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Deepa Kattail

Title: Staff Anesthesiologist and Paediatric Pain Physician, Department of Anesthesia & Pain Medicine
Designations: MD, MHS, FAAP
Pronouns: she/her
U of T Positions: Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine


Dr. Deepa Kattail is a paediatric anesthesiologist and pain physician. She is currently a staff physician at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) where she practices both paediatric anesthesiology and paediatric pain medicine, as a member of both the Acute Pain Service and Chronic Pain Clinic. She is an active member of the Society for Paediatric Pain Medicine where she is currently an executive board member and chair of the communications committee.

Dr. Kattail is involved in various organizations advocating for improvements in pain care at the national and provincial levels in Canada, as paediatric co-chair of the Ontario Chronic Pain network, affiliated with Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, member of the National Advisory Committee for Pain Canada and an inaugural board director of a newly launched non-profit, Pain Ontario.

Dr. Kattail is also actively involved in dissemination of knowledge through social media and internet portals including substantial contributions to SolvingPain, associate editor for the Pain Medicine section of OpenAnesthesia and editor of Baby Blocks. She was honoured as a 2023 fellow of the May Day Pain & Society fellowship for her work and leadership in paediatric pain medicine.


Dr. Kattail has a focused interest in clincial research related to various aspects of paediatric pain medicine including acute pain, chronic pain and regional anesthesia.

Education and experience

  • 2015–2017: Masters in Health Science, Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, United States.
  • 2012–2013: Clinical Fellow, Pediatric Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • 2009–2010: Resident Physician, Anesthesiology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • 2008–2009: Internship, Preliminary Surgery, St John Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan, United States.
  • 2007–2008: Clinical Research Assistant, Toronto Western Research Institute, Krembil Neuroscience Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Supervisor: Dr. Michael Fehlings, MD, phD, MS, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 1999–2006: Medical degree, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India


  • 2023: Fellow of the Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship: Communicating Science & Improving Care
  • 2022: Inaugural founding board member of Pain Ontario (non-profit organization representing pain clinicians and persons living with pain in the province of Ontario)
  • 2022: Co-Chair (Pediatric) of Executive committee, Ontario Chronic Pain Network
  • 2022: Program Chair for 9th Annual Meeting of Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine
  • 2021: Elected as executive board member for the Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine
  • 2021: Program co-chair, 8th annual meeting of Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine
  • 2020: Co-Lead (Pediatric), Ontario Chronic Pain Network (Provincial committee with Ministry of Health and Long Term Care,), Knowledge, Translation, Outreach and Communications Committee and Executive Committee
  • 2012: Midwest Anesthesia Residents Conference 2012, Second place in Critical Care session
  • 2011: American Society of Anesthesiology, American Society of Anesthesiology Mentoring Award 2011.
  • 2008: University of Toronto’s Department of Surgery 2008 Gallie Day, the Wyeth Award for “Best Clinical Epidemiology or Education Based Research Poster”


  1. Kattail, Deepa, Aaron Hsu, Myron Yaster, Paul T. Vozzo, Shuna Gao, John M. Thompson, Debra L. Roter et al. Attitudes and self-reported practices of orthopedic providers regarding prescription opioid use. Journal of Opioid Management 15, no. 3 (2019): 213–228.
  2. Kattail, Deepa, Alexandra Macmillan, Leila Musavi, Rachel Pedreira, Muhammad Faateh, Regina Cho, Joseph Lopez, and Amir H. Dorafshar. Pain management for nonsyndromic craniosynostosis: adequate analgesia in a pediatric cohort?. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery 29, no. 5 (2018): 1148–1153.
  3. Archer, V., Robinson, T., Kattail, D., Fitzgerald, P. and Walton, J.M., 2020. Postoperative pain control following minimally invasive correction of pectus excavatum in pediatric patients: a systematic review. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 55(5), pp.805–810.
  4. Monitto, C.L., Hsu, A., Gao, S., Vozzo, P.T., Park, P.S., Roter, D., Yenokyan, G., White, E.D., Kattail, D., Edgeworth, A.E. and Vasquenza, K.J., 2017. Opioid prescribing for the treatment of acute pain in children upon hospital discharge. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 125(6), p.2113. 
  5. Kattail, D., Furlan, J.C. and Fehlings, M.G., 2009. Epidemiology and clinical outcomes of acute spine trauma and spinal cord injury: experience from a specialized spine trauma center in Canada in comparison with a large national registry. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, 67(5), pp.936–943. 

See a full list of Dr. Deepa Kattail's publications.

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