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Colin McCartney

Associate scientist

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Room M3 200
Toronto, ON
M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-4864
Fax: 416-480-6039

Research coordinator: Meera Sidhu


  • MBChB, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Appointments and Affiliations:

Research Focus:

  • Reduction of pain and disability following orthopaedic surgery
  • Use of ultrasound to increase efficacy and safety of regional anesthesia
  • Barriers to use of regional anesthesia in orthopaedic surgical practice

Research Summary:

Dr. McCartney's research is focused on the following areas.

Multimodal analgesia to enhance perioperative rehabilitation

He is involved in multidisciplinary and multicentre efforts to evaluate the effects of varying analgesic regimes on patient rehabilitation in the postoperative period.

Use of ultrasound in regional anesthesia

The use of ultrasound in regional anesthesia is a new and exciting method of placing local anesthetic around nerves potentially enabling greater success and decreased adverse effects. Dr. McCartney's team is leading efforts to evaluate and teach this new technology with high-quality interventional studies and teaching at local, national and international levels.

Barriers to use of regional anesthesia in orthopaedic surgery

Regional anesthesia has shown many benefits for patients having major orthopaedic surgery including reductions in mortality and major morbid outcomes. However, the use of these techniques remains surprisingly low in many centres. Dr. McCartney's team aims to determine the common barriers to the use of regional anesthesia and to examine ways to increase use of these beneficial techniques in practice.

Selected Publications:

See current publications list at PubMed.

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