Sean McLean


Clinical Assistant Professor


Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics


Vancouver Acute

Tell us about your role as a clinical faculty member at UBC?

I am a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist and the Director of Perioperative Echocardiography at Vancouver Acute. I teach medical students, residents and fellows cardiac and thoracic anesthesia in the operating rooms at Vancouver Acute.

Best part of your job?

Getting to know learners in the operating room and developing their understanding of the interplay between physiology, anatomy and pharmacology.

Who inspires you and why?

All of the anesthesiologists across British Columbia who provide excellent clinical care and teach at a high level every single day.

Tell us about a project or endeavour that you’ve participated in that makes you proud?

We are trialing the use of prophylactic medications to prevent patients from developing atrial fibrillation after cardiac and thoracic surgery. A team of anesthesiologists, surgeons, nurses and managers is collaborating to find ways to prevent this common surgical complication and help patients leave the hospital sooner after surgery.

Best advice for students?

Mentors can provide excellent insight and perspective into a future career in medicine. Find a mentor you share interests with and explore how they balance their personal and professional lives.

How do you like to recharge?

Early morning rainforest hikes with my family or riding my bike on the North Shore mountains.