Faraj Abdallah


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Specific research interests:

  • Rebound pain after nerve blocks
  • Transition from acute to persistent post-surgical pain
  • Prevention of chronic pain following breast cancer surgery
  • The role of regional anesthesia in the management of pain following joint surgery
  • Ultrasound-guided truncal blocks
  • The use of local anesthetic adjuvants to prolong the duration of nerve blocks
  • The effect of regional anesthesia on the quality of recovery following surgery
  • Ultrasound scanning of the airway
  • Observational studies, randomized controlled trials, meta-analyses

Recent Publications

  1. Hussain, N, Lagnese, CM, Hayes, B, Kumar, N, Weaver, TE, Essandoh, MK et al.. Comparative analgesic efficacy and safety of intermittent local anaesthetic epidural bolus for labour: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Br J Anaesth. 2020; :. doi: 10.1016/j.bja.2020.05.060. PubMed PMID:32703549 .
  2. Yung, EM, Abdallah, FW, Todaro, C, Spence, E, Grant, A, Brull, R et al.. Optimal local anesthetic regimen for saddle block in ambulatory anorectal surgery: an evidence-based systematic review. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2020;45 (9):733-739. doi: 10.1136/rapm-2020-101603. PubMed PMID:32699103 .
  3. Abdallah, FW, Hussain, N, Weaver, T, Brull, R. Analgesic efficacy of cannabinoids for acute pain management after surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2020;45 (7):509-519. doi: 10.1136/rapm-2020-101340. PubMed PMID:32471924 .
  4. Hussain, N, Abdallah, FW. Pectoralis-II Myofascial Block and Analgesia: Reply. Anesthesiology. 2020;132 (6):1604. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000003258. PubMed PMID:32282423 .
  5. Salata, K, Abdallah, FW, Hussain, MA, de Mestral, C, Greco, E, Aljabri, B et al.. Short-term outcomes of combined neuraxial and general anaesthesia versus general anaesthesia alone for elective open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair: retrospective population-based cohort study. Br J Anaesth. 2020;124 (5):544-552. doi: 10.1016/j.bja.2020.01.018. PubMed PMID:32216957 .
  6. Hussain, N, Costache, I, Kumar, N, Essandoh, M, Weaver, T, Wong, P et al.. Is Supraclavicular Block as Good as Interscalene Block for Acute Pain Control Following Shoulder Surgery? A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Anesth. Analg. 2020;130 (5):1304-1319. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004692. PubMed PMID:32102013 .
  7. Abdallah, FW, Wijeysundera, DN, Laupacis, A, Brull, R, Mocon, A, Hussain, N et al.. Subomohyoid Anterior Suprascapular Block versus Interscalene Block for Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery: A Multicenter Randomized Trial. Anesthesiology. 2020;132 (4):839-853. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000003132. PubMed PMID:32044802 .
  8. Abdallah, FW, Gilron, I, Fillingim, RB, Tighe, P, Parvataneni, HK, Ghasemlou, N et al.. AAAPT Diagnostic Criteria for Acute Knee Arthroplasty Pain. Pain Med. 2020;21 (5):1049-1060. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnz355. PubMed PMID:32022891 .
  9. Khan, JS, Ladha, KS, Abdallah, F, Clarke, H. Treating Persistent Pain After Breast Cancer Surgery. Drugs. 2020;80 (1):23-31. doi: 10.1007/s40265-019-01227-5. PubMed PMID:31784873 .
  10. Abdallah, FW, Wijeysundera, DN. Anaesthetic interventions and long-term tumour recurrence. Lancet. 2019;394 (10211):1781-1782. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(19)32314-1. PubMed PMID:31645287 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Staff Anesthesiologist, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto