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Since its inception, the Department of Anesthesiology at CHEO has been at the forefront of clinical and basic science research. Major contributions to the practice of pediatric anesthesia have been the Pain Scores (CHEOPS) and Preoperative Fasting Guidelines.

While our ongoing research is widely acclaimed, new areas of research are being explored. We have maintained a strong presence at regional, national and continental Pediatric Anesthesia meetings. Senior staff anesthesiologists guide the research and there is scope for newer ideas and projects. Young investigators are actively encouraged to join ongoing research and or initiate their own projects. Staff and Fellows with research interests are offered protected research and academic time. Close collaboration with the CHEO Research Institute ensures strategic statistical and epidemiological backup for the ongoing studies.

Recognition for our research has resulted in our staff being invited not only as guest speakers but also as external independent reviewers for various International peer reviewed anesthesia journals.

We have several areas of ongoing research activity:

Dr. Bould 

1. Simulation-based education and global health education, including an ongoing multicenter study on simulation for assessment.


Dr. Lamontagne:

1. A prospective study evaluating the combination of intravenous lidocaine and magnesium for chronic pain patients.

2. Celecoxib for Pediatric Adenotonsillectomy: A Randomized Controlled Double Blinded Study (Dr. Murto principle investigator)


Dr. Murto:

1. Celecoxib for Pediatric Adenotonsillectomy: A Randomized Controlled Double Blinded Study (principal investigator, recruited 259/261 patients)

2. The Utilization of Safety Intravenous Catheters in Pediatric Anesthesiology Practice: a Follow-up Survey

3. Addition of clonidine to 0.2% ropivacaine for wound instillation after minor lower abdominal surgery in children

4. Validation of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) guidelines to identify children with obstructive sleep apnea: finished recruitment of 380 patients.


Dr. Neira:

1. The impact of Trendelenburg position on respiratory system mechanics during laparoscopic surgery for intra abdominal testes in children.

2. Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Alerts in Pediatric Patients Undergoing Spinal Fusion Surgery.

3. Complication in scoliosis surgery in pediatrics

4. Blood loss, transfusion and blood conservation in posterior fusion surgery in adolescents.

5. Assessment of the “Challenging” CanMEDS competencies: Professional, Health Advocate and Scholar during crisis simulation. “PHAS simulation psychometric study"


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