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Dr. Rob Tanzola
Dr. Rob Tanzola
Associate Professor
Contact Info

Medical School: 

Queen’s University

Anaesthesia Postgraduate Training: 

Queen’s University 

Additional Training:

Cardiac Anesthesiology Fellowship – University of Ottawa Heart Institute 

Certification in Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography

Clinical Interests: 

  • Cardiac Anesthesiology
  • TEE
  • Cardiac ICU
  • Transthoracic Echocardiography

Departmental Responsibilities:

  • Finance Committee co-Chair
  • 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, Churg-Strauss Syndrome, Essence of Anesthesia Practice, 4th Edition. Fleisher LA (eds.). Elsevier, 2018.
  2. Tanzola R., Milne B., Ventricular Tachycardia, 5-Minute Anesthesia Consult. Singh-Radcliff ND (eds.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012.
  3. Tanzola R., Milne B., Taquicardia Ventricular, 5-Minute Consult Anestesiologia. Singh-Radcliff ND (eds.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2013.

Peer-reviewed Articles

  1. Sabbahi A, Haley S, Tanzola R, Rooney R, Turner K. Mock Delivery Drill in a Super Morbidly Obese Parturient, Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, accepted.
  2. Mizubuti GB, Allard RV, Ho AMH, Wang L, Beesley T, Hopman W, Egan R, Sydor D, Engen D, Saha T,  Tanzola RC,  Knowledge Retention after Focused Cardiac Ultrasound Training: A Prospective Cohort Pilot Stud, Brazilian Journal of Anesthesiology  69: 177-83, 2019.
  3. Johri AM, Durbin J, Newbigging J, Tanzola R, Chow R, De S, Tam J. Cardiac Point-of-Care Ultrasound: State of the Art in Medical School Education. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography,  J Am Soc Echocardiograph 31:749-760, 2018.
  4. Koumpan Y, Jaeger M, Mizubuti GB, Tanzola R, Jain K, Hosier G, Hopman W, Siemens DR.  Spinal Anesthesia is Associated with Lower Recurrence Rates after Resection of Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer. J Urology 199:940-6, 2018.
  5. Mizubuti GB, Wang L, Ho AM, Tanzola RC, Leitch J. Perioperative Management for Abdominal Surgery in Bilateral Diaphragmatic Paralysis: A Case Report and Literature Review, A & A Case Reports,  9: 280-282, 2017.
  6. Mizubuti G, Allard R, Ho AMH, Cummings M, Tanzola RC. A Survey of Focused Cardiac Ultrasound Training in Canadian Anesthesiology Residency Programs. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia  64:441-2, 2017.
  7. Mizubuti G, Koumpan Y, Hamilton GA, Phelan R, Ho AMH, Tanzola RC, Wang L, Retrograde Extrusion of Coronary Thrombus During Urgent Aorto-Coronary Bypass Surgery. A & A Case Reports 8: 268-271, 2017.
  8. Koumpan Y, Engen D, Tanzola R, Saha T, Periarticular Morphine-Induced Sphincter of Oddi Spasm Causing Severe Pain and Bradycardia in an Awake Patient Under Spinal Anesthesia: An Important Diagnostic Consideration.  A & A Case Reports 7:152-4, 2016.
  9. 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, 29:1081-1085, 2015.
  10. 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
  11. Gerlach R, Mark D, Poologaindran A, Tanzola R. Cardiac rupture from blunt chest trauma diagnosed on transesophageal echocardiography. Anesth Analg, 120:293-295, 2015.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Tanzola R.  Book Review : Sonoanatomy for Anaesthetists. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia 60:830-831, 2013.
  16. Gerlach RM, Saha TK, Allard RV, Tanzola R. Unrecognized tamponade diagnosed on focused echocardiography. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia 60:803-807, 2013.
  17. Gerlach R, Tanzola R, Allard R. Intraoperative Diagnosis of Transient Pseudo-Severe Aortic Stenosis. Anesth Analg 117:30-32, 2013.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Arellano R, Nuromohamed A, Rumman A, Milne B, Tanzola R,  Point of care transthoracic echocardiography as an alternative to transesophageal echocardiography to confirm internal jugular guidewire position, Canadian Journal of Anesthesia,59:103–104, 2012.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Tanzola R.C., Allard R., Transesophageal Echocardiography of an Anomalous Circumflex Coronary Artery : Anatomy and Implications, Anesth Analg, 109: 1029-1031, 2009.
  25. Tanzola R.C., Allard R., Hamilton, A.,  Intraoperative Transesophageal Echocardiography for an Intracavitary Left Ventricular Lipoma, Anesth Analg 108:786-787, 2009.