Dr. Sana-Ara Ahmed

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Dr. Sana-Ara Ahmed MD FRCPC

Anesthesiologist & Chronic Pain Management Specialist
Medical Cannabis ACMPR Specialist



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Expert Opinion: A Cannabinoid Medicine Specialist Viewpoint on Legalization of Cannabis and How it Affects You & Your Family.

Dr. Ahmed is a visionary who has taken on the challenge to revolutionize the way chronic pain patients are treated in Calgary. She is guided by her expertise as an anesthesiologist, by her ultrasound-guided interventional procedure skill-set, and by her specialization in cannabinoid medicine to be innovative, tech savvy, and to not be afraid to advocate for her patients and promote medical cannabis use.


Dr. Ahmed is a practising clinical Anesthesiologist in Alberta and Ontario with specialist training in Interventional Chronic Pain Management and Cannabinoid Medicine. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan (2006) and received her FRCPC in 2011 in Anesthesiology and Medicine from the University of British Columbia. She worked as an academic anesthesiologist (2012-2014) in Toronto at St. Michael’s hospital and completed her Medical Education Fellowship from the University of Toronto (2013).

As a budding entrepreneur, Dr. Ahmed developed the medical clinic “The Health Boutique” in 2014 to pursue her passion of providing holistic and compassionate postoperative chronic pain management solutions to her community. She started a small practice in Toronto and concurrently began a scope of practice change to interventional chronic pain management. She completed 500 hours of chronic pain training and a research project titled “The Role of Medical Cannabis in the Chronic Pain Epidemic in Canada”. Her white paper 80 page document was submitted to the City of Toronto and the Ontario Ministry of Health and served as a foundation of information for city councillors and ministry employees regarding medical cannabis. Her knowledge in medical cannabis and its application in treatment for chronic pain inspired her to remove her own bias against it and now openly supports the use of medical cannabis for all pain patients.

She moved to Calgary in 2016 and started a solo practice interventional chronic pain treatment clinic inside an existing family doctor walk-in clinic. She started with 20 patients which grew to 300 patients in her first year and now her clinical practice has grown to over 600 patients across Southern Alberta. She is currently one of the only physicians in Alberta that is highly specialized in cannabinoid medicine due to her medical education initiatives and independent research initiatives. She is part of an educational collaboration with medical practitioners across North America and has access to the latest research and evidence coming forth in this area of medicine. Most recently, her chronic pain work has led her to become an advocate for women suffering from pelvic pain and just in April 2018 her abstract: “Treating Complex Urogynecologic Pain with Medical Cannabis in Combination With US-Guided IH & GFN Nerve Blocks” was accepted for oral moderated poster presentation by the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine World Congress in New York City - one of the first medical abstracts based on Cannabis in this field to be accepted.

Abstract: 

Join Dr. Ahmed as she discusses the role of Cannabis in treating chronic pain and mitigating opioid addiction issues in our communities. Dr. Ahmed uses her extensive knowledge of the Canadian Regulations: Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) and clinical knowledge of the Cannabis plant and endocannabinoid system to educate the public on the impact legalization of cannabis will have on our communities.

Through this presentation, Dr. Ahmed will explain what Cannabis is, and how it interacts with the human endocannabinoid system to resolve medical issues ranging from anxiety to severe fibromyalgia. You will have a better understanding of how chronic pain affects the human body, the secondary health issues that are associated with chronic pain and how chronic pain impacts our Canadian economy. Dr. Ahmed uses her extensive knowledge of the Canadian Regulations: Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) and clinical knowledge of the Cannabis plant and endocannabinoid system to educate you on the impact legalization of cannabis will have on you and your family. You will be educated on how best to use cannabis by sharing decision making with your doctor and taking ownership of your well-being by advocating for your rights as a patient and citizen of Alberta.