Vishal UppalMBBS, FRCA

Associate Professor


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Research Topics:
  • Regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine
  • Paravertebral blocks
  • Brachial plexus blocks
  • Rebound Pain
  • Obstetric anesthesia
  • Patient care outcomes

Administrative Roles

  • Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Anesthesia
  • Chair, Regional Anesthesia Section, Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society
  • Associate Editor, Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
  • Associate Medical Director of Research, NSH Central Zone
  • Director, Regional Anesthesia Fellowship Program


  • MSc (Clinical Trials) (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
  • Fellowship, regional anesthesia (University of Western Ontario)
  • FRCA (Anesthesia) (Royal College of Anaesthetists, London, UK)
  • Fellowship, obstetric anesthesia (NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde)
  • Resident, anesthesia (NHS Scotland)
  • MBBS (Karnatak University)

Research Interests

Dr. Uppal’s primary research interests are in improving the safety and efficacy of regional anesthesia techniques in high-risk patient population.

Selected Publications

  • Uppal V, Shanthanna H, Kalagara H, Sondekoppam RV, Hakim SM, Rosenblatt MA, Pawa A, Macfarlane AJR, Moka E, Narouze S (2021). The practice of regional anesthesia during the COVID-19 pandemic: an international survey of members of three regional anesthesia societies. Can J Anaesth.
  • Uppal V, Sondekoppam RV, Landau R, El-Boghdadly K, Narouze S, Kalagara HKP (2020). Neuraxial anaesthesia and peripheral nerve blocks during the COVID-19 pandemic: a literature review and practice recommendations. Anaesthesia.
  • Uppal V, Retter S, Kehoe E, McKeen DM (2020). Quadratus Lumborum Block for Postoperative Analgesia: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia. DOI: 10.1007/s12630-020-01793-3
  • Uppal V, Retter S, Hanley M, Sancheti S, Matheson K, McKeen DM (2019). Efficacy of Intrathecal Fentanyl for Cesarean Delivery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials With Trial Sequential Analysis. Anesthesia and analgesia. DOI: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000003975
  • Uppal V, McKeen DM (2017). Strategies for prevention of spinal-associated hypotension during Cesarean delivery: Are we paying attention? Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia. DOI: 10.1007/s12630-017-0930-0

Selected Teaching Presentations

  • Ways to tackle rebound pain after a perfect PNB subsides - The Academy of Regional Anesthesia of India annual virtual meeting 2021
  • Regional Anesthesia During COVID-19 Pandemic: A Low Hanging Fruit (2020) - The American Society of Anesthesiologists' (ASA) Annual Meeting 2020
  • Current Evidence on Status of Regional Anesthesia in Patients with COVID-19 Infection - The Academy of Regional Anesthesia of India annual virtual meeting 2020
  • Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia and PoCUS - Cadaver Regional Anesthesia & PoCUS Workshop 2019 - Cleveland, OH [Conference Workshop]
  • Ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve, fascial plane, and neuraxial blocks - ASRA-ASA Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia Education Portfolio Cadaver Course 2019- Chicago [Conference Workshop]