Whistler Anesthesia Summit

March 2 - 5, 2017 Westin Hotel

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Whistler Anesthesia Summit

March 2 - 5, 2017 - Westin Hotel

Register now

Whistler Anesthesia Summit

March 2 - 5, 2017 - Westin Hotel

Register now

The Whistler Anesthesiology Summit

March 2 - 5, 2017 - Westin Hotel

Register now

The Whistler Anesthesiology Summit

March 2 - 5, 2017 - Westin Hotel

Register now

The Whistler Anesthesiology Summit

March 2 - 5, 2017 - 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.

Our Recent News

Whistler Anesthesiology Summit news, educational updates, speakers and event information covering all aspects of anesthesia care.


*NEW THIS YEAR* we are featuring a novel Surgical Airway and Other Critical Skills Workshop....

Our Speakers

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

Dr. Tino Piscione

Dr. Tino Piscione, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Physician Advisor, Safe Medical Care, joined CMPA in July 2014, following 12 years as a staff pediatric nephrologist and clinician scientist in the department of pediatrics at The Hospital for Sick Children and as an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Piscione graduated in medicine at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1991. He subsequently completed residency training in pediatrics and pediatric nephrology at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 1996. Dr. Piscione’s background in medical education stems from past experience as associate and head program director of the Paediatric Nephrology Residency Training Program at University of Toronto. His interest in patient safety and quality improvement is founded on formal education in the Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Certificate Program at University of Toronto.

Dr. Allan Holmes

Dr. Holmes is a fellowship trained emergency physician with a passion for education. He has been involved in the design and delivery of emergency training programs for audiences ranging from laypersons to specialist physicians. He has trained flight crews from both the private and commercial airline industry sector and routinely volunteers his services whenever the flight attendant asks "is there a doctor on board".

Dr. Tony Roche

Tony is a Vascular, Thoracic and Trauma anesthesiologist at Harborview Medical Center is Seattle. He has a longstanding multi-institutional global health collaboration with Makerere University and Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda and Moshi, Tanzania that focuses on development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies to increase surgical and perioperative care capacity in resource-poor settings. He has strong ties with the UW Department of Bioengineering and with PATH, utilizing technologic development and solutions to global health problems. This overall collaboration has successfully secured three seed/development grants from PATH, a Global WaCH-Coulter Foundation grant, as well as a Saving Lives at Birth grant.

Dr. Peter Platt

Dr. Peter Platt is an Anesthesiologist at the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre in Perth, Western Australia. He spent three years at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the early 80's and was appointed Deputy Head of Department on return to Perth; an appointment he held until recently. His clinical interests include cardiac and neuroanaesthesia and is the Clinical Lead of the Western Australian Anaesthetic Allergy Clinic. Research interests include the behaviour of the upper airway for which, with co-workers, he has been nominated for the Eureka Prize and perioperative anaphylaxis for which he recently received a Council Citation by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. His published work has received over 1400 citations.

Dr. Jens Lohser

Dr. Jens Lohser, MD MSc FRCPC is an associate professor and the head of the division of thoracic anesthesia at the University of British Columbia.  After medical school at the University of Toronto and anesthesia residency at the University of British Columbia, he completed a cardiothoracic anesthesia fellowship at Stanford University under the guidance of Dr. Jay Brodksy, one of the early pioneers of thoracic anesthesia.  He returned to UBC and Vancouver General Hospital in 2005 where he has been practicing as a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist since.  His professional interests are focused on thoracic anesthesia, where he has published original research on ultrasound guidance for thoracic epidural placement and acute kidney injury after thoracic surgery.  He is regarded as an expert in one-lung ventilation management and lung injury avoidance, an area that he has published in and presented on extensively.  He has been on the organizing committee of the Thoracic Anesthesia Symposium, a satellite event to the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesia annual meeting since 2014.

Dr. Laura Duggan

Dr. Laura Duggan, MD, FRCPC, is a Clinical Associate Professor University of British Columbia Department of Anesthesiology. Airway management, resuscitation, cardiac anesthesia and echocardiography sums up the ABCs of my life. A hazard even on a bunny hill.

Dr. Alana Flexman

Dr. Alana Flexman, MD, FRCPC, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Dr. Alana Flexman is a staff anesthesiologist at Vancouver General Hospital and Head of the Division of Neuroanesthesia. Dr. Flexman completed her medical school training at the University of Toronto followed by residency training at UBC and a two-year Neuroanesthesia and Research Fellowship at the University of California San Francisco. Her clinical and research focus is on anesthesia for neurosurgical and spine procedures.

Dr. Colin McCartney

Colin McCartney trained in medicine at University of Edinburgh and then completed anesthesia and pain medicine training in Scotland before going to Toronto in 1999 for a fellowship in regional anesthesia and pain medicine. From 2000-2006 he was staff anesthetist and director of the regional anesthesia fellowship program at Toronto Western Hospital and from 2006 to 2014 was based at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto where he directed a multidisciplinary research team. He has published over 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals especially in relation to regional anesthesia and pain medicine and is an Editor of the journal Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and Associate Editor of the British Journal of Anaesthesia. He recently completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh but has also supervised and co-supervised many graduate students, fellows and residents in their own research in the last 15 years. He is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine where he chairs the committee on research.

Dr. Hilary Grocott

Dr. Grocott is a Professor in the Departments of Anesthesia and Surgery at the University of Manitoba. Having competed medical school at the University of Saskatchewan in 1990, and a residency in Anesthesia at the University of Manitoba in 1995, he went on to complete 3 years of fellowship and research training in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina where he later joined the faculty and was appointed Professor (with tenure) in 2006. In 2007, he relocated to the University of Manitoba, but continues to hold the position of Adjunct Professor of Anesthesiology at Duke University. He has published more than 250 peerreviewed articles, monographs, abstracts and book chapters in a range of anesthesia and cardiac surgical topics. His research interests largely relate to the cerebral sequelae of cardiac surgery, where he has performed extensive experimental work in his laboratory. More recently, he has focused on cerebral monitoring and adverse outcomes after cardiac surgery

Dr. Sulpicio Soriano

Sulpicio Soriano II, MD enjoys a position as a Boston Children's Hospital Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neuroanesthesia. He is a Senior Associate in Perioperative Anesthesia and Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and anesthesia residency at University of California Davis Medical Centre in Sacramento, CA. His fellowship in pediatric anesthesia first brought him to Boston Children's Hospital, where he explored his research interests in anesthetic neuromodulation of the developing brain and neuroimmunology. He has numerous publications in the field of anesthetic induced neurodegeneration of the developing brain, as well as pediatric neuroanesthesia topics such as preventing blood loss in craniosynostosis.

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.

What the Attendees Say


For 2017 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: $269 CDN per night (plus taxes) for a Deluxe Studio Suite and $319 for a One Bedroom Suite (other rates also available).
Book your reservation:  http://bit.ly/WestinWAS2017
Reservation Deadline: Feb 1, 2017 
Please note we anticipate rooms to sell out by December 2016 -book early to avoid disappointment!

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Whistler Anesthesiology Summit

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

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