Narendra VakhariaFRCPC

Associate Professor; Chief of Women's and Obstetric Anesthesia

Phone: 902.470.6627
Research Topics:
  • Airway management
  • Intubation
  • Simulation
  • Curriculum Development
  • Postgraduate Medical Education


  • Fellowship, obstetric anesthesia (University of Ottawa)
  • Fellowship, obstetric anesthesia (Dalhousie University)
  • MD (Dalhousie University)
  • Honours year, research (Dalhousie University)
  • BSc, biology (Dalhousie University)

Research and education interests:

Dr. Vakharia is an accomplished clinician and educator with research interests in airway management, device development, simulation and postgraduate medical education.

Selected publications, books and chapters:

  • Kok T, George RB, McKeen D, Vakharia N, Pink A (2012). Effectiveness and safety of the Levitan FPS Scope for intubation under general anesthesia with a simulated difficult airway. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, 59(8), 743-750. PubMed ID: 22585469
  • Hung O, Rastogi NK, Vakharia N (1997). Perioperative anterior dislocation of the temporomandibular joint. Anesthesia & Analgesia, 84, 924-6. [Case Report]
  • Mahony DE, Clow J, Atkinson L, Vakharia N, Schlech WF (1991). Development and application of a multiple typing system for Clostridium difficile. App Enviro Microbio, 57(7), 1873-79
  • Vakharia N, George RB (2011). Appendicitis in Pregnancy [Book Chapter]. In: Hung O, Murphy M (Eds), Management of the Difficult and Failed Airway, Second Edition (pp. 500-504). McGraw-Hill: New York
  • Vakharia N (2008). Airway Management of the Obstetrical Patient with an Anticipated Difficult Airway [Book Chapter]. In: Vakharia N (Ed), Management of the Difficult and Failed Airway. McGraw-Hill: New York


An anesthesiologist specializing in women’s and obstetric anesthesia, Dr. Vakharia is a very active educator and the medical director of education in Anesthesia, Pain Management & Perioperative Medicine. He is also director of the Atlantic Health Training and Simulation Centre at the QEII Health Sciences Centre and a faculty member of the Difficult Airway Course.

Selected awards & honours:

  • Award of Excellence, Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management & Perioperative Medicine, Dalhousie University (2015)

Service & activity:

  • Member, Dalhousie School of Health Sciences Advisory Council (2013 – present)
  • Member, Executive Advisory Team, Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management & Perioperative Medicine (2013 – present)
  • Member, Canadian National Anesthesia Simulation Committee, Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada (2013 – present)
  • Nucleus Member, Specialty Committee in Anesthesiology, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (2010 – present)
  • Member, Continuing Professional Development Committee, Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management & Perioperative Medicine (2013 – present)
  • Member, Fellowship Advisory Committee, Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management & Perioperative Medicine (2013 – present)

Teaching (current):

  • Simulation Leader Instructor Course
  • Anesthesia Residency Simulation Sessions – Dalhousie University
  • OSCE Exam – Dalhousie University
  • Canadian National Anesthesiology Simulation Curriculum
  • PGY-5 Practice Oral Exam, obstetric anesthesia – Dalhousie University