Dr. Yang is Professor and Chair in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine, Western University. Between 2013 and 2017, he was the inaugural Director of Professionalism for the Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. Between 2003 and 2013, he was Professor and Chair at the Department of Anesthesia, University of Ottawa.
He was Chair of the Anesthesia Examination Board at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada between 1996 and 2001. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, he received the Mentor of the Year Award in 2012 from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In 2014, he was the recipient of the Clinical Teacher Award, Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society, in recognition of his exemplary teaching and contributions to Anesthesia education. In 2018, he received the Gold Medal from the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society, the highest honour by the Society in recognition of important contributions to the specialty of anesthesia in Canada through teaching, research, professional practice and administrative leadership. He was the inaugural Head of the Perioperative Medicine Section at the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society in 2002 and was the Principal Investigator for MaVS (Metoprolol after Vascular Surgery) Study and the Principal Investigator for the subsequent POISE (Perioperative Ischemia Evaluation Study), a $5.3M CIHR grant and world-wide multi-centre trial on perioperative beta-blockers.
His current research is on early surgical discharge using postoperative wireless remote monitoring, receiving grants from the Innovation Fund Provincial Oversight Committee, and in partnership with the Ontario Telehealth Network. Postoperative Home Monitoring (POHM) demonstrated safe early post-surgical discharge and improved patient satisfaction with significant cost savings. It was awarded the best project in Patient Care Category at the Innovation Fund Provincial Oversight Committee (IFPOC) Showcase in Nov 2016. The project is now in the early stages of implementation at London Health Sciences and St Joseph’s Healthcare London.