ASPOM - Anesthesia, Sleep, Perioperative Medicine

The Value, Importance, and Oversight of Clinical Research


Frances Chung MBBS, FRCPC
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Toronto
Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network
McL 2-405, 399 Bathurst Street, Toronto, On, Canada M5T 2S8
Phone 416 603 5800 ext 5433
Fax 416 603 6494
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Biography [Link to top]

I graduated from the Medical School of the University of Hong Kong and did my anesthesia residency and fellowship in anesthesia at the University of Toronto. I am a Professor of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Toronto, University Health Network. I served on multiple national and international committees at the Canadian Anesthesiologist's Society, Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia, Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine and American Society of Anesthesiologists. I am a Past President for the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia. I am the Co-Founder and Past President of the Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine. The multi-disciplinary research team that I lead at Toronto Western Hospital is recognized nationally and internationally for contributing to several key areas of research in obstructive sleep apnea and the upper airway.

At present, I served on three editorial boards: two anesthesia journals, Anesthesia Analgesia and Current Opinion Anesthesiology and a sleep journal: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

My research interests are in several areas: sleep apnea, patient safety, pain, monitoring, perioperative medicine, and ambulatory anesthesia. My works led to development of the Postanesthesia Discharge Score for the safe discharge of patients from ambulatory surgical unit to home. This score has been adopted worldwide. The discharge score has also been incorporated into the national electronic records system of the UK National Health Services (NHS) in England. Recently, I developed the STOP-Bang tool ( STOP-Bang is a screening tool for patients with undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea that has been adopted worldwide by preoperative clinics and sleep clinics. (System and Method for Sleep Apnea Assessment, Patent, STOP-Bang Questionnaire, Provisional Patent Application No. 61/974,319, Applied, United States)

In the Web of Science, I have over 270 peer-reviewed publications and have been cited 11,264 times with an h-index of 57 I have been a part of over 80 successful grants, accumulating over $11 million in peer-reviewed research funding in-cash or in-kind from government agencies and academia such as Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Innovation Fund, Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, American Society of Anesthesiologists' President's Research Award, The Physicians' Services Incorporated Foundation, ResMed Foundation, Respironic Foundation, Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society and Society For Ambulatory Anesthesia and Industrial funding.

I have presented and lectured at many national and international meetings, including over 440 invited lectures. My research work has been recognized through multiple awards including the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada's McLaughlin-Gallie Visiting Professorship; the Research Recognition Award from the Canadian Anesthesiologist's Society; Research Award from the Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto; Fellow Teaching Award, University Health Network and the Distinguished Services Award from the Society For Ambulatory Anesthesia. My fellows and I have also earned multiple Excellence & Innovation Research Awards and Travel Awards from the Canadian Society of Anesthesiologists, the International Anesthesia Research Society, the Society For Ambulatory Anesthesia and the Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine. Given my expertise, I have been instrumental in developing twelve guidelines in obstructive sleep apnea, morbid obesity, postoperative nausea and vomiting, post-anesthesia care and ambulatory anesthesia for the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia and Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine. Our 2012 publication on STOP-Bang score was chosen as one of the top 25 key papers of major importance and contribution to the field of anesthesia in the history of British Journal of Anesthesia, the oldest and the highest impact journal in anesthesia.

Over the past years, I have trained and/or supervised a steady stream of highly qualified personnel. A lot of these individuals are in the academic, public, or healthcare sectors contributing their knowledge and skills. More specifically, five of my past students/fellows are full professor at Western University in London, University of Toronto, and Rush Medical College in Chicago. In addition, among my supervised trainees are: five associate professors, 15 assistant professors/lecturers, and 5 anesthesia consultants, and one deputy regional advisor for the NHS Education in Scotland.

Awards and Honours [Link to top]

2017 On 2017 World Anesthesia Day, British Journal of Anaesthesia highlighted the top 25 key papers in the journal over the years of major importance to the field of anesthesia. They were selected based on their novelty, significance, impact and contribution to the practice of anesthesia, critical care and pain medicine. The work of our team "High STOP-Bang score indicates a high probability of obstructive sleep apnea" was chosen as one of the top 25 articles
2016 Angela Enright Keynote Lecture, Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society Annual Meeting
2014 Keynote Speaker, Congress of Shanghai Association of Anesthesiologists
2014 Research Highlights: Sleep and Anesthesia, Shield's Day, University of Toronto
2013-2015 President, Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine
2013 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada's McLaughlin-Gallie Visiting Professorship for 2013. McLaughlin-Gallie Visiting Professors are selected from any country in the world and may represent any branch of medicine. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Awards committee in conjunction with the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society selected me in recognition of my outstanding contributions related to two areas of research: ambulatory anesthesia and sleep apnea.
2013 Keynote Speaker, United Christian Hospital, Hong Kong
2013 Keynote Speaker and Judge of Residents' Research Competition, University of Saskatchewan, Regina, Saskatoon
2012 Chinese American Society of Anesthesiologists, Honorary Member
2010 Co-Founder of Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine
2011 Excellence and Innovation Research Award, Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia
2010 Fellowship Teaching Award, Department of Anesthesia, MSH-University Health Network
2010 Keynote Speaker, Malaysian Day Surgery Congress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2009 Distinguished Services Award, Society For Ambulatory Anesthesia
2010 Keynote Speaker and Judge of Resident Research Competition, Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec
2008 Anesthesia Faculty Research Award, Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto
2007 Research Recognition Award, Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society
2004 Keynote Speaker and Judge of Resident Research Competition, St John's Regional Health Centre, St. John's, Newfoundland
2003 President of Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia
2002 Keynote Speaker and Judge of Resident Research Competition, Ottawa Hospitals, Ottawa, Ontario
2002 Keynote Speaker, Annual McGill Anesthesia Update, Montreal, Quebec.