Ryan Smith, MD, FRCPC Expert Witness

Contact this Expert Witness

  • Company: McMaster University Department of Anesthesiology
  • Phone: 905-746-6690
  • Website: www.anesthesiamd.ca

Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Anesthesiology and Ultrasound

Specialty Focus:

anesthesia complications, failed airway, obstetrics, acute pain management, nerve damage, physician competence, regional anesthesia, general anesthesia, neuroanesthesia, spine, vascular, trauma, orthopedics, point of care ultrasound, pain management, opioids


FRCPC (Anesthesiology), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; MD, University of Calgary; MSc, University of Alberta

Years in Practice:


Additional Information

I am an academic anesthesiologist, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and senior faculty member at McMaster University (birthplace of evidence-based medicine). I have cross-border experience and licensure in both Canada and the United States. My practice includes providing anesthesia and perioperative care for general adult surgery, complex spine and neurosurgery, trauma, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, regional anesthesia, and ambulatory surgery. I am the former Director of Perioperative Consult Services at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN) and former Chief of Anesthesia at Hamilton Health Sciences (Hamilton, ON). I am an award-willing clinical teacher, a direct and effective communicator, and mentor to students and junior physicians. As a healthcare administrator, I have substantive experience in handling patient and family complaints, assessing physician competence, and conducting critical incident and root cause analyses.