2021 Honour Award Recipients

Dr John Murkin

Gold Medal

Dr John Murkin

London, ON

An internationally recognized clinical scientist, Dr Murkin is currently Professor of Anesthesia, past Director of Cardiac Anesthesiology Research, and past Chair of the Anesthesiology Research Committee at Schulich School of Medicine. Over the past 3 decades Dr Murkin's research interests have focused on cerebral physiology, neuromonitoring and CNS outcomes after cardiac surgery, as well as undertaking studies investigating techniques for decreasing blood transfusion requirements in cardiac and orthopedic surgery. Google scholar lists for him over 300 publications with more than 9400 scientific citations. Dr Murkin is a founding Executive member and past President of the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Section of the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society. In addition, he is a founding member of the Society for Intravenous Anesthesia of which he a past member of the Board of Directors. 

The Gold Medal is the highest award of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society. It is an inscribed medal given in recognition of excellence in a career in service to anesthesiology.
Dr John Scovil

Emeritus Award

Dr John Scovil

Saint John, NB

Dr Scovil joined the Department of Anesthesia at the Saint John Regional Hospital in the summer of 1982, having been appointed to the position of Lecturer with Dalhousie University in Halifax. He was later elected to the position of Chair of the New Brunswick Medical Society’s Section of Anesthesia. One of his roles was to represent the NB Division at CAS Council (prior to the Society’s reorganization). He also involved himself in the CAS’ Committee on Anesthesia and Technology the same year he began this representative position.
Dr Scovil served as CAS President from 2002 to 2004. He and his colleagues arrived at a comprehensive 
‘Constitution and Bylaws’ document that clearly outlined expectations and roles of the Executive, including the Executives’ representative roles to the CAS nationally.
Aside from Dr Scovil's visible involvement and support of the Society, he was instrumental in encouraging anesthesiologists to actively participate in the representative work of the CAS at the provincial, national and international levels. 

Given to a current member of CAS in any category who has been a member of the Society for 25 years or more and has retired from clinical practice.
Dr Dylan Bould

CAS Humanitarian Award

Dr Dylan Bould

Ottawa, ON

Dr Bould has dedicated his career to promoting excellence within Canada and abroad. As an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa, Dr Bould has been active in anesthesia resident education, curriculum design, simulation, research and leadership at the national and international level. 
Dr Bould is the global health lead for a partnership between the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland and the Department of Anesthesia, University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia. As the Chair of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society International Education Foundation (CASIEF) for the past 6 years, Dr Bould has had an extensive role in the University of Rwanda anesthesia residency program. He has been instrumental in developing collaborative partnerships with other anesthesia education programs, including in Guyana, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia.
Dr Bould has served on the Education Committee of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) for many years. Through this work, he developed two courses that are now endorsed by WFSA – the Inspire Through Clinical Teaching Course and the Inspire Through Clinical Leadership Course. He has additionally served as co-director of the acclaimed Anesthesia for Global Outreach course, now based out of Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.  

Given in recognition of excellence in global anesthesiology

Dr Fahad Alam

John Bradley Young Educator Award

Dr Fahad Alam

Toronto, ON

Dr  Alam's contributions to education go far beyond direct teaching of medical students and residents. His teaching skills have been acknowledged in the teaching awards received: Best Junior Teacher Award at Sunnybrook in his first year as faculty, and Best Junior Educator across the entire UofT Department, composed of over 300 faculty. Dr Alam has become one of the leading researchers in North America in the field of virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) to teach and evaluate the knowledge, performance and decision-making of healthcare workers. Dr Alam has taken on a national leadership role in the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society, where he is the Education and Simulation Section Chair.

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

Dr Duminda Wijeysundera

Research Recognition Award

Dr Duminda Wijeysundera

Toronto, ON

Dr Duminda Wijeysundera has established himself as a world-renowned clinician-scientist who has had an enormous impact on the field both in Canada and across the globe. Dr Wijeysundera has published over 230 peer reviewed scientific publications in the highest impact factor journals, and has given over one hundred invited lectures across Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. His program has garnered over $6 million in funding as a principal investigator including multiple studies funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). 
He has used his research expertise to help lead an initiative by Health Quality Ontario on preoperative resource utilization, as well as serving as a co-chair for the Choosing Wisely campaign on behalf of CAS. In addition, he has acted as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Perioperative Medicine Section for CAS from 2016-2020. At a local level, he is leading quality improvement initiatives in the Preoperative Clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital and he has a started a new fellowship program in Perioperative Medicine.  

Presented by the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society to honour a senior investigator who has made major contributions to anesthesia research in Canada

Dr Trina Montemurro

Clinical Practitioner Award

Dr Trina Montemurro

Vancouver, BC

Dr Montemurro has expertise in regional anesthesia, and is a highly valued member of the regional anesthesia team at St.Paul’s Hospital. Dr Montemurro has consistently participated in teaching regional anesthesia skills, including participating in regional anesthesia workshops at local conferences (e.g. the Whistler Anesthesiology Summit, and the Family Practice Anesthesia Refresher Conference). 
At a hospital level, Dr Montemurro is a well-respected physician at Providence Health Care, and serves on the Physician Advisory Group for the Strategic Pillar of Exceptional Safety and Quality, and several other committees related to surgical quality and safety. On a provincial level, Dr Montemurro is the past safety chair for the BC Anesthesiologists’ Society, and has been one of the anesthesia representatives on the Provincial Surgical Executive Committee (PSEC) for the past five years, helping to shape perioperative care in the province. On a national level, Dr Montemurro has served for several years as a member of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society Patient Safety Committee.  

Given in recognition of excellence in clinical anesthesia practice.
Dr Patrick Sullivan

Clinical Teacher Award

Dr Patrick Sullivan

Ottawa, ON

Dr Sullivan is an exceptional clinical teacher who continues to pass along knowledge to medical students, residents and his peers on a local, national and international level. Dr Sullivan has been heavily involved in teaching spanning decades, serving as both the Undergraduate Director and then at the postgraduate level as Residency Program Director at the University of Ottawa. Dr Sullivan's influential text, "The Ottawa Anesthesia Primer," published originally in 1995 and reissued in 2003, has been cited as a defining influence for many anesthesiology residents. Dr Sullivan has continues to play key roles in the anesthesia teaching curriculum, facilitating lectures, and providing students with hands­ on skills lab experience and valuable tips for learning airway techniques and bronchoscopy.

Given in recognition of excellence in the teaching of clinical anesthesia‚Äč.