Duminda N. Wijeysundera


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


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 Anesthesia and the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, as well as an 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 195 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 a member of the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines, and a member of the editorial boards of Circulation, Anesthesiology, and the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.

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

Recent Publications

  1. May, SM, Abbott, TEF, Del Arroyo, AG, Reyes, A, Martir, G, Stephens, RCM et al.. MicroRNA signatures of perioperative myocardial injury after elective noncardiac surgery: prospective observational mechanistic cohort study. Br J Anaesth. 2020; :. doi: 10.1016/j.bja.2020.05.066. PubMed PMID:32718726 .
  2. Riedel, B, Li, MH, Lee, CHA, Ismail, H, Cuthbertson, BH, Wijeysundera, DN et al.. A simplified (modified) Duke Activity Status Index (M-DASI) to characterise functional capacity: a secondary analysis of the Measurement of Exercise Tolerance before Surgery (METS) study. Br J Anaesth. 2020; :. doi: 10.1016/j.bja.2020.06.016. PubMed PMID:32690247 .
  3. Bethell, J, Neuman, MD, Bateman, BT, Ladha, KS, Hill, A, Li, G et al.. Association between mothers' postoperative opioid prescriptions and opioid-related events in their children: A population-based cohort study. Health Rep. 2020;31 (6):12-19. doi: 10.25318/82-003-x202000600002-eng. PubMed PMID:32672924 .
  4. Kaster, TS, Blumberger, DM, Gomes, T, Sutradhar, R, Dasklakis, ZJ, Wijeysundera, DN et al.. Patient-level Characteristics and Inequitable Access to Inpatient Electroconvulsive Therapy for Depression: A Population-based Cross-sectional Study: Caractéristiques au niveau du patient et accès inéquitable à la thérapie électroconvulsive pour patients hospitalisés. Can J Psychiatry. 2020; :706743720935647. doi: 10.1177/0706743720935647. PubMed PMID:32613857 .
  5. Sankar, A, Thorpe, KE, Gershon, AS, Granton, JT, Wijeysundera, DN. Association of preoperative spirometry with cardiopulmonary fitness and postoperative outcomes in surgical patients: A multicentre prospective cohort study. EClinicalMedicine. 2020;23 :100396. doi: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2020.100396. PubMed PMID:32529180 PubMed Central PMC7280772.
  6. Diep, C, Wong, D, Wijeysundera, DN, Katz, J, Clarke, HA, Ladha, KS et al.. The association between patient-reported pain scores and physical activity in the postoperative period: A prospective observational study. J Clin Anesth. 2020;66 :109916. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinane.2020.109916. PubMed PMID:32485540 .
  7. Wunsch, H, Hill, AD, Fu, L, Fowler, RA, Wang, HT, Gomes, T et al.. New Opioid Use after Invasive Mechanical Ventilation and Hospital Discharge. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2020;202 (4):568-575. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201912-2503OC. PubMed PMID:32348694 PubMed Central PMC7427379.
  8. Jivraj, NK, Raghavji, F, Bethell, J, Wijeysundera, DN, Ladha, KS, Bateman, BT et al.. Persistent Postoperative Opioid Use: A Systematic Literature Search of Definitions and Population-based Cohort Study. Anesthesiology. 2020;132 (6):1528-1539. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000003265. PubMed PMID:32243330 .
  9. Zhang, DDQ, Dossa, F, Arora, A, Cusimano, MC, Speller, B, Little, T et al.. Recommendations for the Prescription of Opioids at Discharge After Abdominopelvic Surgery: A Systematic Review. JAMA Surg. 2020;155 (5):420-429. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2019.5875. PubMed PMID:32159738 .
  10. Neuman, MD, Hennessy, S, Small, DS, Newcomb, C, Gaskins, L, Brensinger, CM et al.. Drug Enforcement Agency 2014 Hydrocodone Rescheduling Rule and Opioid Dispensing after Surgery. Anesthesiology. 2020;132 (5):1151-1164. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000003188. PubMed PMID:32101973 PubMed Central PMC7160003.
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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