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. 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; :. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201912-2503OC. PubMed PMID:32348694 .
  2. 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 .
  3. Detsky, ME, Jivraj, N, Adhikari, NK, Friedrich, JO, Pinto, R, Simel, DL et al.. Will This Patient Be Difficult to Intubate?: The Rational Clinical Examination Systematic Review. JAMA. 2019;321 (5):493-503. doi: 10.1001/jama.2018.21413. PubMed PMID:32207774 .
  4. 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; :. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2019.5875. PubMed PMID:32159738 .
  5. 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.
  6. Bethell, J, Neuman, MD, Bateman, BT, Hill, AD, Ladha, KS, Wijeysundera, DN et al.. Age and postoperative opioid prescriptions: a population-based cohort study of opioid-naïve adults. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2020;29 (4):504-509. doi: 10.1002/pds.4964. PubMed PMID:32056336 PubMed Central PMC7188586.
  7. Abdallah, FW, Wijeysundera, DN, Laupacis, A, Brull, R, Mocon, A, Hussain, N et al.. Subomohyoid Anterior Suprascapular Block versus Interscalene Block for Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery: A Multicenter Randomized Trial. Anesthesiology. 2020;132 (4):839-853. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000003132. PubMed PMID:32044802 .
  8. Jivraj, NK, Scales, DC, Gomes, T, Bethell, J, Hill, A, Pinto, R et al.. Evaluation of opioid discontinuation after non-orthopaedic surgery among chronic opioid users: a population-based cohort study. Br J Anaesth. 2020;124 (3):281-291. doi: 10.1016/j.bja.2019.12.006. PubMed PMID:32000975 PubMed Central PMC7024662.
  9. Jerath, A, Austin, PC, Ko, DT, Wijeysundera, HC, Fremes, S, McCormack, D et al.. Socioeconomic Status and Days Alive and Out of Hospital after Major Elective Noncardiac Surgery: A Population-based Cohort Study. Anesthesiology. 2020;132 (4):713-722. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000003123. PubMed PMID:31972656 .
  10. Jerath, A, Austin, PC, McCormack, D, Wijeysundera, DN. Impact of postoperative intensive care unit utilization on postoperative outcomes in adults undergoing major elective noncardiac surgery. J Clin Anesth. 2020;62 :109707. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinane.2020.109707. PubMed PMID:31951918 .
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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