The Department of Anesthesia at Markham Stouffville Hospital welcomes you. We have an excellent staff of 12 anesthesiologists and are dedicated to providing quality, patient centered care. We provide clinical services to 8 operating rooms with 10,000 procedures per year including ambulatory and a wide range of subspecialty surgery. We support an obstetric service with 3000 deliveries per year as well as Canada's first "Alongside Midwifery Unit". Department members also provide anesthetic care for procedures outside the operating room including endoscopy, and MRI scans.
Department members are dedicated to life long learning, and are enthusiastic educators and mentors to medial students, residents and allied health professionals. Many members hold appointments with the University of Toronto.
Areas of focus for the department have included day surgery total joint replacement procedures, regional anesthetic, and an opioid reduction strategy across the organization. Department members complete a comprehensive assessment of our patients in the surgical assessment clinic and develop an optimal patient care plan which may include regional anesthetic techniques, continuous nerve blocks and the promotion of non opioid alternatives for pain control.
We have an active acute pain service (APS) which includes an advanced practice nurse and department members. We provide safe and effective pain control utilizing various methods of pain management focusing on optimal pain control supporting the opioid reduction strategy. This strategy promotes the consistent use of non opioid medications for pain control to reduce the need for opioid medication. The acute pain service is involved with your care prior to, during and after surgery.
The department also supports partnerships including the provision of anesthetic care for pediatric endoscopy in collaboration with the Hospital for Sick Children.
The Department of Anesthesia at Markham Stouffville Hospital promotes equality and inclusion within our group and strives to reflect the rich diversity of the population that we serve.
If you are coming for surgery, please also see the Your surgical care journey and Day of surgery pages, where you will find out important information such as how to prepare for surgery and what to do/where to go when you arrive at the hospital.
Anaesthesiologists focus on the management of pain and provide this care for patients undergoing all types of surgeries. Anaesthesiologists provide consultative services for patients with specific healthcare needs pre- and postoperatively, including the diagnosis and treatment of both chronic and acute pain relief. As well, anaesthesiologists provide epidural analgesia for women during childbirth, assist with resuscitation in the Emergency Department and diagnostic imaging, treat critically ill patients in the Intensive Care Unit, and have a leadership role in the Acute Pain Service. Read more about the types of anaesthesia used in healthcare.
The Anaesthesiology Department reflects the requirements set by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Canadian Anaesthesiologists Society and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
The Canadian Anesthesiologist’s Society has created a helpful frequently asked questions about anaesthesia, which you may wish to read.