Vishal UppalMBBS, FRCA

Associate Professor

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

Administrative Roles

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

  • Retter S, Szerb J, Kwofie K, Colp P, Sandeski R, Uppal V (2019). Incidence of sub-perineural injection using a targeted intracluster supraclavicular ultrasound-guided approach in cadavers. British journal of anaesthesia. PubMed ID: 30916000.
  • Uppal V, Sancheti SF, Kwofie MK, Szerb JJ (2019). Novel approaches to the brachial plexus in the infraclavicular space: filling up the tool box. Regional anesthesia and pain medicine. PubMed ID: 30635520.
  • Uppal V, Retter S, Casey 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. PubMed ID: 30633056.
  • Uppal V, Kalagara HKP, Sondekoppam RV (2018). Tips and tricks to improve the safety of the retroclavicular brachial plexus block. The American journal of emergency medicine, 36(6), 1107-1108. PubMed ID: 28978400.
  • Uppal V, McKeen DM (2017). Strategies for prevention of spinal-associated hypotension during Cesarean delivery: Are we paying attention? Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia. PubMed ID: 28702819.

Selected Teaching Presentations

  • Interfascial Blocks: Anterior thoracic and abdominal wall blocks (2018) - Cadaver Regional Anesthesia ultrasound and PoCUS Workshop - Cleveland Clinic
  • Upper limb, lower limb and truncal blocks (2018) - ASRA-ASA Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia Education Portfolio Cadaver Course - Chicago
  • Pediatric truncal blocks (2018) - Canadian Pediatric Anesthesia Society Meeting - Halifax
  • Advanced Truncal and Neuraxial Blocks (2018) - 2018 CAS Annual Meeting - Montreal