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. Beckerleg, W, Kobewka, D, Wijeysundera, DN, Sood, MM, McIsaac, DI. Association of Preoperative Medical Consultation With Reduction in Adverse Postoperative Outcomes and Use of Processes of Care Among Residents of Ontario, Canada. JAMA Intern Med. 2023; :. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2023.0325. PubMed PMID:36972037 .
  2. Ladha, KS, Wijeysundera, DN, Wunsch, H, Clarke, H, Diep, C, Jivraj, N et al.. The association between opioid prescribing and opioid-related mortality within neighborhoods in Ontario, Canada: a case control study. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2022; :. doi: 10.15288/jsad.22-00170. PubMed PMID:36971756 .
  3. Azizi, PM, Wijeysundera, DN, Wijeysundera, HC, Austin, PC, Jerath, A, Kayssi, A et al.. Association Between Hospital Postoperative Troponin Use and Patient Outcomes After Vascular Surgery. Anesth Analg. 2023; :. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000006411. PubMed PMID:36913232 .
  4. Amado, LA, Wijeysundera, DN. Cardiac assessment and management in older surgical patients. Int Anesthesiol Clin. 2023;61 (2):1-7. doi: 10.1097/AIA.0000000000000393. PubMed PMID:36892982 .
  5. Jackson, AIR, Boney, O, Pearse, RM, Kurz, A, Cooper, DJ, van Klei, WA et al.. Systematic reviews and consensus definitions for the Standardised Endpoints in Perioperative Medicine (StEP) initiative: mortality, morbidity, and organ failure. Br J Anaesth. 2023;130 (4):404-411. doi: 10.1016/j.bja.2022.12.012. PubMed PMID:36697275 .
  6. Sankar, A, Thorpe, K, McIsaac, DI, Luo, J, Wijeysundera, DN, Gershon, AS et al.. Survival and health care costs after inpatient elective surgery: comparison of patients with and without chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. CMAJ. 2023;195 (2):E62-E71. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.220733. PubMed PMID:36649951 PubMed Central PMC9851642.
  7. Mistry, N, Hare, GMT, Shehata, N, Belley-Cote, E, Papa, F, Kramer, RS et al.. Transfusion Thresholds for Acute Coronary Syndromes-Insights From the TRICS-III Randomized Controlled Trial, Systematic Review, and Meta-Analysis. J Am Heart Assoc. 2023;12 (1):e028497. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.122.028497. PubMed PMID:36565203 PubMed Central PMC9973586.
  8. Diep, C, Goel, A, Wijeysundera, DN, Clarke, H, Ladha, KS. Co-use of cannabis and prescription opioids in adults in the USA: a population-based, cross-sectional analysis of the NHANES from 2009 to 2018. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2022; :. doi: 10.1136/rapm-2022-103933. PubMed PMID:36543390 .
  9. Jivraj, NK, Ladha, KS, Goel, A, Hill, A, Wijeysundera, DN, Bateman, BT et al.. Nonopioid Analgesic Prescriptions Filled after Surgery among Older Adults in Ontario, Canada: A Population-based Cohort Study. Anesthesiology. 2023;138 (2):195-207. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000004443. PubMed PMID:36512729 .
  10. Vachhani, K, Simpson, AN, Wijeysundera, DN, Clarke, H, Ladha, KS. Cannabis use among pregnant women under different legalization frameworks in the United States. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2022;48 (6):695-700. doi: 10.1080/00952990.2022.2136035. PubMed PMID:36443912 .
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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