Duminda 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 an Associate 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 in 2019

Recent Publications

  1. Jerath, A, Austin, PC, Wijeysundera, DN. Days Alive and Out of Hospital: Validation of a Patient-centered Outcome for Perioperative Medicine. Anesthesiology. 2019; :. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000002701. PubMed PMID:31094760 .
  2. Abbott, TEF, Pearse, RM, Beattie, WS, Phull, M, Beilstein, C, Raj, A et al.. Chronotropic incompetence and myocardial injury after noncardiac surgery: planned secondary analysis of a prospective observational international cohort study. Br J Anaesth. 2019; :. doi: 10.1016/j.bja.2019.03.022. PubMed PMID:31029407 .
  3. Wijeysundera, DN, Cuthbertson, BH, Pearse, RM, Myles, PS, METS Study Investigators. Functional capacity and preoperative risk evaluation - Authors' reply. Lancet. 2019;393 (10181):1593-1594. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)33070-8. PubMed PMID:31007196 .
  4. 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:30721300 .
  5. Fleisher, LA, Beckman, JA, Wijeysundera, DN. Does Following Perioperative Cardiovascular Evaluation Guidelines Increase Perioperative Costs?. Anesth. Analg. 2019;128 (2):202-203. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000003912. PubMed PMID:30649041 .
  6. Edwards, MR, Forbes, G, MacDonald, N, Berdunov, V, Mihaylova, B, Dias, P et al.. Optimisation of Perioperative Cardiovascular Management to Improve Surgical Outcome II (OPTIMISE II) trial: study protocol for a multicentre international trial of cardiac output-guided fluid therapy with low-dose inotrope infusion compared with usual care in patients undergoing major elective gastrointestinal surgery. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (1):e023455. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023455. PubMed PMID:30647034 PubMed Central PMC6341180.
  7. Jones, PM, Allen, BN, Cherry, RA, Dubois, L, Vogt, KN, Shariff, SZ et al.. Association between known or strongly suspected malignant hyperthermia susceptibility and postoperative outcomes: an observational population-based study. Can J Anaesth. 2019;66 (2):161-181. doi: 10.1007/s12630-018-1250-8. PubMed PMID:30421146 .
  8. O'Leary, JD, Janus, M, Duku, E, Wijeysundera, DN, To, T, Li, P et al.. Influence of Surgical Procedures and General Anesthesia on Child Development Before Primary School Entry Among Matched Sibling Pairs. JAMA Pediatr. 2019;173 (1):29-36. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.3662. PubMed PMID:30398535 .
  9. Massouh, F, Martin, R, Chan, B, Ma, J, Patel, V, Geary, MP et al.. Is Activity Tracker-Measured Ambulation an Accurate and Reliable Determinant of Postoperative Quality of Recovery? A Prospective Cohort Validation Study. Anesth. Analg. 2018; :. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000003913. PubMed PMID:30379677 .
  10. Goligher, EC, Tomlinson, G, Hajage, D, Wijeysundera, DN, Fan, E, Jüni, P et al.. Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for Severe Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and Posterior Probability of Mortality Benefit in a Post Hoc Bayesian Analysis of a Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2018;320 (21):2251-2259. doi: 10.1001/jama.2018.14276. PubMed PMID:30347031 .
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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, Department of Anesthesia, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Adjunct Scientist, ICES Central