About CPAS


CPAS/SAPC is a voluntary organization for the advancing of pediatric anesthesia care in Canada and beyond. The organization is served by various committees.

CPAS Executive Committee

The CPAS Board

President  Dr. Katherine Taylor
Vice President  Dr. Jonathan Gamble
Secretary  Dr. Zoe Brown
Treasurer  Dr. Koto Furue
Past Chair  Dr. Clyde Matava
Member at Large  Dr. Jeremy Luntley
Communications Officer  Dr. Papu Nath

CPAS 2022 Local Organizing Chair  Dr. Simon Whyte

CPAS Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee of the Canadian Pediatric Anesthesia Society is charged with the responsibility for advising the CPAS Executive on the educational and scientific content for

  • the Biennial CPAS Conference
  • the Biennial Friday CPAS Meeting that precedes the Hospital for Sick Children’s Pediatric Anesthetic Conference
  • the Pediatric Anesthesia content for the annual meeting of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society.

Scientific Committee Chair Dr. Susan Goobie
Scientific Committee Dr. Conor McDonnell, Dr. Kimmo Murto, Dr. Jonathan Gamble

CPAS Education Committee

Co-Chairs Dr. Katherine Bailey, Dr. Ilavajady Srinivasan

The education committee of CPAS is dedicated to provide resources for its members, trainees and occasional pediatric anesthesiologists in the area of pediatric anesthesia. We aim to achieve this through combinations of recorded lectures, podcasts, and apps curated locally among Canadian pediatric institutes. Through international partnerships, we hope to collaborate with other pediatric anesthesia societies to share educational content widely available through e-resources.

It is also our vision to set the quality of pediatric anesthesia education imparted through fellowship programs across Canada through formalized national fellowship training standards, including defined competence-based skills as well as an evaluation process. The goal is to establish pediatric anesthesia as a subspecialty with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, as an Area of Focussed Competence (AFC).  Through countrywide collaboration, we are developing a curriculum, evaluation tools, clinical experiences, and electronic resources to prepare us to apply for AFC status.

Through this national collaboration we are committed to fostering education in pediatric anesthesia and advocacy for the needs of the learners and by extension improve the care our patients receive.

CPAS QI Committee

CPAS Telemedicine Rounds

CPAS Advisory Council

CPAS Board, Past President
Scientific Committee members
Co-chairs of Education and QI Committees
CPAS Telemedicine Rounds Chair


Save the date for the 2022 CPAS Meeting in Vancouver

About CPAS

Katherine Taylor B.Med., B.A., M.Med., PGDipECHO, PhD., FANZCA
President, Executive Committee

I am Dr. Katherine Taylor and I work as a cardiac anesthesiologist at The Hospital for Sick Children. I am an Associate Professor in Anesthesia at the University of Toronto and the current CPAS President.

I completed my medical and anesthesia training, and pediatric and adult anesthesia/ICU fellowships in Newcastle and Sydney, Australia before completing a pediatric anesthesia fellowship at SickKids in 2005. Canada was supposed to be a ‘one year adventure’ but as luck would have it, I found my professional home at SickKids and in Canada and have stayed, becoming a Canadian citizen.

My academic interests concentrate on clinical outcomes in high risk pediatric anesthesia. I have completed several research projects on measurement and optimisation of cardiac output and identifying patients at high risk for adverse events. I have recently turned my attention to regional anesthesia outcomes for cardiac surgery and research consent processes across Canada. My hope is that this work will make anesthesia safer for all. I am an Editor for The Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia and the Secretary of the Medical Staff Association at SickKids.

I am excited to introduce you to the other members of CPAS who strive to provide the best possible care of children through CPAS endeavours.

Jonathan Gamble MD, FRCPC

Vice President, Executive Committee
Scientific Committee

Jonathan Gamble MD, FRCPC (Anesthesiology/Critical Care) is a pediatric anesthesiologist at the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor with the University of Saskatchewan, Department of Anesthesiology. Jon is the Director of Research for the Provincial Department of Anesthesiology in Saskatchewan. His interests include resuscitation, virtual care, and the effects of Anesthesia on mood disorders.

Dr. Gamble is from Saskatchewan and completed his medical school and anesthesiology residency at the University of Ottawa. He then completed fellowships in Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Anesthesiology at the University of Alberta in 2009. Dr. Gamble has practiced as a faculty Pediatric Intensivist at Alberta Children’s Hospital and Pediatric Anesthesiologist in Saskatchewan since completing training.

Zoe Brown
Treasurer, Executive Committee

I came to BC Children’s Hospital as a UK trained fellow in July 2011. I remember arriving to find Vancouver on fire (Stanley Cup) and my first case being conjoined twins for dental work. Not was I was expecting.

I had been told by Dr Carolyne Montgomery, the Fellowship director at the time, that I was here to work and not ski. I quickly realised that in Vancouver, you can easily do both and so persuaded Dr Eleanor Reimer, our boss then, to give me a staff job.

Since then, my skiing is marginally better, I have stopped calling hockey ‘ice hockey’ and have been coaching my son’s ‘soccer’ team. Trousers are still trousers though.

Professionally, I have been on staff at BCCH for 9 years. I have been residency coordinator for 5 years and have an interest in education, with a postgraduate certificate to prove it. I believe that part of our duty as tertiary care anesthesiologists is to support those anesthetising children outside our institution and so organise an annual update day and refresher experiences at BCCH for FPAs. Being a guinea pig of the British switch to CBD training as a trainee has also helped me support our residents who are now going through it.

I dabble in research and have an interest in resident wellness, starting peer led support sessions at BCCH. It really is only on the side of my anesthesia machine with a huge amount of support and encouragement from the department research team.

Being CPAS secretary has enabled me as a foreign trainee to meet colleagues from other centres, and thanks to Clyde I now can use Slack, I think. We are hopefully hosting the CPAS meeting in Vancouver next September, and I look forward to meeting more colleagues then.

Koto Furue
Treasurer, Executive Committee

I completed my M.D. degree at Dalhousie Medical School in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1999. I completed the anesthesia residency program at McGill University in Montréal in 2004, followed by a pediatric anesthesia fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston in 2005. I have been a staff pediatric anesthesiologist and member of the pediatric cardiac anesthesia service at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine in Montréal since 2006, where I am also a member of the Department of Anesthesia’s quality sub-committee.

I first became involved with CPAS as a member of the Scientific Committee in 2008, followed by a stint as Member-at-Large, before becoming the Treasurer in 2011.

Clyde Matava
Past Chair, Executive Committee

Dr. Matava is a Staff Anesthesiologist at SickKids and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. He is the Associate Chief of Perioperative Services for Bioinformatics and the Director of Anesthesia Informatics, Innovation and Technology in the Department of Anesthesia at SickKids. Dr. Matava has created and designed several apps, won several teaching and innovation awards. His current work focuses on the use of 3D printing, Virtual Reality, and machine learning to improve outcomes in medical education and patient care. He is also co-director of the SickKids’ and University of Toronto’s VR lab – CHISIL that is researching the use of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality in medicine. He is also lead of CANPPOND – a national datalake for anesthesia data. His clinical interests include airway management and regional anesthesia.

He is currently the past- President of the Canadian Pediatric Anesthesia Society and has serves on the Society for Technology in Anesthesia board

Jeremy Luntley
Member at Large, Executive Committee

I am 58 years old, married with one child, and identify as he/him. I am a Staff anesthesiologist at Alberta Children’s Hospital.

I trained in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Canada, moving to Canada to take up a staff position in pediatric intensive care and pediatric anesthesiology in 2004. I concentrated in full time anesthesiology a number of years ago in order to increase my availability to pursue my interest in resident training.

Within the section of Pediatric anesthesiology I have been section head, residency training lead and led the implementation of competency based training.

When not working I can be found doing something outdoors in the mountains.

Papu Nath, MD
Communications Officer, Executive Committee

I completed both my M.D. degree (2010) and my anesthesiology residency (2015) at the Université de Montréal before completing a pediatric anesthesia fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto (2016). I have been a staff pediatric anesthesiologist at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine in Montreal since 2016. My main areas of interest are craniofacial and pediatric neuroanesthesia. I also co-chair the hospital sedation committee since 2017.

I have been involved with CPAS since 2016, initially as Member-at-Large, and then in my current role as communications officer since 2018. I have been working on the new CPAS website over the last few months and now finally seeing it come to life is as satisfying as it is nerve-racking! Hope our members like it!

CPAS 2022 Local Organizing Chair, Executive Committee

  • Trained in medicine at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, 1989-94
  • Anaesthesia training mostly in Liverpool, England, 1998-2005
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, 1999; Magill Medal winner
  • Fellow at BC Children’s Hospital 2004-05. Intended to stay for one year…
  • Staff Paediatric Anaesthesiologist, BCCH, 2006-
  • Director of BCCH Anaesthesia Quality of Care portfolio, 2008-18
  • Chair, Child Health & Safety Quality of Care Committee, 2012-16
  • Co-Chair of BCCH Anaesthesia Research Committee, 2016-
  • UBC C&W Research Ethics Board member, 2018-
  • Associate Chief of Anaesthesia, 2011-20
  • Chief of Anesthesia, 2020-
  • Canadian Pediatric Anesthesia Society
    • Scientific Committee 2011-12
    • Vice-Chair 2012-14
    • Chair 2014-16
    • Past-Chair 2016-18
    • CPAS 2020 & 2022 Local Organising Committee Meeting Chair 2018-
  • Current active reviewer for Pediatr Anesth., Can. J. Anesth
  • CAS Research Advisory Committee Reviewer 2017-20

…17 years, two kids, two cats, one dog & a mortgage later, appears to be staying.

  • Areas of Interest
    • Anaesthesia for scoliosis correction surgery
    • Perioperative management of long QT syndromes
    • Total intravenous anaesthesia
    • Difficult airway management
    • Quality improvement
    • Performance metrics for anaesthesiologists
    • 40+ peer-reviewed original articles
    • $600 000 + garnered in competitive research funding

Susan Goobie, MD, FRCPC
Chair, Scientific Committee

Susan Goobie, MD, FRCPC is an Associate Professor of Anesthesia at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Her interests include blood conservation methods, coagulation disorders, antifibrinolytics, anemia, patient-centered outcomes and pharmacokinetic research.

She is a section editor for Pediatric Anesthesia and an executive section editor of Anesthesia & Analgesia. She is chair of the Canadian Pediatric Anesthesia Society Research Committee and chair of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Patient Blood Management committee. She is director of the Boston Children’s Hospital PBM Program, and Chair of the Dept. of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine’s Committee on Clinical Scientific Research. She is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists PBM, research and pediatric anesthesia committees.

Dr. Goobie shares expertise in the field of blood management at international meetings and publishes original research, reviews, chapters and editorial views pertaining to Blood Conservation Techniques in Pediatrics. She is an internationally recognized expert, and investigator on several large multicenter trials in the area of Pediatric Patient Blood Management.

She was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. She completed Medical school and anesthesia residency in Newfoundland. She travelled to Boston to complete a clinical and research fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesia. After fellowship she was lucky to land a job at British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital from 1999 to 2003 where she was fellowship coordinator. She then moved back to the east coast to take a position at Boston Children’s Hospital. She lives here with her husband, three teenagers and a golden retriever. She loves the outdoors and is an avid cyclist and skier.

Conor Mc Donnell, MD MB BCh BAO FCARCSI
Scientific Committee
CPAS QI Committee

Conor Mc Donnell, MD MB BCh BAO FCARCSI, is a pediatric anesthesiologist at the Hospital for Sick Children (HSC), Toronto, Ontario. He is an Associate Professor with the University of Toronto, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine. His research interests include Pediatric Medication Safety with a focus on Opioid Safety & Stewardship, Quality Improvement Methodologies in Perioperative Care, Peer Support, EDI and Wellness in trainees.

He is currently Director of Patient Safety & Quality for Anesthesia, Perioperative Services Associate Chief for Safety & Quality, and one of three funded Physician Hospital Safety Leads (all within HSC). He is also founding Chair for Medication Safety and Opioid Stewardship Programs (HSC). He is currently a member of the Scientific Committee for Canadian Pediatric Anesthesia Society, founding co-chair of Patient Safety & Quality Committee for Canadian Pediatric Anesthesia Society, and incoming chair of Patient Safety & Quality Committee for Canadian Anesthesia Society. He is also an organizing committee member for Harvard’s annual International Conference on Opioids. His recent activity comprises international presentations on perioperative respiratory adverse events, ongoing funded and nationally awarded work on safely decreasing opioid prescribing at surgical discharge and increased opportunities for safe return / disposal of unused opioids.

Dr. Mc Donnell is from Ireland and came to Toronto in 2004 for a two-year fellowship in pediatric intensive care and anesthesia. He has been on staff in the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine since 2006. He is also a published poet.

Kimmo Murto MD, FRCPC
Scientific Committee

Kimmo Murto MD, FRCPC is a pediatric anesthesiologist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and an Associate Professor with the University of Ottawa, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine (DAPM). He is a CHEO Research Institute Level Two (2) Investigator for the “Improvements Now!: Acute and Critical Care Team (INACCT)” research group. His interests include the perioperative care of children undergoing adenotonsillectomy, clinical prediction/decision making tools, technology for healthcare service delivery, managing massive hemorrhage and perioperative blood transfusion and conservation.

He is the current CHEO DAPM Director of Research and Chair of the University DAPM Promotions Committee and past CHEO Deputy Chief of Staff (2016-17) and Medical Director for Hospital Strategy & Performance (2013-17). He is the founding past Chair of both the CHEO Transfusion Medicine and Infusion Therapy (2005-12) and the Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine (SASM, 2012-17) Pediatric Committees of which he remains a member. He is also a member of the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia PBM special interest group. His recent activity revolves around: international presentations concerning the care of children with obstructive sleep disordered breathing; an ORBCoN sponsored province-wide roll-out of a standardized pediatric massive hemorrhage protocol and RCTs investigating celecoxib pharmacokinetics (lead investigator) and dexmedetomidine for MRI sedation (site-lead investigator).

Dr. Murto is from Ottawa and has dual Finnish and Canadian citizenship. He completed his medical school and anesthesiology residency at the University of Ottawa. He was a fellow, then a junior staff member at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto (1994-1995) before joining the CHEO DAPM (1996-present) with stints as a cardiac anesthesiologist (1997-2014) and several department and hospital administrative roles. He is a 2017 graduate of the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management “Advanced Health Leadership Program”.

Katherine Bailey
Co-Chair, CPAS Education Committee

Dear Colleagues,

I am a pediatric anesthesiologist and the Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship Director at BC Children’s Hospital.

I completed medical school and anesthesia residency at UBC, followed by pediatric anesthesia fellowships at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Texas Children’s Hospital. Upon completion of my fellowship training, I became a full-time faculty member at BC Children’s Hospital in 2004, and the Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship Director in 2015.

The Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship at BC Children’s Hospital is a comprehensive, structured fellowship program that attracts both Canadian and international applicants. While giving fellows a broad foundation in all aspects of tertiary care pediatric anesthesia, our program strongly encourages fellows to pursue deeper expertise in areas of interest including simulation, research, global health, medical education and regional anesthesia. In July 2022, the program will be expanding to include 4 fellowship positions annually.

My areas of interest include neuroanesthesia, medical education, mentorship, and pediatric anesthesia curriculum development. I look forward to meeting and collaborating with you as Co-Chair of the CPAS Education Committee.

Katherine Bailey MD FRCPC
Pediatric Anesthesiologist, Fellowship Director, BC Children’s Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
Co-Chair, CPAS Education Committee

Ilavajady Srinivasan MBBS, MD(Anes), FRCA, FRCPC
Co-Chair, CPAS Education Committee

I am Dr. Ilavajady Srinivasan, a staff paediatric anaesthesiologist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and Assistant professor of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto since 2008.

I completed my anesthesia training from India (AIIMS, Delhi) and the UK, and I am a fellow by examination of the Royal College of Anesthetists UK(FRCA), and Canada(FRCPC). I completed my pediatric Anesthesia fellowship training at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.

I am active in anesthesia resident and fellowship education, both at The Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto, having been awarded The Hospital for Sick Children Anesthesia Resident Teaching Awards in 2014, Fellows teaching award in 2015 and inaugural CanMeds award in 2015.

Since 2013, I have been the Director of Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship Program at The Hospital for Sick Children. This program accepts 10- 13 visiting anaesthesiologists/year. It is one of the largest programs open to applicants from anywhere in the world and which can guarantee the broad experience and education required to produce a skilled Paediatric Anaesthesiologist.

My areas of interests include regional anesthesia and pediatric anesthesia curriculum development, creation of entrustable professional activities (EPA) and competency based training and accreditation of the Pediatric anesthesia sub-speciality as board certification at Royal College level.

Naiyi Sun
CPAS Telemedicine Rounds

I am a staff anesthesiologist and chronic pain physician at The Hospital for Sick Children.  Prior to SickKids, I completed my medical training, anesthesia residency and pediatric anesthesia fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine.  After training, I continued to work as a staff pediatric anesthesiologist for several years with a subspecialty focus in neuro-anesthesia at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. As an Ontario native, I decided to return to Toronto and completed a one-year fellowship in pediatric pain at SickKids. My clinical focus is now on pain management in children.

Academically, I am interested in interdisciplinary pediatric pain education. We know access to specialized pediatric pain care is very fragmented especially for those living in remote and rural communities. As the co-lead of the SickKids Paediatric Pain Project ECHO for the past two years, we are finding innovative ways to provide pain education to community healthcare providers. By leveraging digital technologies, the program is focused on training multidisciplinary community-based healthcare providers including physicians, nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists in the management of paediatric pain. We organize and facilitate online weekly ECHO education clinics which create a virtual community of providers to share best practices and enhance capacity to manage complex paediatric pain patients. Through this program we have established online education to providers in locations with limited resources within Ontario and internationally. I also have a research interest on the use of opioids for pain treatment in children and using technology to improve pediatric pain education.

In my spare time, I enjoy hiking outdoors and baking at home with my two daughters.