Vishal UppalMBBS, FRCA

Associate Professor


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Research Topics:
  • Regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine
  • Postdural Puncture Headache
  • Brachial plexus blocks
  • Spinal Anesthesia
  • 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, Barry G, Ke JXC, Kwofie MK, Trenholm A, Khan M, Shephard A, Retter S, Shanthanna H. Reducing rebound pain severity after arthroscopic shoulder surgery under general anesthesia and interscalene block: a two-centre randomized controlled trial of pre-emptive opioid treatment compared with placebo. Can J Anaesth.  DOI: 10.1007/s12630-023-02594-0
  • Uppal V, Russell R, Sondekoppam RV, Ansari J, Baber Z, Chen Y, DelPizzo K, Dirzu DS, Kalagara H, Kissoon NR, Kranz PG, Leffert L, Lim G, Lobo C, Lucas DN, Moka E, Rodriguez SE, Sehmbi H, Vallejo MC, Volk T, Narouze S. Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on postdural puncture headache: a consensus report from a multisociety international working group. Regional anesthesia and pain medicine. DOI: 10.1136/rapm-2023-104817
  • 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

Selected Teaching Presentations

  • Catheters are useless: How to Perform Single Shot Blocks and Avoid Rebound Pain (2023) - World Congress of Regional Anaesthesia & Pain Medicine and the 40th ESRA Annual Congress - Paris, France
  • PDPH - What do the newest Guidelines Highlight? (2023) - World Congress of Regional Anaesthesia & Pain Medicine and the 40th ESRA Annual Congress - Paris, France
  • ASRA Pain Medicine Multi-Society Recommendations for Post-Dural Puncture Headache (2023) - American Society of Regional Anesthesia Pain Medicine Spring Meeting 2023 - Hollywood, Florida, USA
  • What Editors want: Tips on getting your paper published (2023) - Comprehensive Symposium on Ultrasound for the Anaesthesiologist 2023 - Delhi
  • Analgesia for Laparotomies: Don't need no classics anymore (2022) - Asian & Oceanic Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine (AOSRA-PM) and Academy of Regional Anaesthesia (AORA) of India 2022 - Mumbai, India