Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society

Winners – Honour Awards

2018 Honour Award Recipients

Gold Medal recipients:

The Gold Medal is the highest award given by CAS. It is a personal award consisting of an inscribed medal given in recognition of excellence and leadership in anesthesia. 

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Dr. Adrian Gelb 
San Francisco, CA

Dr. Adrian Gelb is a highly influential and accomplished neuroanesthesiologist, both in Canada and internationally. He received his medical training at the University of Cape Town and continued on to serve two terms as Chairman of Anesthesia at the University of Western Ontario. Over a long and illustrious career, Dr. Gelb has made numerous contributions to the speciality. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and held over two million dollars in research funding. Dr. Gelb has received multiple teaching and mentorship awards including the prestigious Society of Neuroscience in Anesthesia and Critical Care Distinguished Teacher award. In addition, Dr. Gelb is an in-demand speaker throughout the world and has established multiple global health initiatives. In doing so, he has helped improve the standards and quality of anesthetic care around the world. He is currently a professor of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at the University of California in San Francisco.

Dr. Richard Hall
Halifax, NS:

Dr. Richard Hall trained as a pharmacist at Dalhousie University followed by a transition into medicine, anesthesiology and critical care. Since that time, he has contributed to the advancement of anesthesiology, to its scientific body of knowledge and to the cultivation of a new generation of anesthesiologists, while simultaneously maintaining a demanding fulltime clinical practice. His accomplishments range from publishing over 80 peer reviewed articles and numerous book chapters to conducting over 70 multicentre clinical trials, speaking at a wide variety of national and international conferences and being awarded 54 research contracts from industry. Dr. Hall initiated and chairs the Perioperative Anesthesia Clinical Trials (PACT) Committee and, as the chair, has led the creation of a well functioning mechanism for conducting perioperative clinical trials in Canada. He is a recipient of the prestigious Doctors Nova Scotia Distinguished Service Award as well as a founding member of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group. Currently Dr. Hall is a Professor of Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine, Pharmacology and Critical Care Medicine and an Associate Professor of Surgery at Dalhousie University.
Dr. Homer Yang
London, ON:

Dr. Homer Yang
began his medical career at the University of Toronto followed by residencies at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. Over the course of his career he has made several important contributions to the specialty of anesthesia in Canada through his teaching, research, professional practice and administrative leadership. From 2003-2013 Dr. Yang served as the Head and Chair of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at The University of Ottawa, having previously
served as Chair of Anesthesia at McMaster University from 1997-2003. He received the Best Clinical Teacher Award six times as elected by residents in the Department of Anesthesia at McMaster University, and in 2014 received the CAS Clinical Teacher Award. In 2016 he was awarded the 2016 Innovation Fund Provincial Oversight Committee’s Chronic Care and Patient-Centered Care Award for his work pioneering the Postoperative Home Monitoring (POHM) Program at The
Ottawa Hospital. From 1996-2001 Dr. Yang was Chief Examiner of the RCPSC Oral Examination Board, where he and his team evolved the Objective Structured Clinical Examination format for anesthesia, one of the very first Canadian academic disciplines to do so. He is currently the Chair/Chief, Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, and its teaching Hospitals, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London.


Clinical Teacher Award recipient: 

Dr. Jeffrey Wassermann
Toronto, ON:

Dr. Jeffrey Wassermann is a Staff Physician in the Department of Anesthesia at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Anesthesia and Medicine (Division of Emergency Medicine) at the University of Toronto. He has taught many types of anesthesia learners including allied health professionals, anesthesia assistants, medical students, residents, fellows and faculty. Dr. Wassermann is the recipient of numerous teaching awards reflecting his immense positive impact. These include the W. T. Aikins Award from the University of Toronto, the most prestigious award for excellence in undergraduate medical education, the Dr. Gerald Edelist Award, the most important award in postgraduate education in the
Department of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto and the Dr. A.J. Dunn Award from the Department of Anesthesia at St. Michael’s Hospital for which he was the recipient five times. He is routinely sought by learners as an educational resource and expert and consistently receives high scores on his teaching evaluations and ranks in the top 10 of the Anesthesia Department at the University of Toronto.

The Clinical Teacher Award recognizes excellence in the teaching of clinical anesthesia.

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Clinical Practitioner Award recipient: 

Dr. Richard Merchant
New Westminster, BC:           

Dr. Richard Merchant is a full-time clinician who also supports many academic and research interests of the Anesthesia Department at Royal Columbian Hospital and the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of British Columbia. As a clinician at the Royal Columbian Hospital, he is directly involved with teaching residents and medical/nursing students. His dedication
in support of education, research and a scholarly approach to work was
recognized in 2017 with a Fraser Health Hero award from the Fraser Health Authority. He was President of the BC Anesthesiologists Society and subsequently Program Chair for the Annual Combined Meeting with the Washington State Society of Anesthesiologists for five years. He also continues to be involved with UBC and its evolving presence at the Royal Columbian Hospital.

The Clinical Practitioner Award recognizes excellence in clinical anesthesia practice.

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John Bradley Young Educator Award recipient:

Dr. Daniel Dubois
Ottawa, ON:

Dr. Daniel Dubois joined the University of Ottawa in 2015 as an Associate and Lecturer in the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. At that time, the University was making a pivotal shift from a traditional postgraduate training program. Their
need for education leadership was filled by Dr. Dubois, who as Associate Program Director and Competence by Design (CBD) Lead for the Anesthesiology Residency Program, effectively navigated the changes and was instrumental in the success of the program’s CBD implementation, now serving as a model for the rest of the country. Dr. Dubois is also a member of the Royal College Specialty
Committee for CBD in Anesthesia where he has taken his experience in Ottawa to help shape the future of specialty training requirements across Canada. He is also Co-Chair of the Residency Program Committee and chairs the Education and Clinical Competency Committees. In 2017 he was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the Canadian Association of Medical Educators which aims to promote medical education in Canadian medical schools and to reward faculty commitment in this area.                  

The John Bradley Young Educator Award recognizes excellence and effectiveness in education in anesthesia.

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Research Recognition Award recipient:

Dr. Mark Ansermino
Vancouver, BC:

Dr. Mark Ansermino is a professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics at the University of British Columbia and a member of the pediatric anesthesia staff at BC Children’s Hospital, which he joined as Director of Pediatric Anesthesia Research in 2001. At the University of British Columbia, Dr. Ansermino co-leads the Electrical & Computer Engineering in Medicine (ECEM) research team of engineers and clinicians who are developing
and evaluating novel mobile health applications to improve the health outcomes of women and children around the world. His ECEM work was recognized with the prestigious NSERC Brockhouse Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering. He is also the recipient of a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Award as well as numerous operating grants from both NSERC and the CIHR. Currently he is the Interim Director for the Center for International Child Health at BC Children’s Hospital where he leads several initiatives to develop low-cost, robust technologies to address pressing global health challenges, such as pneumonia, malnutrition, and sepsis in children, and the complications of pre-eclampsia in pregnancy. His pre-eclampsia project was one of 16 international projects funded by Grand Challenges Canada, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and the World Bank. In addition, his group received $26 million in grants from the Bill and Melinda Foundation for large scale clinical trials in pre-eclampsia.

The Research Recognition Award honours a senior investigator who has contributed to and sustained major contributions in anesthesia research in Canada.

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Emeritus Membership recipient:

Dr. Peter Duncan
Victoria, BC:          

Dr. Peter Duncan is a widely respected clinician, teacher, researcher and administrator. He began his medical training at the University of Manitoba and is both a pediatric and general anesthesiologist. Dr. Duncan has provided services in many areas of anesthesia practice, including a published book, over 60 publications and chapters and eight research grants. He has served many leadership roles including
Professor and Chairman of both the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Saskatchewan (1986-1993) and the Department of Anaesthesia at Queen’s University (1993-1998) as well as President of ACUDA from 1996-1998. He has also contributed widely to the CAS, serving as divisional representative from 1982, as Chair of the Standards of Practice Committee and CAS President in
1988. At the Victoria General Hospital, Dr. Duncan has worked to develop the pediatric program, caring for many of their challenging neonatal cases.

Emeritus Membership recognizes retired individuals who during their long-standing practice made a significant contribution to anesthesia.

Medical Student Prize recipients:

The Medical Student Prize increases awareness among undergraduate medical students of the specialty of anesthesia and the role of anesthesiologists in healthcare.

2017 Medical Student Prize recipients


Gold Award Past Winners

Clinical Teacher Past Winners

Clinical Practitioner Past Winners

John Bradley Young Educator Award Past Winners

Medical Student Prize Award Past Winners

Research Recognition Award Past Winners