Frances Chung

Professor of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management

International Invited Speaker

Dr. Frances Chung is a Professor of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at University Health Network, University of Toronto. She is the ResMed Research Chair of Anesthesia, and Sleep Medicine. She is a co-founder and past president of the Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine. In total, she has 257 publications with a H index of 59. Her research work has been recognized through multiple awards such as the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s McLaughlin-Gallie Visiting Professorship, and the Research Recognition Award from the Canadian Anesthesiologist’s Society; To celebrate 2017 World Anesthesia Day, her work "High STOP-Bang score indicates a high probability of sleep apnea" ( was chosen to be the Top 25 Most Important Articles in the history of Anesthesia by British Journal of Anaesthesia.


Proposed lecture titles

Pre-Operative Screening for Sleep Apnea and CPAP Treatment: Is this evidence-based? (45 min)
- Identify the prevalence of adverse events related to sleep disordered breathing in the surgical patient 
- Apply best practices on recognizing which surgical patients are most likely to present with sleep disordered breathing in the hospital setting
- Evaluate the postoperative changes in sleep disorders and sleep architecture in the surgical patients
- Appraise the evidence of support for PAP therayp in the surgical patients with sleep disordered breathing

Chronic Pain, Opioids and Sleep Disordered Breathing:  What Knowledge We Should Have? (30 min)
- Identify the prevalence of sleep disordered breathing in chronic pain patients taking opioids
- What can we do to identify the chronic pain patients who have sleep disordered breathing

Morbid Obesity and Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome: A Clinical Challenge for Surgery and Anesthesia (20-25  min)

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