CAS Humanitarian Award
Dr Achal Dhir
Dr Achal Dhir
has been exemplary in promoting human welfare by advancing anesthesia education across Canada and abroad. As an educator of anesthesia trainees (residents and fellows) and medical students at Western University, he has made lasting and meaningful contributions to the anesthesia community at large. He has received many Fellow Teacher of the Year and Undergraduate Teacher of the Year awards for his service. His lectures and visiting professorships on liver transplantation, echocardiography and coagulation have led to increased knowledge and improved patient care around the world, including in patient care facilities in India, Mexico, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Thailand, China and the Philippines.
Dr Dhir has also participated in medical missions worldwide, proving excellent care for patients in China, the UAE, and India. In fact, Dr Dhir led the anesthesia team which performed India's first successful heart transplant in New Delhi on August 3, 1994, an accomplishment recognized nationally by the Prime Minister of India.
His impact on the anesthesia specialty is also notable in his work on the editorial board of the International Journal of Anaesthesia & Critical Care, and as a reviewer for the Journal of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesia, the India Heart Journal, and the European Journal of Surgical Oncology.
Given in recognition of excellence in global anesthesiology