical evaluations and a subspecialty with victims of civilian trauma.
Dr. El-Gabalawy is interested in collaborative research with members of the Department of Anesthesia. Dr. El-Gabalawy’s primary areas of research are (1) the comorbidity between physical conditions, including chronic pain, and mental disorders, particularly anxiety and trauma-related disorders; and (2) peri-operative factors associated with post-traumatic sequelae of acute health events (e.g., perioperative events, life threatening acute illness or injury) and exploring effective interventions for this population.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. El-Gabalawy to this new position in our department. Feel free to contact her with any ideas for collaborative research. Her research office is located on the 2nd Floor of Harry Medovy House.