Duminda N. Wijeysundera




Dr. Duminda Wijeysundera is a Staff Physician in the Department of Anesthesia at St. Michael’s Hospital, a Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital, and the Endowed Chair in Translational Anesthesiology Research at St. Michael’s Hospital and University of Toronto. He is also a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, as well as a Senior Adjunct Scientist at ICES Central. Dr. Wijeysundera’s research program focuses on developing methods to better predict and prevent medical complications following major surgery. His program has generated more than 250 peer-reviewed publications, and received more than $5 million in peer-reviewed funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and the Ontario government. In addition to his research activities, Dr. Wijeysundera is an Associate Editor at Anesthesiology, and a member of the editorial boards of Circulation and the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.

Please note: Dr. Wijeysundera is not taking any summer students.

Recent Publications

  1. Daza, JF, Cuthbertson, BH, Myles, PS, Shulman, MA, Wijeysundera, DN, 6MWT-METS Substudy Investigators et al.. Measurement properties of the WHO Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0 for evaluating functional status after inpatient surgery. Br J Surg. 2022; :. doi: 10.1093/bjs/znac263. PubMed PMID:35929065 .
  2. Chesney, TR, Wong, C, Tricco, AC, Wijeysundera, DN, Ladha, KS, Kishibe, T et al.. Frailty assessment tools for use by surgeons when evaluating older adults prior to surgery: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open. 2022;12 (7):e061951. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-061951. PubMed PMID:35896291 .
  3. Daza, JF, Bartoszko, J, Van Klei, W, Ladha, K, McCluskey, S, Wijeysundera, DN et al.. Improved Re-estimation of Perioperative Cardiac Risk Using the Surgical Apgar Score: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Ann Surg. 2022; :. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000005509. PubMed PMID:35801710 .
  4. Leslie, K, Martin, C, Myles, PS, Devereaux, PJ, Peyton, PJ, Story, DA et al.. Inclusion, characteristics, and outcomes of male and female participants in large international perioperative studies. Br J Anaesth. 2022; :. doi: 10.1016/j.bja.2022.05.019. PubMed PMID:35753807 .
  5. Wijeysundera, DN, Alibhai, SMH, Ladha, KS, Puts, MTE, Chesney, TR, Daza, JF et al.. Functional Improvement Trajectories After Surgery (FIT After Surgery) study: protocol for a multicentre prospective cohort study to evaluate significant new disability after major surgery in older adults. BMJ Open. 2022;12 (6):e062524. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-062524. PubMed PMID:35732384 PubMed Central PMC9226941.
  6. Teja, B, Bosch, NA, Wijeysundera, DN, Wijeysundera, HC, Saskin, R, Hill, AD et al.. First-line Vasopressor Use in Septic Shock and Route of Administration: An Epidemiologic Study. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2022; :. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202203-222OC. PubMed PMID:35709214 .
  7. Neuman, MD, Feng, R, Ellenberg, SS, Sieber, F, Sessler, DI, Magaziner, J et al.. Pain, Analgesic Use, and Patient Satisfaction With Spinal Versus General Anesthesia for Hip Fracture Surgery : A Randomized Clinical Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2022;175 (7):952-960. doi: 10.7326/M22-0320. PubMed PMID:35696684 .
  8. Jivraj, NK, Ladha, K, Goel, A, Hill, A, Wijeysundera, DN, Bateman, BT et al.. Trends in postoperative opioid prescribing in Ontario between 2013 and 2019: a population-based cohort study. Can J Anaesth. 2022;69 (8):974-985. doi: 10.1007/s12630-022-02266-5. PubMed PMID:35534769 .
  9. Kaster, TS, Blumberger, DM, Gomes, T, Sutradhar, R, Wijeysundera, DN, Vigod, SN et al.. Risk of suicide death following electroconvulsive therapy treatment for depression: a propensity score-weighted, retrospective cohort study in Canada. Lancet Psychiatry. 2022;9 (6):435-446. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(22)00077-3. PubMed PMID:35487236 .
  10. Wijeysundera, DN. What defines success after major surgery?. Can J Anaesth. 2022;69 (6):687-692. doi: 10.1007/s12630-022-02248-7. PubMed PMID:35396650 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Professor, Department of Anesthesia and Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • Staff Physician, Department of Anesthesia, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Adjunct Scientist, ICES Central