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.

Our Speakers

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

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. Beverley Orser

Dr. Beverley Orser, MD, PhD, FRCPC, was the first anesthesiologist to be awarded a Canada Research Chair for her research work on the molecular basis of anesthesia and analgesia in 2003. Dr. Orser graduated from Queen’s University Medical School, interned at the Royal Columbian Hospital in B.C., and has practiced in remote regions of Canada and overseas. She subsequently returned to McMaster University, Oxford University, and the University of Toronto to complete her specialty FRCPC training in Anesthesiology and Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Orser’s has published over 120 scientific papers, has been invited to lecture at national and international conferences. and has always been committed to training the next generation of research students and clinician-scientists. She co-founded the Canadian Standards Association Panel on Drug Labeling, the Institute of Safe Medication Practices Canada, and the Patient Safety Committee of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society. Dr. Orser has been awarded the Canada Research Chair in Anesthesia, the first Frontiers in Anesthesia Award from the IARS, the Research Recognition Award from the CAS, the Recognition Award from the Institute of Safe Medication Practices of the United States, the Premier’s Research Excellence Award, and the Career Scientist Award from the Ontario Ministry of Health. Dr. Orser was elected as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2012.

Dr. Robert Arntfield

Dr. Robert Arntfield, MD, FRCPC, FCCP, FACEP, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Western University. He is a trained emergency physician, intensivist and traumatologist who is active with point of care ultrasound in all clinical areas. He is co-author of the textbook: Point-of-Care Ultrasound and is director of the critical care ultrasound program at Western University. He is a course leader for the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) critical care ultrasonography program and teaches and lectures on point of care ultrasound throughout the world. He completed a point of care ultrasound fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York where, in his capacity as an attending physician, he received the Attending of the Year award. In addition to being a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Dr. Arntfield is an adult echocardiography diplomate with the National Board of Echocardiography. Special interests include resuscitative ultrasound, critical care ultrasound and applications of transesophageal echocardiography in critical illness and cardiac arrest.

Dr. Michael Gropper

Dr. Michael Gropper, MD, PhD, completed medical school at UCLA, and then an anesthesia residency and a critical care fellowship at UCSF. He is now a Professor and Vice Chairman Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, Director of Critical Care Medicine, Professor of Physiology, and Associate Investigator of Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the clinical research lead for NIH funded research on Transfusion and Lung Injury at UCSF and the Mayo Clinic, where enrolment continues for patients undergoing spine surgery. He is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards.

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. Michael Murphy

Dr. Michael Murphy MD, FRCPC (EM), FRCPC (ANES) is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology in both the US and Canada.  Dr Murphy served on the Canadian Airway Focus Group of the Canadian Anesthesiologist’s Society and has served on the Board of the Society for Airway Management (SAM).  He is an internationally recognized educator in the field of airway management and is a founding Co-Director of the Difficult Airway Courses: Anesthesia, Emergency and EMS.  He is currently the Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, University of Alberta and the Zone Chief, Department of Anesthesiology, Edmonton Zone in Edmonton, Alberta.  He completed his emergency medicine residency training at Denver General Hospital in Denver, Colorado, and his anesthesiology training at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He has served as Chief of Emergency Medicine of the Victoria General Hospital, Halifax, Nova Scotia (1986-1991), Chief of Emergency Medicine, Izaak Walton Killam Children’s Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia (1991-1996), Chief of Emergency Medicine, McMaster University Medical Center, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (1993-1997), the first Executive Director of Emergency Medical Services for the province of Nova Scotia, Canada, and was responsible for designing and implementing a high performance, full service, advanced life support EMS system in the province (1995-2001), Clinical Chief of Anesthesiology, Lincoln Medical Center, Lincolnton, NC and served as an Emergency Physician at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC; appointed as a Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill (2001-2005), and Professor and Chair Department of Anesthesiology and Professor of Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University; and the Clinical Chief of Anesthesia at the Capital District Health Authority, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (2005-2010).  

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. Studio suites starting at $269.00 per night* including complimentary wifi for WAS guests! Must book before Feb 1, 2017 Use this link now to book your room now: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1607150854&key=2461ECD7 Read more about the Westin Whistler Resort at their website: www.westinwhistler.com. *Subject to availability!

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