Associate Professor
Ki Jinn
Contact Info
T: (416) 603-5118
F: (416) 603-6494
University Health Network - Toronto Western Hospital
399 Bathurst Street, McL2-405
Toronto, ON, M5T 2S8
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Fellowship Coordinator, Toronto Western Hospital
Regional Anesthesia Fellowship Program Director, Toronto Western Hospital
Clinical Interests
acute pain, advanced airway management, regional anesthesia & ultrasound
Research Interests
acute pain, regional anesthesia, ultrasound


Research Synopsis

Dr. Chin has been investigating the clinical application of ultrasound imaging of the adult spine since June 2007. His research to date has focused on its application to central neuraxial blockade (spinal and epidural) anesthesia, particularly in patients with abnormal or difficult spinal anatomy, with the overall goals of improving efficacy and safety of spinal and epidural anesthesia, demonstrating the utility of ultrasound imaging of the spine and disseminating this information. Present avenues of research include refinements in the technique of ultrasound imaging of the spine and how to effectively disseminate the knowledge required to perform the imaging, so as to increase utilization of this valuable tool, amongst anesthesiologists and other physicians who engage in percutaneous interventions on the spine. Together with his colleagues at the Toronto Western Hospital, and international collaborators, he has led the way in establishing ultrasound imaging of the spine as a useful aid to epidural and spinal anesthesia. This has become an area of much clinical interest, with two systematic reviews published since 2013 on the topic, one in the British Medical Journal; and one in the more specialized journal Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine by his group.


Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto

Publications and Awards

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Recent Publications

  1. Burckett-St Laurent, D., Chan, V., & Chin, K. J. (2014). Refining the ultrasound-guided interscalene brachial plexus block: the superior trunk approach. Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia = Journal Canadien D’anesthésie, 61(12), 1098–1102.
  2. Chin, K. J., Perlas, A., & Chan, V. (2015). The ultrasound-assisted paraspinous approach to lumbar neuraxial blockade: a simplified technique in patients with difficult anatomy. Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica, 59(5), 668–673.
  3. Cruz Eng, H., Riazi, S., Veillette, C., Ami, N., Niazi, A. U., Chin, K. J., Perlas, A. (2015). An Expedited Care Pathway with Ambulatory Brachial Plexus Analgesia Is a Cost-effective Alternative to Standard Inpatient Care after Complex Arthroscopic Elbow Surgery: A Randomized, Single-blinded Study.
  4. McVicar, J., Niazi, A. U., Murgatroyd, H., Chin, K. J., & Chan, V. W. (2015). Novice performance of ultrasound-guided needling skills: effect of a needle guidance system. Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, 40(2), 150–153.
  5. Niazi, A. U., Chin, K. J., Jin, R., & Chan, V. W. (2014). Real-time ultrasound-guided spinal anesthesia using the SonixGPS ultrasound guidance system: a feasibility study. Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica, 58(7), 875–881.
  6. Perlas, A., Chaparro, L. E., & Chin, K. J. (2014). Lumbar Neuraxial Ultrasound for Spinal and Epidural Anesthesia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. (Epub)
  7. Sehmbi, H., Madjdpour, C., Shah, U. J., & Chin, K. J. (2015). Ultrasound guided distal peripheral nerve block of the upper limb: A technical review. Journal of Anaesthesiology, Clinical Pharmacology, 31(3), 296–307.

Honours and Awards

Individual Teaching Excellence Award

2013-2014 - University of Toronto

Interprofessional Teaching Award

2012-2013 - University of Toronto