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. 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. 2017; :. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000001979. PubMed PMID:29135475 .
  2. 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 .
  3. 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 .
  4. MacLean, D, Abdallah, FW. Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia, 2nd ed. Anesth. Analg. 2017; :. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000002347. PubMed PMID:28806212 .
  5. El-Boghdadly, K, Brull, R, Sehmbi, H, Abdallah, FW. Perineural Dexmedetomidine Is More Effective Than Clonidine When Added to Local Anesthetic for Supraclavicular Brachial Plexus Block: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Anesth. Analg. 2017;124 (6):2008-2020. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000002014. PubMed PMID:28525514 .
  6. Abdallah, FW, MacLean, D, Madjdpour, C, Cil, T, Bhatia, A, Brull, R et al.. Pectoralis and Serratus Fascial Plane Blocks Each Provide Early Analgesic Benefits Following Ambulatory Breast Cancer Surgery: A Retrospective Propensity-Matched Cohort Study. Anesth. Analg. 2017;125 (1):294-302. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000001975. PubMed PMID:28328756 .
  7. Abdallah, FW, Yu, E, Cholvisudhi, P, Niazi, AU, Chin, KJ, Abbas, S et al.. Is Ultrasound a Valid and Reliable Imaging Modality for Airway Evaluation?: An Observational Computed Tomographic Validation Study Using Submandibular Scanning of the Mouth and Oropharynx. J Ultrasound Med. 2017;36 (1):49-59. doi: 10.7863/ultra.16.01083. PubMed PMID:27914206 .
  8. Abdallah, FW, Brull, R. In Response. Anesth. Analg. 2016;123 (6):1641-1642. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000001650. PubMed PMID:27861452 .
  9. Abdallah, FW, Brull, R. In Reply. Anesthesiology. 2016;125 (5):1073-1074. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000001306. PubMed PMID:27755038 .
  10. Abdallah, FW, Whelan, DB, Chan, VW, Prasad, GA, Endersby, RV, Theodoropolous, J et al.. Adductor Canal Block Provides Noninferior Analgesia and Superior Quadriceps Strength Compared with Femoral Nerve Block in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Anesthesiology. 2016;124 (5):1053-64. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000001045. PubMed PMID:26938989 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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