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  • Lecturer

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
    University of Manitoba
    AE200, Harry Medovy House – 671 William Avenue
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0Z2

    Phone: 204-880-8528 
    Fax: 204-808-8881

Research themes

  • To develop and evaluate methods to enhance patients' quality of recovery and reduce the risk of adverse postoperative outcomes following major noncardiac surgery
  • To understand variation in critical care resource utilization and short- and long-term outcomes among patients undergoing major noncardiac surgery

Research interests

  • Perioperative comparative effectiveness and patient-centered outcomes research
  • Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) implementation and outcomes
  • Acute postoperative pain and effectiveness of analgesic interventions
  • Critical care services organization, provision, and management in noncardiac surgical populations
  • Principles of causal study designs and inferential techniques
  • Use of large databases for real-world evidence analyses

Research groups

Research summary

My research interests are in perioperative comparative effectiveness and outcomes research, health services research, and health informatics, focusing on postoperative complications, enhanced recovery, and patient-reported outcomes following major noncardiac surgery in adults. My current research focuses on developing and evaluating methods to enhance patients’ quality of recovery and reduce the risk of adverse postoperative outcomes following major noncardiac surgery, particularly as they relate to variations in perioperative processes of care.



  • Master of Science in Epidemiology (SM), Clinical Epidemiology Area of Interest, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University (2020)
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Anesthesiology Residency Program, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, University of Manitoba (2014)
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD), University of Toronto (2009)
  • Honours Bachelor of Science (HonBSc), University of Toronto (2005)


  • Clinical Teaching: Attending, Clerkship Teaching Award Nomination, Manitoba Medical Students' Association Teaching Awards (2017)
  • Dr. Donalda Margaret Huggins Scholarship in Anesthesia, awarded to an anesthesiologist who has demonstrated excellence in the discipline and wishes to develop further clinical, research, or educational skills (2015, 2016)
  • Dr. A.W. Harrison Award, Peters-Boyd Academy, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, awarded to the graduating medical student demonstrating the highest cumulative academic achievement and research productivity during their four years at the Academy (2009)

Contact us

Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Max Rady College of Medicine
Harry Medovy House, second floor
671 William Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0Z2 Canada