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, Abdallah, FW. In Reply. Anesthesiology. 2018;129 (2):380-381. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000002278. PubMed PMID:30020184 .
  2. Abdallah, FW, Cil, T, MacLean, D, Madjdpour, C, Escallon, J, Semple, J et al.. Too Deep or Not Too Deep?: A Propensity-Matched Comparison of the Analgesic Effects of a Superficial Versus Deep Serratus Fascial Plane Block for Ambulatory Breast Cancer Surgery. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2018;43 (5):480-487. doi: 10.1097/AAP.0000000000000768. PubMed PMID:29932431 .
  3. Sankar, A, Behboudi, M, Abdallah, FW, Macfarlane, A, Brull, R. Transient Neurologic Symptoms following Spinal Anesthesia with Isobaric Mepivacaine: A Decade of Experience at Toronto Western Hospital. Anesthesiol Res Pract. 2018;2018 :1901426. doi: 10.1155/2018/1901426. PubMed PMID:29849608 PubMed Central PMC5937612.
  4. Hussain, N, Shastri, U, McCartney, CJL, Gilron, I, Fillingim, RB, Clarke, H et al.. Should thoracic paravertebral blocks be used to prevent chronic postsurgical pain after breast cancer surgery? A systematic analysis of evidence in light of IMMPACT recommendations. Pain. 2018; :. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001292. PubMed PMID:29794879 .
  5. Vorobeichik, L, Brull, R, Joshi, GP, Abdallah, FW. Evidence Basis for Regional Anesthesia in Ambulatory Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Part I-Femoral Nerve Block. Anesth. Analg. 2018; :. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000002854. PubMed PMID:29596099 .
  6. Zhou, C, Choi, S, Brull, R, Abdallah, FW. Anterior Suprascapular Nerve Block Versus Interscalene Brachial Plexus Block for Shoulder Surgery in the Outpatient Setting. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2018;43 (1):99-100. doi: 10.1097/AAP.0000000000000668. PubMed PMID:29261598 .
  7. Yung, EM, Brull, R, Albrecht, E, Joshi, GP, Abdallah, FW. Evidence Basis for Regional Anesthesia in Ambulatory Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Part III: Local Instillation Analgesia-A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Anesth. Analg. 2017; :. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000002599. PubMed PMID:29200071 .
  8. Ma, J, Martin, R, Chan, B, Gofeld, M, Geary, MP, Laffey, JG et al.. Using Activity Trackers to Quantify Postpartum Ambulation: A Prospective Observational Study of Ambulation after Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia Interventions. Anesthesiology. 2018;128 (3):598-608. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000001979. PubMed PMID:29135475 .
  9. Sehmbi, H, Brull, R, Shah, UJ, El-Boghdadly, K, Nguyen, D, Joshi, GP et al.. Evidence Basis for Regional Anesthesia in Ambulatory Arthroscopic Knee Surgery and Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Part II: Adductor Canal Nerve Block-A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Anesth. Analg. 2017; :. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000002570. PubMed PMID:29064877 .
  10. Hussain, N, Goldar, G, Ragina, N, Banfield, L, Laffey, JG, Abdallah, FW et al.. Suprascapular and Interscalene Nerve Block for Shoulder Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Anesthesiology. 2017;127 (6):998-1013. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000001894. PubMed PMID:28968280 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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