Dr. Orser is a co-founder of the Perioperative Brain Health Centre, which is located at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Her clinical research also focuses on ways to improve medication safety in the operating room. She co-founded the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada, the first Canadian reporting system for medication errors. She also established the patient safety committee for the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society and chaired the Canadian Standards Association subcommittee on the labeling and packaging of drugs.
Her scientific discoveries have been recognized by several awards and prestigious grants, including a 2017 CIHR Foundation Grant, a Canada Research Chair in Anesthesia and the first Frontiers in Anesthesia Award from the International Anesthesia Society. She is the recipient of the 2017 Gold Medal from the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society; the 2017 Peter Dresel Award in Pharmacology from Dalhousie University; a Premier’s Research Excellence Award; a Recognition Award from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices in the U.S.; and a Career Scientist Award from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.