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Excellence, Vigilance and Caring… as Patients Progress through Surgery

 Department Sites:
The Ottawa Hospital
– Civic Campus
– General Campus
– Riverside Campus
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Residency Program Training
Fellowship Program Training
Undergraduate Anesthesiology Program
Anesthesiology Research

Contact Us:
Anna Hwang, Executive Director
Fax: (613)761-5209

Mailing Address:
The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus,
Department of Anesthesiology
Room B307, 1053 Carling Avenue,
Mail Stop 249
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1Y 4E9
Tel (613)761-4169
Fax (613)761-5209 (Department Office)

The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus,
Department of Anesthesiology
501 Smyth Rd,

Critical Care Wing 1401
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1H 8L6
Tel (613)737-8187
Fax (613)737-8189

The Department of Anesthesiology at the Ottawa Hospital is a vibrant community of physicians, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, and support staff, dedicated to deliver the best patient care through the practice of Anesthesiology and Peri-Operative Medicine.

We provide a broad range of Perioperative Services in The Ottawa Hospital. You will find us caring after patients on the Birthing Unit, the maternity wards, and the Pre-Admissions Unit. You will also find us in the Operating Room and the recovery room immediately after surgery (PACU). We are there looking after postoperative pain on the surgery wards. We see patients in chronic pain clinics. For complex cancer patients, we maintain the Complex Cancer Pain Clinic jointly with Palliative Care. You will find us in the Intensive Care Units, the Hyperbaric Unit, and we administer anesthesia care in remote locations in endoscopy and in radiology suites. We see you through your most critical times.

We strive to maintain the highest Academic Standards in our everyday practice. We train future Anesthesiologists through our affiliation with the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. We are an active participant in the Undergraduate Program at the Medical School. Although already highly regarded by Canadian Anesthesiology residents and consultants, our residency program continues to strive to further improve the education of our residents. The subspecialty fellowships offered by our Department are highly sought after: the focus is always on the education of our fellows. Visit the respective websites:  and

The Ottawa Hospital Department spans several Campuses; the University of Ottawa Department, in addition to The Ottawa Hospital, also includes the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Please visit our Department website to obtain more information.

We are striving to improve our practice by engaging in active research in Anesthesiology, with special focus on care after elderly patients including perioperative cardiovascular and perioperative neurological research, improved pain control and prevention of chronic pain, and innovations in patient safety and education using Simulation.

We are proud to be actively involved in the collaboration between The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa – The University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre (uOSSC), the largest Clinical Simulation Facilities in Canada. Visit us  at

Message from the Chair

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

People who inspire us often significantly influence our choice of career. As a junior doctor I was fortunate to work with several great physicians: anesthesiologists who were often called to the most severely ill patients or those with untreatable pain, who then treated those patients with care, compassion and confidence. Those inspirational clinicians brought me into the specialty of anesthesiology, one of the truly holistic medical specialties with our involvement across perioperative and pain medicine. In anesthesiology we have a strong tradition of developing great physicians. Some of the greatest physicians in the last 200 years were also anesthesiologists: individuals such as John Snow, Virginia Apgar, Harold Griffith and John Bonica were all anesthesiologists who changed medicine with their innovation and leadership.

At the University of Ottawa, Department of Anesthesiology we strive to continue this tradition of excellence. To provide each patient with the care and compassion we would want for our loved ones is central to our mission. This motivation drives our passion for training the next generation of great physicians and can be seen by our involvement in undergraduate education and by our innovative graduate programs. The competence by design residency program under development at the University of Ottawa is a first in anesthesiology and will influence the way we train future anesthesiologists for generations. Lead by our faculty of clinicians and scientists, we are committed to finding the best ways to treat patients in the perioperative period and to treat those with severe pain whether that be after surgery, chronic or cancer pain.

Anesthesiology is the practice of medicine. Each day, we work to improve the way we care for patients and want to attract to our specialty those individuals whose passion is to make a difference to patient care through great education and research. Our faculty and colleagues welcome you to visit us.

Yours sincerely,

Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology
University of Ottawa
Head of Anesthesiology, The Ottawa Hospital
Scientist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

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Last updated on: June 15th, 2021