Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine

 Modern anesthesiology equipment, showcasing the precision and control required for safe patient sedation.
 Modern anesthesiology equipment, showcasing the precision and control required for safe patient sedation.

Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine

Our department is committed to excellence in clinical care, exemplary postgraduate education in anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine; and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge in both basic science and clinical/translational research.

Jan 2024

Annual Report

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Undergraduate Medical Education Program

In conjunction with the Undergraduate Medical Education program, the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine offers anesthesia electives for 3rd and 4th year clinical clerks (both UofA, and non-UofA Canadian trainees). This clinical elective includes instruction by anesthesiologists in the operating and recovery rooms, and guided reading of relevant literature.


Our residents are exposed to a diverse range of clinical settings as Edmonton zone hospitals are at the forefront of modern medical care. They serve as major referral centres in the areas of organ transplantation, pediatric surgery, cardiac surgery, high-risk obstetrics, trauma and neurosurgery. In addition, our dynamic faculty provide leading edge care in the areas of regional anesthesia, vascular and thoracic anesthesia and ambulatory surgery.

Family Practice Anesthesia

This one-year program trains family physicians to deliver anesthesia services outside of major urban centres. The educational objectives of the program are outlined in a national document that is in accordance with those developed by the Collaborative Committee for Anesthesia training for Family Practitioners (FP).

Fellowship Training

Through our fellowship programs our goal is to train fellows to become true experts in their field of practice. The Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine offers eight fellowship training programs that combine exceptional experience in complex and challenging clinical anesthesia and pain medicine, and research opportunities. Come learn alongside our leading academics in some of the most excellent facilities in Canada.

  • Research

    The Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine has extensive basic and clinical research programs that promote and encourage innovation and discovery. Research projects and initiatives are conducted on an ongoing basis, and play an important role in our faculty, department, practice and training.

  • Mission

    To provide the best quality patient care, education and research through teamwork, safe practices and innovation.

  • Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic

    Whether you have chronic pain, have a family member with chronic pain, or you are a physician wishing to refer a patient to us, this website contains a great deal of information that we hope you'll find useful.

Message from the Chair

The Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta is dedicated to leading the advancement of the disciplines of anesthesiology and pain management through the delivery of exemplary:

  • Clinical care
  • Teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate trainees
  • Basic science and clinical research

A community-based team of more than 200 department members - composed of anesthesiologists, scientists, educators and allied health professionals - provide services to six Edmonton hospitals, and the people of northern and western Alberta.

Our department is ranked among the leading academic departments in this field in the country. We place heavy emphasis on clinical experience, academic activities and research. We provide training to anesthesiologists of all disciplines, and base our anesthesia care and teaching on clinical and laboratory research.

Derek Dillane
Associate Professor and Chair

Headshot of Dr Derek Dillane, Associate Professor and Chair of the Anesthesiology Department

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