Academic Faculty

Derek Dillane, MB FCARCSI MedSci

Associate Professor (UAH)

Medicine & Dentistry

Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Dr Dillane is a graduate of University College Dublin, Ireland, from where he obtained his medical degree in 1996. Prior to embarking on a career in anesthesiology he completed a Masters degree in pharmacology. He obtained his Fellowship in Anesthesia from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

He joined the University of Alberta in 2006 where he completed a Clinical and Research Fellowship in regional anesthesia. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta and director of the fellowship program in regional anesthesia and pain medicine. His clinical research interests involve the use of ultrasound in regional anesthesia with a particular focus on education and training techniques. He has taught and led ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia in numerous workshops in the United States and Canada for both the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and the Canadian Anesthesiologist’s Society.


  1. Dillane D, Tsui BC. From basic concepts to emerging technologies in regional anesthesia. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2010 Oct; 23(5): 643-9

  2. Dillane D, Finucane B. Bupivacaine cardiotoxicity – hypercarbia is bad but hypocapnia may be worse. Can J Anesth. 2008 Dec; 55:807-812

  3. Tsui B, Dillane D, Continuing medical education: Ultrasound guidance for regional blockade - basic concepts. Can J Anesth. 2008 Dec;55:869-74

  4. Tsui BC, Dillane D, Pillay J, Ramji AK, Walji AH. Cadaveric ultrasound imaging for training in ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks: lower extremity. Can J Anaesth. 2007 Jun;54(6):475-80 

Book Chapters

  1. Tsui BC, Dillane D, Finucane B. Regional Anesthesia for Head and Neck Surgery. In Cousins and Bridenbaugh’s Neural Blockade. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 4th edition

  2. Tsui BC, Dillane D, Practical and Clinical Aspects of Ultrasound and Electrical Stimulation-Guided Peripheral Nerve Blocks. In Atlas of Ultrasound and Peripheral Nerve Stimulator Guided Regional Anesthesia. Springer: 1st edition