Whistler Anesthesia Summit

March 1 - 4, 2018 Westin Hotel

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Whistler Anesthesia Summit

March 1 - 4, 2018 - Westin Hotel

Register now

Whistler Anesthesia Summit

March 1 - 4, 2018 - Westin Hotel

Register now

The Whistler Anesthesiology Summit

March 1 - 4, 2018 - Westin Hotel

Register now

The Whistler Anesthesiology Summit

March 1 - 4, 2018 - Westin Hotel

Register now

The Whistler Anesthesiology Summit

March 1 - 4, 2018 - Westin Hotel

Register now

Our Mission

The mission of the Whistler Anesthesiology Summit is to deliver the highest standard in educational updates, covering all aspects of anesthesia care. Our conference is supported by UBC Continuing Professional Development, a division of the Faculty of Medicine UBC, and is eligible for 15.5 MOC Section 1 credits.

Our Venues

Whistler, BC, Canada, is regarded as one of the top resorts in North America and 2010 was an exciting year to be there because of all of the Olympic activity. Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains offer the highest lift-serviced vertical and the largest terrain of any ski area in North America, with large alpine bowls and forested glades, expert grooming and ski runs that last forever.


Our speakers are national and international leaders in anesthesia and health care. 10+ Influential and inspirational speakers including top Anesthesiologists. 20+ Dynamic sessions dedicated towards keeping you informed on the new processes/procedures and other information.

Other Activities

More information about Whistler Blackcomb is available on the Whistler Blackcomb website. To book pre-arranged discount passes and rentals for our conference participants.


Consider submitting an abstract for e-poster & oral presentation at the Whistler Anesthesiology Summit on March 1-4, 2018.

Our Speakers

Our speakers are national and international leaders in anesthesia. Come learn, and ski, with us.

Dr. Ellen O’Sullivan

Chair, Scientific Committee on Respiration & Airway Management, European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA); Board Member, Society Airway Management (SAM); Professor of Anaesthesia & Airway Management, Difficult Airway Society

Dr. PJ Devereaux

Dr. PJ Devereaux , MD, PhD, FRCPC, completed medical school at McMaster University and pursued residencies in internal medicine at the University of Calgary and cardiology at Dalhousie University. He then obtained a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology at McMaster University, and for his research success he was honoured with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario Career Investigator Award. He was the Co-PI of the POISE-1 Trial, the world’s largest cardiac randomized controlled trial in patients undergoing noncardiac surgery. Dr. Devereaux is the PI of the VISION Study that evaluated major vascular complications in a representative sample of 40,000 patients undergoing noncardiac surgery in 14 centres in 10 countries. He is also the PI of the POISE-2 Trial that evaluated the effects of clonidine versus placebo and ASA versus placebo in a factorial 10,000 patient trial among patients undergoing noncardiac surgery. Dr. Devereaux has published over 180 peer reviewed papers and 40 editorials, book chapters and commentaries. He is currently the Head of Cardiology and the Perioperative Medicine Program at the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, and Associate Profressor Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University. He is also the Scientific Leader of the Perioperative Medicine and Surgical Research Group at the Population Health Research Institute.

Dr. Edward Mariano

Dr. Edward Mariano, MD, MAS, graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his anesthesiology residency and pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital with emphases on clinical investigation and regional anesthesia and perioperative pain management for children. Dr. Mariano joined the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of California, San Diego, in 2004, where he started UCSD’s current training program in Regional Anesthesia and earned his Masters Degree in clinical research. He served as Division Chief of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine until 2010. The UCSD Regional Anesthesia Fellowship that he founded was the first fellowship in this subspecialty in California recognized by the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. In 2010,Dr. Mariano returned to the Stanford community to serve as Chief of the Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care Service at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. His clinical research interests include the development of techniques and patient care pathways to improve postoperative pain control and other surgical outcomes in adults and children. He is particularly interested in regional anesthesia, the specific application of local anesthetics and adjuvants at the site of peripheral nerves, in the context of producing target-specific pain relief. You can follow Dr. Mariano on Twitter (@EMARIANOMD).

Dr. André Denault

Dr. André Denault MD, PhD, FRCPC is an anesthesiologist and a critical care physician.  He works at the Institut de Cardiologie de Montréal and the Hôpital de Notre-Dame.  He is also a senior clinical scientist with FRSQ (Fonds de Recerche Santé Québec).  He attended medical school at the Université de Montréal, completed a residency in Internal Medicine at McGill University and went on to a Critical Care Fellowship in Pittsburgh.  He then returned to the Université de Montréal to pursue Anesthesiology, and in 2010, recertified with the American National Board for Perioperative Transesophogeal Echocardiography and obtained a PhD in biomedical science (Université de Montréal).  He is an award winning teacher (Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Medicine, CHUM-Hôpital Saint-Luc 2010), the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and the textbook, TEE Multimedia Manual, 2nd édition in 2010, nominated by the British Medical Association as one of the top five cardiology books of the year in 2011.  In 2015, he will be returning lead a CAE sponsored transthoracic echocardiography workshop in Whistler which will require separate registration.

Dr. Clyde Matava

Dr. Clyde Matava is a graduate of the College of Medicine, University of Zimbabwe. He completed his pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at the University of Toronto, where he is now Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia. As the Director of Innovation, Informatics and Technology, Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, he was central to overhauling the medical education system, including eLearning modules for the 'flipped classroom' clerkship. His research around using virtual reality to combat preoperative anxiety and pain had success at IARS.

Dr. Michael Negraeff

Chair, Board of Directors, Pain BC; Associate Member, International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries (ICORD); Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University of British Columbia

What the Attendees Say


For 2018 we are pleased to be back at the Westin Whistler Resort and Spa! Situated beside the Whistler and Blackcomb Gondolas in Whistler Village, the Westin a highly desirable and convenient venue for exploring all that Whistler has to offer. All rooms are equipped with a full kitchen which helps to make our conference even more family friendly. And Westin Heavenly Pet Beds also available upon request! Special conference accommodation rates are now available.

Read more about the Westin Whistler Resort at their website: www.westinwhistler.com. *Subject to availability!

Conference rates start at: $299 CDN per night (plus taxes - other rates also available).
Book your reservation:  Coming Soon
Reservation Deadline: Feb 1, 2018 
Please note we anticipate rooms to sell out by December 2017 - book early to avoid disappointment!

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Whistler Anesthesiology Summit

4090 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada

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