CAS Neuroanesthesia National Virtual Round  

Wednesday, April 17, 2024


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 second  National Virtual Round of the year on April 17, 2024, at 8:00 p.m. 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: Postoperative Delirium: Where Are We At?
Speaker: Dr Peter Hedlin (bio)

Learning objectives: 

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

  1. Describe the prevalence, nomenclature and clinical impact of postoperative neurocognitive disorders. 

  1. Evaluate the current perioperative recommendations. 

  2. Discuss the current theories of POD pathophysiology 

Title: Neuromonitoring in Spine Surgery 
Speaker: Dr Sudhakar Subramaniam (bio)  

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

  1. Describe the fundamentals of spinal neuromonitoring and its associated pathologies 

  1. Combine clinical, anatomical and neurophysiological data to derive a treatment plan for specific case-based scenarios in spinal neuro anesthesia 

  1. Make evidence-based recommendations for the management of pathophysiological neuromonitoring changes and outcome predictions. 

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 Peter Hedlin
University of Saskatchewan

Dr Hedlin is a clinician scientist who joined the Anesthesia Department at the University of Saskatchewan in 2018 following the completion of his residency training.  Prior to medicine he completed a PhD at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization where he was part of a team investigating vaccine design in relation to prion diseases.  This sparked an interest in cognitive dysfunction that has stuck with him since.  Currently, he has a mixed practice of clinical anesthesiology, simulation related medical education, and research with a special focus on postoperative cognitive dysfunction.    

Speaker: Dr Sudhakar Subramaniam
Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Dr Sudhakar completed his residency in India followed by Neuro-anesthesia and Perioperative anesthesia fellowship from Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto. He currently works as a staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Thunder Bay, Ontario and is an Assistant Professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.