Arthur S. Slutsky

MD, M.A.Sc., B.A.Sc.



My major research interests relate to the lung injury caused by mechanical ventilation: so called ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI). Specifically, my lab is working on (1) biotrauma: the molecular mechanisms by which injurious forms of mechanical ventilation can lead to release of mediators; (2) the mechanisms by which these mediators can affect distal organs (e.g. kidney, liver, etc.) and lead to multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS); and (3) therapeutic approaches (ventilatory and non-ventilatory) to mitigate VILI and biotrauma. My laboratory makes use of a number of model systems including in vitro, ex vivo cell and various animal models. As well, I have an interest in clinical trials related to mechanical ventilation, acute lung injury (ALI) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).


Recent Publications

  1. Montandon, G, Slutsky, AS. Solving the Opioid Crisis: Respiratory Depression by Opioids as Critical End Point. Chest. 2019; :. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2019.05.015. PubMed PMID:31194974 .
  2. Slutsky, AS, Villar, J. Early Paralytic Agents for ARDS? Yes, No, and Sometimes. N. Engl. J. Med. 2019;380 (21):2061-2063. doi: 10.1056/NEJMe1905627. PubMed PMID:31112382 .
  3. Goligher, EC, Tomlinson, G, Slutsky, AS. Post Hoc Bayesian Analyses-Reply. JAMA. 2019;321 (16):1632-1633. doi: 10.1001/jama.2019.1202. PubMed PMID:31012927 .
  4. Zhang, H, Li, Y, Slutsky, AS. Precision medicine for cell therapy in acute respiratory distress syndrome. Lancet Respir Med. 2019;7 (4):e13. doi: 10.1016/S2213-2600(19)30089-X. PubMed PMID:30926050 .
  5. Del Sorbo, L, Hubmayr, R, Slutsky, AS. Mechanical Ventilation in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Time Heals All Wounds, or Does It?. Anesthesiology. 2019;130 (5):680-682. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000002671. PubMed PMID:30870162 .
  6. Abrams, D, Ferguson, ND, Brochard, L, Fan, E, Mercat, A, Combes, A et al.. ECMO for ARDS: from salvage to standard of care?. Lancet Respir Med. 2019;7 (2):108-110. doi: 10.1016/S2213-2600(18)30506-X. PubMed PMID:30642778 .
  7. Dufresne, J, Bowden, P, Thavarajah, T, Florentinus-Mefailoski, A, Chen, ZZ, Tucholska, M et al.. The plasma peptides of ovarian cancer. Clin Proteomics. 2018;15 :41. doi: 10.1186/s12014-018-9215-z. PubMed PMID:30598658 PubMed Central PMC6302491.
  8. Dufresne, J, Bowden, P, Thavarajah, T, Florentinus-Mefailoski, A, Chen, ZZ, Tucholska, M et al.. The plasma peptidome. Clin Proteomics. 2018;15 :39. doi: 10.1186/s12014-018-9211-3. PubMed PMID:30519149 PubMed Central PMC6271647.
  9. Pham, T, Serpa Neto, A, Pelosi, P, Laffey, JG, De Haro, C, Lorente, JA et al.. Outcomes of Patients Presenting with Mild Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Insights from the LUNG SAFE Study. Anesthesiology. 2019;130 (2):263-283. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000002508. PubMed PMID:30499850 .
  10. Boyle, AJ, Sklar, MC, McNamee, JJ, Brodie, D, Slutsky, AS, Brochard, L et al.. Extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal for lowering the risk of mechanical ventilation: research questions and clinical potential for the future. Lancet Respir Med. 2018;6 (11):874-884. doi: 10.1016/S2213-2600(18)30326-6. PubMed PMID:30484429 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Scientist, Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Keenan Chair in Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Professor, Departments of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering and Surgery, University of Toronto
  • Chair, Clinical Trials Ontario