Assistant Professor

Paul Tumber

University Health Network - Toronto Western Hospital
399 Bathurst Street, McL2-405, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5T 2S8
Research Interests
chronic pain, pain management, ultrasound
Clinical Interests
acute pain, chronic pain, interventional pain management
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Dr. Tumber graduated with great distinction from the University of Saskatchewan. He then became certified in the practice of family medicine, followed by anesthesiology. He completed a multidisciplinary pain management fellowship at the University of Washington, Seattle and returned to work at the Toronto Western Hospital, UHN in September 2000. He was the director of the Acute Pain Service for ten years. His current interests include the use of methadone for pain management, acute and chronic pain, and interventional pain medicine. 


Recent Publications


  1. Soneji N, Bhatia A, Seib R, Tumber P, Dissanayake M, Peng PW. Comparison of Fluoroscopy and Ultrasound Guidance for Sacroiliac Joint Injection in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain. Pain Practice. 2015 May 19
  2. Tumber PS. Optimizing perioperative analgesia for the complex pain patient: medical and interventional strategies. Can J Anaesth. 2014 Feb 1;61(2):131-40
  3. Kastanias P, Gowans S, Tumber PS, Snaith K, Robinson S. Patient-controlled oral analgesia for postoperative pain management following total knee replacement. Pain Res Manag. 2010 Jan-Feb 15(1): 11-16
  4. Peng, PW and Tumber, PS. Review Article. Ultrasound-Guided Interventional Procedures for Patients with Chronic Pelvic Pain – A description of techniques and Review of Literature. Pain Physician. 2008 Mar-Apr;11(2): 215-224
  5. Peng, PW, Tumber PS, Gourlay D. Review article: Perioperative pain management of patients on methadone therapy. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia. 2005 May;52(5):513-523



Chronic Pain, Director of Education, Toronto Western Hospital and Mt. Sinai Hospital Wasser Pain Management Centre
Pain Management Consultant, University Health Network and Mt. Sinai Hospital Wasser Pain Management Centre
Member, Pain Medicine Residency Committee, University of Toronto 
Member, Clinical Operations Committee, University Health Network
Member, Toronto Pain Medicine Institute Committee, Women’s College Hospital 
Member, Health Informatics Committee, Women’s College Hospital
Medical Director for Anesthesia Assistants, Toronto Western Hospital


Honours and Awards

Name: Dr. David Bevan Award for Excellence in Inter-Professional Education


2011, 2015 - Department of Anesthesia, Faculty of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital & UHN, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management, University of Toronto

Name: Distinction in Anatomical Sciences

1991 - University of Saskatchewan



Course Number: Involved with teaching pain management at all levels of postgraduate and undergraduate education (Interprofessional)
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