Rob Tanzola

Medical School:
 Queen’s University (2001)

Anesthesia Postgraduate Training: Queen’s University (2006)

Additional Training:

·         Cardiac Anesthesiology Fellowship – University of Ottawa Heart Institute (2007)

·         Certification in Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (2007)

Clinical Interests: Cardiac Anesthesiology, TEE, Cardiac ICU, Transthoracic Echocardiography

Departmental Responsibilities:

·         Undergraduate Clerkship Coordinator

·         Residency Training Committee Member

·         Cardiac Rounds Coordinator

·         Call Schedule Coordinator

Research Interests

  • Focused Transthoracic Echocardiography Training of Anesthesiology Residents
  • The use of beta-blockers as an opioid-sparing drug in laparoscopic surgery

 Recent Publications

Book Chapters


  1. Tanzola R., Milne B., Ventricular Tachycardia, 5-Minute Anesthesia Consult. Singh-RadcliffND (eds.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012. 
  2. Tanzola R., Milne B., Taquicardia Ventricular, 5-Minute Consult Anestesiologia. Singh-Radcliff ND (eds.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2013. 

Peer-reviewed Articles



  1. Mizubuti GB, Allard RV, Tanzola RC, Ho AMH.  Pro: Focused cardiac ultrasound should be an integral component of anesthesiology residency training. J Cardiothor Vasc Anesth, accepted. 
  2. Secretain F, Pollard A, Uddin M, Ball CG, Hamilton A, Tanzola RC, Thorpe JB, Milne B. A novel software program for detection of potential air emboli during cardiac surgery. Cardiovascular Ultrasound, 13:3, 2015 
  3. Gerlach R, Mark D, Poologaindran A, Tanzola R. Cardiac rupture from blunt chest trauma diagnosed on transesophageal echocardiography. Anesth Analg, 120:293-295, 2015. 
  4. Poologaindran A, Milne B, Allard R, Tanzola R. Use of a point-of-view camera and an Apple iPad as a tool to teach direct laryngoscopy. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, 61:967-968, 2014. 
  5. Shyam V, Mohamed K, Zamora JE, Tanzola R. Asymptomatic stress cardiomyopathy following severe postoperative pain. J Clin Anesth, submitted.
  6. Arellano RJ, Nurmohamed A, Rumman A, Day AG, Milne B, Tanzola RC. Utility of point of care transthoracic echocardiography to confirm internal jugular guide-wire position. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, 61:340-34, 2014. 
  7. Shyam V, Dossa F, Tanzola R, Ellis A, Engen D. Anaphylaxis Following Patent Blue Dye in Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping, International journal of perioperative ultrasound and applied technologies ( IJUPT) 2:30-31, 2013. 
  8. Tanzola R.  Book Review : Sonoanatomy for Anaesthetists. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia 60:830-831, 2013. 
  9. Gerlach RM, Saha TK, Allard RV, Tanzola R. Unrecognized tamponade diagnosed on focused echocardiography. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia 60:803-807, 2013.
  10. Gerlach R, Tanzola R, Allard R. Intraoperative Diagnosis of Transient Pseudo-Severe Aortic Stenosis. Anesth Analg 117:30-32, 2013. 
  11. Shum S, Tanzola R, McMullen M, Hopman WM, Engen D,  How well are pre-booked enhanced care units utilized?,  J Clin Anesth  25:202-208, 2013. 
  12. Tanzola RC, Walsh S, Hopman WM, Sydor D, Arellano R, Allard RV,  Focused Transthoracic Echocardiography Training in a Cohort of Canadian Anesthesiology Residents, Canadian Journal of Anesthesia 60:32-37, 2013. 
  13. Arellano R, Nuromohamed A, Rumman A, Milne B, Tanzola RPoint of care transthoracic echocardiography as an alternative to transesophageal echocardiography to confirm internal jugular guidewire position, Canadian Journal of Anesthesia,59:103–104, 2012.
  14. Payne DM, Hamilton A, Milne B, Tanzola R, O’Reilly M., Intra-operative Diagnosis of Unroofed Coronary Sinus Following Aortic Valve Replacement, Annals of Thoracic Surgery 93:296-297, 2012.
  15. Tanzola R.C, Erb J., Endersby R., Milne B., Transesophageal echocardiography of pulmonary artery compression by benign follicular lymphoid hyperplasia. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia 57:1042-1043, 2010.
  16. Tanzola R.C., Milne B., Hamilton, A.,  Transesophageal echocardiography of a dislodged left atrial appendage thrombus and its subsequent surgical removal during coronary artery bypass graft surgery. J Am Soc Echocardiograph 23: 1008.e1-1008.e3, 2010.
  17. Tanzola R.C., Allard R., Transesophageal Echocardiography of an Anomalous Circumflex Coronary Artery : Anatomy and Implications, Anesth Analg, 109: 1029-1031, 2009.
  18. Tanzola R.C., Allard R., Hamilton, A.,  Intraoperative Transesophageal Echocardiography for an Intracavitary Left Ventricular Lipoma, Anesth Analg 108:786-787, 2009.

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