Neuro Anesthesia

Drs. Robert McTaggart Cowan, Bing Wang, Richard Falkenstein, Melinda Davis and Shean Stacey comprise a small group of the Anaesthesiologists at Foothills Hospital who have a special interest in, and have pursued extra experience with, Neuroanesthesia. The only type of Neurosurgical cases that we staff exclusively are those that occur in the Magnetic Resonance Theatre. Otherwise, we attempt to act as a resource to the group as a whole, advising or assisting with complex cases when asked; coordinating Resident teaching around Neuroanesthesia; and disseminating information we think will be useful in helping department members maintain their Neuroanesthesia skills. We also try to provide leadership for any Anesthesia presence during collaborative discussions with our Neurosurgery and Neuro OR Nursing colleagues. In return, the Foothills Hospital group of Anaesthesiologists affords us extra access to Neurosurgery assignments.

Recently, we have begun a new collaboration with Neurosurgeon Dr. Zelma Kiss, outside the OR. Zelma is pioneering the local use of High Frequency Ultrasound to create thalamic lesions (without surgery) that can reduce intractable, severe tremor. The procedure is done in a modified 3 Tesla MRI suite, with MRI guidance.