Ram Anantha, BSc (Hons), MD, MSc, FRCSC

Assistant Clinical Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Surgery Dept


Assistant Clinical Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Surgery Dept
CSC 201, Royal Alexandra Hospital
10240 Kingsway Avenue
Edmonton AB
T5H 3V9


Area of Study / Keywords

Machine Learning with Registry Data Trauma Quality Improvement Abdominal Wall Reconstruction


Ram Anantha completed his medical school training at the University of Ottawa. He subsequently moved to London, Ontario to complete his General Surgery residency at the University of Western Ontario in 2016. During this time, Dr. Anantha also completed a graduate degree in Microbiology and Immunology as part of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada Clinician Investigator Program (CIP). He then completed his fellowship training in Surgical Critical Care, Trauma, and Acute Care Surgery at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has been practicing as a trauma and general sugeon at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, University of Alberta, since August 2018.

His clinical interests revolve around complex abdominal wall reconstruction, as well as quality improvement in trauma and acute care surgery. Dr. Anantha currently spearheads the Complex Hernia and Abdominal Reconstruction Group of Edmonton (CHARGE), a novel multi-disciplinary surgical initiative that aims to provide comprehensive perioperative care for patients with complex abdominal wall hernias in Northern Alberta.


Dr. Anantha is part of the Edmonton Zone Trauma and Acute Care Collaborative (EZ-TRACC), a city-wide group of trauma and acute care surgeons dedicated to improving clinical care through research.

Dr. Anantha's primary research interest revolves around the use of machine learning algorithms in large data sets, such as the Northern Alberta trauma registry: the focus of this work is to identify discrete sub-populations of trauma patients who would benefit from targeted interventions in order to improve clinical outcomes. As a direct result of this research, and in partnership with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the trauma group in Edmonton has created a Traumatic Brain Injury clinic to address the neuro-cognitive needs of injured patients with mild to moderate brain injury. Additional projects stemming from this big data analysis include the Blunt Chest Trauma Incentive Spirometry protocol, Geospatial Analysis of Rural Trauma Patients Transferred to Edmonton, and Examination of Venous Thromboembolism Rates in Trauma and Surgical Patients. Further projects include the Correlation of Socioeconomic Status and Frailty among Geriatric Trauma Patients, as well as an examination of the Incidence of Violent Trauma within Urban Centres During the COVID19 Pandemic.

Dr. Anantha has also co-supervised undergraduate students in the Department of Computing Science with trauma-related projects in machine learning.


Early predictors of discharge to home among severely injured geriatric patients: A single-system retrospective cohort study
Author(s): Lai K, Anantha RV, Fawcett V, Tsang B, Kim M, Widder S.
Publication Date: 1/6/2021
Publication: Trauma
External Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1460408620982261
A gap analysis of the potential use of resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) in trauma at two major Canadian trauma centers
Author(s): Eksteen A, O’Dochartaigh D, Odenbach J, Douma MJ, O’Neill K, Anantha R, Bradley NL, Gauri A, Widder S
Publication Date: 12/15/2020
Publication: Can J Emerg Med
Volume: 23
Page Numbers: 36-44
External Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s43678-020-00007-5
Undertriage Despite Use of Geriatric-Specific Trauma Team Activation Guidelines : Who Are We Missing?
Author(s): Anantha RV, Painter MD, Diaz-Garelli F, Nunn AM, Miller PR 3rd, Chang MC, Jason Hoth J.
Publication Date: 10/7/2020
Publication: Am Surg
Volume: https://doi.org/10.1177/0003134820951450
External Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0003134820951450?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%20%200pubmed
Evaluation of trauma resources in rural northern Alberta identifies opportunities for improvement
Author(s): Jiang HY, MacLean A, Yoon J, Hughes S, Kim MJ, Anantha RV, Widder SL; Edmonton Zone Trauma and Acute Care Collaborative (EZ-TRACC)
Publication Date: 8/28/2020
Publication: Can J Surg
Volume: 63
Issue: 5
Page Numbers: E383-E390
External Link: http://canjsurg.ca/63-5-e383/