Associate Professor

Cengiz Karsli

The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5G 1X8
Research Interests
advanced airway management, pediatric anesthesia
Clinical Interests
advanced airway management, pediatric anesthesia, transplant anesthesia
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As a pediatric anaesthesiologist at the The Hospital for Sick Children, Dr. Karlsi has a special interest in managing difficult airways in pediatric patients. He has a number of publications on the delivery of anaesthesia to children and has been invited to speak at numerous local, national, and international forums on the topic of airway management in children.


Recent Publications


  1. Cengiz Karsli. Management of the Challenging Pediatric Airway. Canadian Journal of Anesthesiology. 2015 Sep 1;62(9):1000-1016. Principal Author.
  2. Faden M, El-Beheiry H, Pehora C, Karsli C. Learning Curve of the Infant GlideScope® Cobalt Video Laryngoscope in Anesthesiology Residents. Journal of Anesthesia and Clinical Care. 2015 Apr 7;2(1):1-4. Senior Responsible Author.
  3. Karsli C, Strantzas S, Finnerty O, Holmes L, Lewis S. Bradycardia and hypotension during scoliosis surgery in a child - hypovolemia or spinal shock? World Journal of Anesthesiology; 2015 Apr 13. 2 p. World J Anesthesiol 2015 July 27;4(2): 44-48. Principal Author.
  4. McCrone L, Alexander S, Karsli C, Taylor G, Amaral JG, Parra D, Temple M, John P, Connolly BL. US-guided percutaneous needle biopsy of anterior mediastinal masses in children. Pediatric Radiology. Pediatr Radiol. 2012 Jan; 42 (1): 40-9. Epub 2011 Aug 24.
  5. Karsli C, El-Hout, Y, Langer J, Bissonnette B, Farhat W. Physiologic changes in transperitoneal vs retroperitoneal laparoscopy in children: A prospective analysis. Journal of Urology. J Urol. 2011;186(4):1649-52. Principal Author.
  6. Karsli C, Der T. Tracheal intubation in older children with severe retro/micrognathia using the GlideScope® Cobalt Infant Video Laryngoscope. Paedriatic Anaesthesia. Paedriatr Anaesth. 2010 Jun; 20(6):577-8.
  7. Armstrong J, John J, Karsli C. A Comparison between GlideScope® Video Laryngoscope and direct laryngoscope in paedriatic patients with difficult airway - A pilot study. Anaesthesia. Anaesthesia 2010 Apr; 65(4):353-7.
  8. Paquet C, Karsli C. Technique of lung isolation for whole lung lavage in a child with pulmonary alveolar proteinosis. Anesthesiology. 2009 Jan; 110(1):190-2.
  9. Slinger P, Karsli C. Management of the patient with a large anterior mediastinal mass: recurring myths. Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2007 Feb; 20 (1): 1-3.
  10. Rohan D, Barlow R, Karsli C, Ames W. Paediatric renal transplantation: a single centre study. Eur J Anaesthesiol. 2007; 24(1): 93-5.



Staff Anesthesiologist, The Hospital for Sick Children
Staff Physician, Pain Service
Departmental Representative, Liver Transplant Program
Coordinator, Departmental Rounds


Honours and Awards

Name: The Dr. Robert Creighton Award for Excellence in Resident Clinical Teaching


2011 - University of Toronto, Dept of Anesthesia, Faculty of Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada




Principal Investigator. Pediatric Intubating Mask. The Hospital for Sick Children Innovation Project. Innovation Project. Collaborator(s): Al-Izzi, Adel. 
A novel pediatric face mask designed to facilitate spontaneous and positive pressure ventilation as well as flexible fiberoptic intubation.



Course Number: 2014 Nov - Doha, Qatar
Course Name: Anesthesia for Minimal Access Surgery; Anesthesia for Airway and Esophageal Endoscopy; Pediatric Airway Management: The Basics and Beyond
Course Number: 2010 Nov - Ahmadi, Kuwait
Course Name: Pediatric Airway Management - Routine and Difficult
Course Number: 2015 Jun - Ottawa
Course Name: Difficult airway management in a pediatric tertiary care centre
Course Number: 2012 Jun - Quebec City
Course Name: Learning curve of the Infant Glidescope Videolaryngoscope in Novice Users
Course Number: 2015 May - Newmarket
Course Name: Pediatric Challenging Airway management
Course Number: 2013 May - London, Ontario
Course Name: PGY-5 Royal College Exam Preparation
Course Number: 2013 Apr - Toronto
Course Name: PBLD - 10 year old with Down Syndrome for dental surgery