Duminda Wijeysundera


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Duminda Wijeysundera is an Anesthesiologist and Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. He is an Associate Professor in both the Department of Anesthesia and the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He also holds appointments as a Staff Anesthesiologist at Toronto General Hospital and as an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Dr. Wijeysundera’s research program focuses on developing methods to reduce risks of medical complications following major noncardiac surgery, and evaluating the impact of variation in perioperative processes-of-care on surgical outcomes. His research, which has resulted in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, has implemented a range of methodologies including prospective cohort studies, randomized controlled trials, and health services research. Dr. Wijeysundera holds a Canadian Institute of Health Research New Investigator Award, while his research program has been supported by the CIHR, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, and Ontario Academic Health Sciences Centres Innovation Fund. 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 is Co-Chair of the Choosing Wisely Canada initiative of the Canadian Anesthesiologists Society.

Please note: Dr. Wijeysundera is not taking any summer students in 2018.

Recent Publications

  1. Johnson, SR, Hakami, N, Ahmad, Z, Wijeysundera, DN. Venous Thromboembolism in Systemic Sclerosis: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Effect on Survival. J. Rheumatol. 2018; :. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.170268. PubMed PMID:29657152 .
  2. Bartoszko, J, Wijeysundera, DN, Karkouti, K, Callum, J, Rao, V, Crowther, M et al.. Comparison of Two Major Perioperative Bleeding Scores for Cardiac Surgery Trials: Universal Definition of Perioperative Bleeding in Cardiac Surgery and European Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Bleeding Severity Grade. Anesthesiology. 2018; :. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000002179. PubMed PMID:29543629 .
  3. Duncan, D, Sankar, A, Beattie, WS, Wijeysundera, DN. Alpha-2 adrenergic agonists for the prevention of cardiac complications among adults undergoing surgery. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2018;3 :CD004126. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD004126.pub3. PubMed PMID:29509957 .
  4. Jones, PM, Cherry, RA, Allen, BN, Jenkyn, KMB, Shariff, SZ, Flier, S et al.. Association Between Handover of Anesthesia Care and Adverse Postoperative Outcomes Among Patients Undergoing Major Surgery. JAMA. 2018;319 (2):143-153. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.20040. PubMed PMID:29318277 PubMed Central PMC5833659.
  5. Ge, Y, Ha, ACT, Atzema, CL, Abdel-Qadir, HM, Fang, J, Austin, PC et al.. Association of Atrial Fibrillation and Oral Anticoagulant Use With Perioperative Outcomes After Major Noncardiac Surgery. J Am Heart Assoc. 2017;6 (12):. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.117.006022. PubMed PMID:29233826 PubMed Central PMC5778996.
  6. McIsaac, DI, Huang, A, Wong, CA, Wijeysundera, DN, Bryson, GL, van Walraven, C et al.. Effect of Preoperative Geriatric Evaluation on Outcomes After Elective Surgery: A Population-Based Study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017;65 (12):2665-2672. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15100. PubMed PMID:28971482 .
  7. McIsaac, DI, Wijeysundera, DN, Huang, A, Bryson, GL, van Walraven, C. Association of Hospital-level Neuraxial Anesthesia Use for Hip Fracture Surgery with Outcomes: A Population-based Cohort Study. Anesthesiology. 2018;128 (3):480-491. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000001899. PubMed PMID:28968275 .
  8. Bartoszko, J, Vorobeichik, L, Jayarajah, M, Karkouti, K, Klein, AA, Lamy, A et al.. Defining clinically important perioperative blood loss and transfusion for the Standardised Endpoints for Perioperative Medicine (StEP) collaborative: a protocol for a scoping review. BMJ Open. 2017;7 (6):e016743. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016743. PubMed PMID:28667227 PubMed Central PMC5726101.
  9. Wijeysundera, DN. Precise mathematics yet hazy predictions: Can validated risk indices help improve patient selection for major elective surgery?. Can J Anaesth. 2017;64 (9):893-898. doi: 10.1007/s12630-017-0910-4. PubMed PMID:28623499 .
  10. Gillies, MA, Sander, M, Shaw, A, Wijeysundera, DN, Myburgh, J, Aldecoa, C et al.. Current research priorities in perioperative intensive care medicine. Intensive Care Med. 2017;43 (9):1173-1186. doi: 10.1007/s00134-017-4848-3. PubMed PMID:28597121 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia and Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • Staff Physician, Anesthesia and Pain Management, Toronto General Hospital & University Health Network
  • Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences