Ken LeDez, MD

Director-at-Large 2016-2018

Ken LeDez MB ChB, FRCPC is an anesthesiologist and specialist in diving and hyperbaric medicine. He is an Associate Professor, and former Chair of the Discipline of Anesthesia at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. He has years of experience providing medical coverage of inshore commercial diving operations and offshore saturation diving related to the oil and gas industry.

Ken LeDez has extensive experience at national level in the specialty of anaesthesiology, including previously being on the Executive Board of the Canadian Anesthesiologists Society, and a member that organization’s research, economics and other committees. He was on the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia for nine years. Dr. LeDez continues on the Standards of Practice Committee of the Canadian Anesthesiologists Society. He is a member of the anesthesia-related committees of the Canadian Standards Association and the International Standards Organization. Dr. LeDez played a key role in the development of provincial diving regulations in Newfoundland and Labrador and the medical requirements in for the Workplace, Health, Safety and Compensation Committee (WHSCC) in the province. His brief guidebook to diving safety is still available for free download as a PDF (Handbook-Diving) on the website of the WHSCC:

Ken LeDez enjoys underwater video and video editing. His diving experience extends from above the Arctic Circle, to both coasts of North America, the Caribbean, South Pacific and Australia. His training in diving and hyperbaric medicine includes a fellowship at the University of Toronto and courses in Europe, North America and Australia. He is a keen sailor and a former pilot.

Dr. LeDez was born in Toronto, finished his schooling in England and graduated medical school at the University of Dundee in Scotland. His anesthesia training includes positions in the U.K., Toronto and Halifax. He has worked in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, since 1991 and established the hyperbaric medicine treatment program. He is Medical Director of the Hyperbaric Medicine Service of Eastern Health and is experienced with multiplace and monoplace hyperbaric treatments. He has published research, case reports and editorials in medical journals on both anesthesia and hyperbaric medicine topics.