Dr. Gary E. Townsend
M.D., F.R.C.P. Certified Anaesthetic Specialist
Dr. Townsend is a certified anesthetic specialist. He is a member of the British Columbia Anaesthetic Society, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and an Associate Professor of Anaesthesia at the University of British Columbia. Originally from eastern Canada, Dr. Townsend was an undergraduate in the Faculty of Science, University of Ottawa and obtained his medical degree there in 1977. He subsequently did a rotating internship in Auckland, New Zealand.
Returning to Canada, he completed his anesthetic specialty training at McGill University, including a year of cardiac anesthesia subspecialization. He worked and taught at the Royal Victoria and Montreal General Hospitals as an Assistant Professor of Anaesthesia from 1983-1984 and was Co-director of the Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit at MGH.
He moved to Vancouver and joined the staff of Vancouver General Hospital in 1984 and over eight years there became Head of Cardiac Anaesthesia, Head of the Cardiac Surgical ICU, and an Associate Professor of Anaesthesia, University of British Columbia.
Wishing for a more balanced life with his family, Dr. Townsend moved to Victoria and the Royal Jubilee Hospital in 1992. Once again, he became Head of Cardiac Anaesthesia and for three years was Site Chief of Anaesthesia.
Throughout the years, Dr. Townsend has not only followed his subspecialty interest in cardiac surgery but has provided anesthetics and perioperative care for all other surgical specialties, including plastic surgery. He has always recognized the importance of all members of a surgical team and looks forward to contributing his expertise to those undergoing treatment at Clinic 805.