Dr. David Wong is a Professor of Anesthesiology at the University to Toronto. He obtained his MD at University of Toronto in 1981, completed fellowships at University of Toronto and George Washington University, and joined as anesthesia staff at Toronto Western Hospital in 1990. His areas of clinical and research interest include difficult airway management, high flow nasal oxygenation, ultrasound of airway, morbid obesity and surgical airway.  Currently, he is the Director of preadmission program, Toronto Western Hospital; Chair of Ambulatory section, Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society, and Co-Director of the Toronto Anesthesia Symposium. Dr. Wong has published extensively- 138 peer reviewed manuscripts, 10 book chapters and provided over 210 invited lectures. His personal interests include travel, photography, music and NFL football.

Professor, Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto, Canada
Attending Anesthesiologist, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Canada
Medical Director, Preadmission program, Anesthesia consult clinic, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto
Board of Directors, Society for Airway Management, USA
Ambulatory Chair, Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society
Co-director, Toronto Anesthesia Symposium

Publications: (December 2018)
Peer-reviewed publications: 138
Total citation: 2113.
H-Index: 25
Abstracts: 65
Book chapters: 10

Invited lectures/workshops: 216

Research interests:
Apneic high flow nasal oxygenation (THRIVE)
Ultrasound for airway management
Obstructive Sleep Apnea and airway management
Oxygenation and airway management in the Morbidly Obese
Difficult airway management
Surgical airway, cricothyrotomy
Supraglottic airway, intubation via SGA

MD, University of Toronto 1981
Residency, Anesthesia, University of Toronto 1988
Fellowship, Critical Care, George Washington University 1990


Airway techniques and equipment– what is new and what do I really need?

Awake intubation – making it a pleasant experience!

Bronchoscopy and BAL in the ICU Separating the lungs

Fiberoptic intubation made easy!

Frontline - what next?

Have a plan!

Prehospital management

Preoperative evaluation of the airway made useful

The "cannot-intubate-cannot-ventilate"– situation. Recognition. Management choices.

The paediatric airway

How to maintain oxygenation in the difficult and combative patient

Ultrasound and the airway



Bronchoscopy for anaesthesiologists


Fiberoptic airway management

Hands on ultrasonography in airway management

Lung separation and bronchial blockers

On full-scale simulators, SimMan: Managing the "cannot-intubate-cannot-ventilate"-and the "cannot-intubate-can-ventilate" situation and other

Retrograde intubation and various devices (ILMA, Airtrach, glidescope, Retromolar, C-trach, McGrath Series 5 and McGrath MAC, AWS, etc.)

High flow nasal oxygen, THRIVE

The paediatric airway



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