Dr Ilana Sebbag


Hospital: Victoria Hospital
City: London, Ontario
Country: Canada
Postcode: N6A 5W9

Supervisor: Dr. Ilana Sebbag (Fellowship and Research Coordinator)
Telephone: +1(519)685-8500 #33384
Email: Andrea.fragassi@lhsc.on.ca

Enquiries to: Andrea Fragassi

Duration/Start: Twelve months from start date

Grade: PGY 6 and above


Victoria Hospital is an academic tertiary care hospital which provides obstetrical anesthesia services for almost 6000 deliveries per year. London Health Sciences Centre’s Women’s Care Program at Victoria Hospital is the first in Canada to be designated as a Centre of Excellence by the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) for providing safe, effective, and evidence-based Obstetric Anesthesia care.

The cases are interesting and challenging as almost 30% of the obstetric patients are considered high risk. There is an approximately 80% epidural user rate and a 23% cesarean delivery rate.


The Obstetrical Anesthesia Fellowship places emphasis on advanced clinical expertise, through clinical exposure, regular education/teaching opportunities, research and quality improvement activities, and leadership opportunities.

The fellowship offers a variety of clinical experiences such as a 24-hour epidural labor analgesia service, cesarean deliveries and other obstetric surgeries, an acute postcesarean pain service, and an Obstetric Anesthesia clinic for consultation of high risk obstetric patients. The fellow will also gain experience in the use of ultrasound for neuraxial anesthesia. These activities are supported by weekly Obstetric Anesthesia rounds.

As well, there is an expectation that the fellow will regularly teach residents, medical students, and other health care personnel. The fellow is also expected to perform with direct supervision at least one research project during the fellowship. Other research activities include online modules, grant, REB and abstract submissions, as well as presentations at meetings. The fellow will also, with supervision review manuscripts for anesthesia journals.

Fellowship Structure

Duration: The Fellowship Training Program will be undertaken over twelve (12) consecutive months and includes four (4) weeks of holiday time. The remaining forty eight (48) weeks will be comprised of general clinical, subspeciality training and research (if approved in advance).

Number of fellowship positions: 2

Location: Fellowship training will take place at Victoria (Children’s Hospital).

Service commitment: 100 days per year (subject to change according to department fellowship policies). This service commitment may be in subspecialties unrelated to Obstetric Anesthesia. The remainder of the weekdays is subspecialty time. Academic time may be granted depending on the academic productivity of the fellow.


London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), one of Canada’s largest acute-care teaching hospitals, is dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching and research. Since 1875, we have provided patient care for the people of London, the region, and beyond. Many national and international medical breakthroughs have been pioneered at LHSC, to the benefit of patients at home and around the world. Through our affiliation with Western University and more than 30 other educational institutions, we train more than 1,800 medical and health care professionals annually.


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