CAS Neuroanesthesia National Virtual Round  

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

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The Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society Neuroanesthesia Section National Virtual Round is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 

The CAS Neuroanesthesia Section will host its first National Virtual Round of the year on February 7, 2024, at 8 PM ET. The Section hosts regular rounds on a variety of topics in neuroanesthesia, allowing the sharing of experiences across the country while building a more collegial neuroanesthesia community in Canada.  

This Round is a key part of CAS' mandate to provide education to members to help them reach their professional goals. The event is complimentary for CAS members, but registration is required. 

This Round is moderated by CAS Neuroanesthesia Section Chair Dr Tumul Chowdhury. (bio)  

Title: Role of Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Neuroanesthesia and Neurocritical care
Speaker: Dr Anuja Rathore (bio)

Learning objectives: 

After participating in this round, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the different techniques and the potential clinical applications of brain ultrasonography. 

  1. Discuss the use of POCUS as a tool in assessment of cerebral hemodynamics.  

  1. Evaluate its utility from the neurocritical care standpoint.  

Title: Neuroanesthesiology Training, a Global Perspective 
Speaker: Dr Wesley Rajaleelan (bio)  

After participating in this round, participants will be able to: 

  1. Review subspeciality training in Neuroanesthesiology in high-income countries (HICs) and lower middle-income countries (LMICs) 

  1. Evaluate factors that promote quality and standards in performance in Neuroanesthesiology  

  1. Analyse barriers in training in HIC’s and LMIC 

  1. Review standards in curriculum development and evaluation of core competencies in training  

Moderator: Dr Tumul Chowdhury 
Toronto, ON

Dr Chowdhury is an Associate Professor in Anesthesiology at Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto. He is the program director of neuroanesthesia fellowship at Toronto Western Hospital. Nationally, he is the Chair of the Neuroanesthesia Section of the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society. He is an active researcher, clinician, educator and mentor. Internationally, he is an active member of various committees SNACC, ICPNT, WFSA (constitution committee) and Brain-Heart Interactions Society (Secretary). 
Dr Chowdhury is the editor-in-chief of the SNACC newsletter. He is the board member of SNACC and holds director of membership committee and global outreach committee. He is also executive board member of ICPNT and serves as the new chair of Fellowship Accreditation Committee. He has published more than 100 articles and received several research grants. He is an active reviewer for more than 20 journals. He has edited two books and authored more than ten book chapters. His main research areas are brain-heart interactions, trigeminocardiac reflex, stroke and anesthesia & brain cancer survival.

Speaker: Dr Anuja Rathore
Toronto Western Hospital

Dr Rathore is currently a second year fellow in Point of Care Ultrasound at Toronto Western Hospital, having completed a previous neuroanesthesia fellowship at the same hospital.  

Her MD Anesthesia training is from India and her overall experience in Anesthetic practice spans across Canada, Singapore, and India. Dr Rathore’s focus has primarily centered around obstetric, neuro and cardiothoracic in addition to her newly acquired passion in perioperative point-of-care ultrasound. She has also been conferred membership by the Royal College of Ireland.  

Speaker: Dr Wesley Rajaleelan 
University of Ottawa, The Ottawa Hospital 

Dr Wesley Rajaleelan is currently a staff anesthesiologist at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) with a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine. He sits on the ACUDA board as the global & rural health representative from the University of Ottawa and is a member-at-large of the GSOGAC (The global surgery, OBGYN, Anesthesiology committee of The Ottawa Hospital).

He also serves as the interim Director and fellowship lead for Global Health at the uOttawa – DAPM. On the national front, he serves as a member at large of the Annual Meeting Scientific Program Committee, the Abstracts Subcommittee, and the Archives & Artifacts Committee of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society. He was recently inducted into the Scientific Affairs Committee of the World Federation Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA) and also serves as the subsection editor for the WFSA.