M. Kwesi KwofieMD, FRCPC

Associate Professor and Director of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine


Email: kwesi.kwofie@dal.ca
Phone: 902-473-4326
Research Topics:
  • Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia
  • Acute Pain Medicine
  • Peripheral Nerve Injury
  • Education


  • Fellowship - Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain
    (St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, Columbia University, New York, NY) NYSORA
  • Residency, Anesthesia (Dalhousie University)
  • MD (University of Ottawa)
  • BSc (University of Western Ontario)


Dr. Kwofie is currently Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesia at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. He is the past chair of the Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Section of the Canadian Anesthesiologist’s Society and the current Associate Editor for Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesia for ASRA Pain Medicine News. He has published many peer-reviewed articles, given over 100 lectures and workshops all over the world on his many interests, which include ultrasound guided peripheral nerve blockade, mechanisms of peripheral nerve injury, acute pain management, Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) and regional anesthesia education.

Selected publications:

Spinal Anesthesia or General Anesthesia for Hip Surgery in Older Adults.
Neuman MD, Feng R, Carson JL, Gaskins LJ, Dillane D, Sessler DI, Sieber F, Magaziner J, Marcantonio ER, Mehta S, Menio D, Ayad S, Stone T, Papp S, Schwenk ES, Elkassabany N, Marshall M, Jaffe JD, Luke C, Sharma B, Azim S, Hymes RA, Chin KJ, Sheppard R, Perlman B, Sappenfield J, Hauck E, Hoeft MA, Giska M, Ranganath Y, Tedore T, Choi S, Li J, Kwofie MK, Nader A, Sanders RD, Allen BFS, Vlassakov K, Kates S, Fleisher LA, Dattilo J, Tierney A, Stephens-Shields AJ, Ellenberg SS; REGAIN Investigators.
N Engl J Med. 2021 Nov 25;385(22):2025-2035.

Critical structures in the needle path of the costoclavicular brachial plexus block: a cadaver study.
Bailey JG, Donald S, Kwofie MK, Sandeski R, Uppal V.
Can J Anaesth. 2021 Aug;68(8):1156-1164. 

Wrong-site nerve blocks: evidence-review and prevention strategies.
Kwofie K, Uppal V.
Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2020 Oct;33(5):698-703.

Practice advisory on the bleeding risks for peripheral nerve and interfascial plane blockade: evidence review and expert consensus.
Tsui BCH, Kirkham K, Kwofie MK, Tran Q, Wong P, Chin KJ, Sondekoppam RV.
Can J Anaesth. 2019 Nov;66(11):1356-1384.

Incidence of sub-perineural injection using a targeted intracluster supraclavicular ultrasound-guided approach in cadavers.
Retter S, Szerb J, Kwofie K, Colp P, Sandeski R, Uppal V.
Br J Anaesth. 2019 Jun;122(6):776-781.

Determination of thoracic epidural catheter placement: electrical epidural stimulation (Tsui test) is simple, effective, and under-utilized.
Kwofie MK, Launcelott G, Tsui BCH.
Can J Anaesth. 2019 Apr;66(4):360-364.

A Cadaver Study Investigating Structures Encountered by the Needle During a Retroclavicular Approach to Infraclavicular Brachial Plexus Block.
Sancheti SF, Uppal V, Sandeski R, Kwofie MK, Szerb JJ.
Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2018 Oct;43(7):752-755.

Histological confirmation of needle tip position during ultrasound-guided interscalene block: a randomized comparison between the intraplexus and the periplexus approach.
Szerb JJ, Greenberg JL, Kwofie MK, Baldridge WH, Sandeski RE, Zhou J, Wong K.
Can J Anaesth. 2015 Dec;62(12):1295-302.

Continuous interscalene block in patients having outpatient rotator cuff repair surgery: a prospective randomized trial.
Salviz EA, Xu D, Frulla A, Kwofie K, Shastri U, Chen J, Shariat AN, Littwin S, Lin E, Choi J, Hobeika P, Hadzic A.
Anesth Analg. 2013 Dec;117(6):1485-92.

Standard approaches for upper extremity nerve blocks with an emphasis on outpatient surgery.
Kwofie K, Shastri U, Vandepitte C.
Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2013 Aug;26(4):501-8.

The effects of ultrasound-guided adductor canal block versus femoral nerve block on quadriceps strength and fall risk: a blinded, randomized trial of volunteers.
Kwofie MK, Shastri UD, Gadsden JC, Sinha SK, Abrams JH, Xu D, Salviz EA.
Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2013 Jul-Aug;38(4):321-5.