Greetings from the Neuroanesthesia Section of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society!

CAS logoWe would like to take this opportunity to let SNACC members know more about our section’s activities, including the upcoming Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS) meeting. Our section is growing and we are fortunate to have a great group of people on the Executive and serving as Members-at-Large. Our Section Executive is listed below, with Dr. Jason Chui (London, ON) being elected as our new Secretary/Treasurer last year. Our Members-at-Large (in alphabetical order) are Dr. Miguel Arango (London, ON), Dr. Melissa Brockerville (St John’s, NL), Dr. Tumul Chowdhury (Winnipeg, MB), Dr. Melinda Davis (Calgary, AB) and Dr. Robert McTaggart (Calgary, AB). Members of the CAS can join our section for a nominal fee and receive a regular newsletter as well as admittance to our annual section event at the meeting.

The CAS Neuroanesthesia Section members with some of our invited speakers at the 2018 CAS Annual Meeting in Montreal, QC.

As members of the CAS Neuroanesthesia Section Executive, we are responsible for creating the “Neuroanesthesia Track” at the CAS Annual Meeting June 21-24, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta. In 2018, we were fortunate to have some exceptional speakers, including invited international speakers Dr. George Mashour and Dr. Phil Vlisides (see photo). We have another high-quality neuroanesthesia program planned for the upcoming CAS Meeting ( including some accomplished SNACC members (Dr. Karen Domino, Dr. Martin Smith, and Dr. Laura Hemmer) in addition to our similarly excellent speakers from Canada (spine surgeon Dr. Brian Kwon, Dr. Melinda Davis, Dr. Tumul Chowdhury and more). Dr. Domino will give a refresher lecture on preventing neurological injury during general anesthesia and this year’s section event will feature an update on the Endovascular Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke, from the perspectives of anesthesiology, interventional radiology and neurology. The rest of our program includes a symposium on the management of acute spinal cord injury and two neuroanesthesia problem-based learning cases. Finally, our section provides an award to the top Neuroanesthesia Abstract presented at the meeting each year. We welcome all SNACC members to join us.

This year, we are excited to co-sponsor an abstract travel award with SNACC to assist a Canadian medical student, resident, or fellow to present their research at the SNACC annual meeting. We look forward to further collaborations between our section and SNACC in the future.


The CAS Neuroanesthesia Section Executive
Dr. Alana Flexman, Vancouver BC (Chair)
Dr. Marie-Helene Tremblay, Quebec City QC (Past Chair)
Dr. Lakshmi Venkatraghavan, Toronto ON (Vice Chair)
Dr. Jason Chui, London ON (Secretary-Treasurer)

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