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. Jonathan Gamble
Vice President  Dr. Papu Nath
Secretary  Dr. Christa Morrison
Treasurer  Dr. Koto Furue
Past Chair  Dr. Katherine Taylor
Member at Large  Dr. Duncan McLuckie
Communications Officer  Dr. Julie Yu
Scientific Committee Chair Dr. Susan Goobie

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. Heng Gan, Dr. Conor McDonnell, Dr. Ahmed Mesbah, Dr. Kimmo Murto, Dr. Ushma Shah

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


Jonathan Gamble, MD, FRCPC
President, Executive 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.

Papu Nath, MD
Vice-President, Executive Committee

I completed both my MD 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.

Christa Morrison, BSc Med, MBChB, FRCA, FRCPC, LMCC, PGDipMedEd
Secretary, Executive Committee

I am a pediatric anesthesiologist at BC Children’s Hospital and clinical instructor at the University of British Columbia. I completed my medical and anesthesia training in the United Kingdom. I completed my pediatric anesthesia, intensive care and retrieval medicine fellowship in the United Kingdom and pediatric anesthesia fellowship at Sick Kids.

My academic interests include perioperative medicine, pre-procedural anxiety reduction and medical education. I am a peer reviewer of the British Journal of Anesthesia.

I am excited to join the CPAS team and look forward to meeting the members.

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.

Katherine Taylor, B.Med., B.A., M.Med., PGDipECHO, PhD., FANZCA
Past Chair, 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 Second Vice President of the Medical Staff Association at SickKids.

I am delighted to continue to support the CPAS Board to provide the best possible perioperative care of children in my term as Past President.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/katherine-taylor-50ab2416

Duncan McLuckie

Duncan McLuckie, MBBCh, FRCPC
Member at Large, Executive Committee

Dr Duncan McLuckie (MBBCh, FRCPC) is a consultant pediatric anaesthetist in Victoria, BC. He completed his pediatric anesthesia and simulation fellowships at the University of Ottawa. His interests include simulation as a tool for faculty development, the integration of perioperative phases of care into standardized care bundles, and global health medical education.

Julie Yu, MD, FRCPC
Communications Officer, Executive Committee

Julie Yu is a pediatric anesthesiologist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. She completed medical school at the University of Toronto, her anesthesiology residency at the University of Saskatchewan, and her pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at SickKids. She is currently a Master’s of Science in Health Informatics Candidate at the University of Victoria.

Dr. Yu’s academic interests are in clinical informatics in how it is taught and applied in daily practice.

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/yu-julie

Susan Goobie, MD, FRCPC
Chair, Scientific Committee

Dr. Susan M. Goobie, MD, FRCPC is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Harvard Medical School and a Senior Associate with the Dept. of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr Goobie’s editorial positions include Executive Editor for Pediatric Anesthesia and Anesthesia & Analgesia. At Boston Children’s Hospital Dr. Goobie is chair of Perioperative research, past chair of the BCH Pharmacokinetics Laboratory and director of the PBM program. Dr Goobie holds leadership roles on research committees including the IARS, ASA and CAS. She is chair of the Canadian Pediatric Anesthesia Society Research Committee, Chair of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Patient Blood Management committee and is the Vice Chair of the ASA PBM committee.  She has published over 200 articles in the field and lectures nationally and internationally.

Heng Gan

Scientific Committee

Dr. Heng Gan a Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiologist at BC Children’s Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia Department of Anesthesia, Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

Dr. Gan completed medical school at the University of Cambridge in 2000. He undertook residency training in pediatrics in London, UK, before switching to anesthesia training in 2006. He completed a two-year fellowship in pediatric anesthesia and clinical research at the BC Children’s Hospital in 2012. He returned to the UK for a fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesia at the Royal Brompton Hospital, and in 2015 took up a staff position as a consultant pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Dr. Gan and his family moved to Vancouver in 2018.

Dr. Gan is a member of the Evidence to Innovation research theme at the BCCH Research Institute. His academic interests include perioperative quality and outcome, blood conservation, anesthesia monitoring, medical devices and global health. Dr. Gan is a peer reviewer for a number of anesthesia journals, a PALS instructor, and a volunteer physician with the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Patrol.

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.

Ahmed Mesbah, MB BCh, FCAI, FRCA
Scientific Committee

Dr Ahmed Mesbah is a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist at SickKids and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. He attained his medical degree from Suez Canal University in Egypt and completed his anesthesiology training in the United Kingdom. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, UK, and was appointed as a consultant paediatric anaesthetist at Birmingham Children’s Hospital prior to joining the staff of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He is fellowship-trained in both pediatric anesthesiology from Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, as well as pediatric cardiac anesthesiology from the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.

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”.

Ushma Shah

Scientific Committee

I am an assistant professor at Western University, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, Ontario and specialize in pediatric and regional anesthesia. My training and experience in anesthesia is across 3 continents – Asia, Europe and North America. I completed my training in India, moved to UK where I completed my FRCA, EDRA and EDIAC. I did my Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship from Sick kids.

I am the Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship director at Western University. I am one of the founding members of the CAS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee and an executive member of CAS Regional committee. My research interests are pediatrics regional anesthesia and perioperative pain. I have coauthored first book for EDRA exam- MCQ in regional anesthesia.

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. I also have a research interest on the use of opioids for pain treatment in children and using technology to improve pediatric pain education.