Dr. Perlas’s research focuses on the development and validation of innovative perioperative applications of ultrasound to improve patient safety. She has done pioneer work on neuraxial and peripheral nerve sonoanatomy and has developed image-guided regional anesthesia techniques aimed at improving the safety and effectiveness of regional anesthesia. As the Director of the Clinical Regional Anesthesia Program at the Toronto Western Hospital, she has led a growing team of clinicians through a time of rapid expansion of clinical services of increasing complexity. She is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal Regional Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.
In addition, Dr. Perlas has developed a point-of-care ultrasound approach to assess gastric content and volume at the bedside. She has studied the validity, reliability and diagnostic accuracy of this tool. She is currently collaborating nationally and internationally to fully validate this tool in obese and non-obese adults, children and pregnant women. Her method and framework of gastric content evaluation is being rapidly adopted into anesthesia residency curricula locally and internationally. The ground work for this development has been supported by several peer-reviewed grants from the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation and the Canadian Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Perlas has published over 60 peer-reviewed original articles related to both research focus areas and lectures often at national and international events.