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. Bhatia, A, Bril, V, Brull, RT, Perruccio, AV, Wijeysundera, DN, Lau, J et al.. Analgesic effect of perineural local anesthetics, steroids, and conventional medical management for trauma and compression-related peripheral neuropathic pain: a retrospective cohort study. Pain Rep. ;6 (2):e945. doi: 10.1097/PR9.0000000000000945. PubMed PMID:34278164 PubMed Central PMC8280075.
  2. Kaster, TS, Vigod, SN, Gomes, T, Sutradhar, R, Wijeysundera, DN, Blumberger, DM et al.. Risk of serious medical events in patients with depression treated with electroconvulsive therapy: a propensity score-matched, retrospective cohort study. Lancet Psychiatry. 2021;8 (8):686-695. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(21)00168-1. PubMed PMID:34265274 .
  3. Hanley, C, Wijeysundera, DN. Perioperative risk assessment - focus on functional capacity. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2021;34 (3):309-316. doi: 10.1097/ACO.0000000000000988. PubMed PMID:33935179 .
  4. Diep, C, Bhat, V, Wijeysundera, DN, Clarke, HA, Ladha, KS. The Association between Recent Cannabis Use and Suicidal Ideation in Adults: A Population-based Analysis of the NHANES from 2005 to 2018: L'association Entre L'utilisation Récente de Cannabis et L'idéation Suicidaire Chez les Adultes: Une Analyse Dans la Population de la NHANES de 2005 à 2018. Can J Psychiatry. 2021; :706743721996112. doi: 10.1177/0706743721996112. PubMed PMID:33641436 .
  5. Kaster, TS, Vigod, SN, Gomes, T, Wijeysundera, DN, Blumberger, DM, Sutradhar, R et al.. A practical overview and decision tool for analyzing recurrent events in mental illness: A review. J Psychiatr Res. 2021;137 :7-13. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2021.02.031. PubMed PMID:33636563 .
  6. Jerath, A, Wijeysundera, DN. The authors respond to: "Delayed discharge and frailty, delirium and functional decline". CMAJ. 2021;193 (6):E222. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.78050. PubMed PMID:33558411 PubMed Central PMC7954550.
  7. Ramos, RJ, Ladha, KS, Cuthbertson, BH, Shulman, MA, Myles, PS, Wijeysundera, DN et al.. Association of six-minute walk test distance with postoperative complications in non-cardiac surgery: a secondary analysis of a multicentre prospective cohort study. Can J Anaesth. 2021;68 (4):514-529. doi: 10.1007/s12630-020-01909-9. PubMed PMID:33442834 PubMed Central PMC7932965.
  8. Hernández, A, Viñals, M, Pablos, A, Vilás, F, Papadakos, PJ, Wijeysundera, DN et al.. Ozone therapy for patients with COVID-19 pneumonia: Preliminary report of a prospective case-control study. Int Immunopharmacol. 2021;90 :107261. doi: 10.1016/j.intimp.2020.107261. PubMed PMID:33310665 PubMed Central PMC7833586.
  9. Jerath, A, Sutherland, J, Austin, PC, Ko, DT, Wijeysundera, HC, Fremes, S et al.. Delayed discharge after major surgical procedures in Ontario, Canada: a population-based cohort study. CMAJ. 2020;192 (46):E1440-E1452. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.200068. PubMed PMID:33199451 PubMed Central PMC7683004.
  10. Tylee, MJ, Rubenfeld, GD, Wijeysundera, D, Sklar, MC, Hussain, S, Adhikari, NKJ et al.. Anesthesiologist to Patient Communication: A Systematic Review. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3 (11):e2023503. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.23503. PubMed PMID:33180130 PubMed Central PMC7662141.
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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