Sheldon Cheskes


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Research Programs


Dr. Sheldon Cheskes is the Medical Director, Regions of Halton and Peel, Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine. Dr. Cheskes graduated from the University Of Toronto School Of Medicine in 1984 and served as Divisional Chief, Emergency Medicine Peel Memorial Hospital from 1986-2006. He has an academic appointment as an Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto. He has a research appointment as a scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michaels Hospital, University of Toronto. He is the CO PI for the Toronto site of the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC) as well as co-chair of the ROC study monitoring committee. Dr. Cheskes is recognized as an authority in the area of CPR quality and has spoken and published extensively in the area of cardiac arrest resuscitation. His other research interests include prehospital airway management and prehospital systems of myocardial infarction care.

Recent Publications

  1. Lee, M, Demirtas, D, Buick, JE, Feldman, MJ, Cheskes, S, Morrison, LJ et al.. Increased cardiac arrest survival and bystander intervention in enclosed pedestrian walkway systems. Resuscitation. 2017;118 :1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.06.013. PubMed PMID:28655622 PubMed Central PMC5559323.
  2. Brooks, SC, Schmicker, RH, Cheskes, S, Christenson, J, Craig, A, Daya, M et al.. Variability in the initiation of resuscitation attempts by emergency medical services personnel during out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2017;117 :102-108. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.06.009. PubMed PMID:28624594 .
  3. McLeod, SL, Iansavichene, A, Cheskes, S. Remote Ischemic Perconditioning to Reduce Reperfusion Injury During Acute ST-Segment-Elevation Myocardial Infarction: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Am Heart Assoc. 2017;6 (5):. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.117.005522. PubMed PMID:28515120 PubMed Central PMC5524098.
  4. Cheskes, S, Byers, A, Zhan, C, Verbeek, PR, Ko, D, Drennan, IR et al.. Reply to: Performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation during ambulance transport: Safety and efficacy. Resuscitation. 2017;116 :e17. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.04.034. PubMed PMID:28476477 .
  5. Cheskes, S, Schmicker, RH, Rea, T, Morrison, LJ, Grunau, B, Drennan, IR et al.. The association between AHA CPR quality guideline compliance and clinical outcomes from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2017;116 :39-45. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.05.003. PubMed PMID:28476474 .
  6. Salcido, DD, Schmicker, RH, Buick, JE, Cheskes, S, Grunau, B, Kudenchuk, P et al.. Compression-to-ventilation ratio and incidence of rearrest-A secondary analysis of the ROC CCC trial. Resuscitation. 2017;115 :68-74. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.04.007. PubMed PMID:28392369 .
  7. Boutilier, JJ, Brooks, SC, Janmohamed, A, Byers, A, Buick, JE, Zhan, C et al.. Optimizing a Drone Network to Deliver Automated External Defibrillators. Circulation. 2017;135 (25):2454-2465. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.116.026318. PubMed PMID:28254836 PubMed Central PMC5516537.
  8. Cheskes, S, Byers, A, Zhan, C, Verbeek, PR, Ko, D, Drennan, IR et al.. CPR quality during out-of-hospital cardiac arrest transport. Resuscitation. 2017;114 :34-39. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.02.016. PubMed PMID:28242210 .
  9. Morrison, LJ, Devlin, SM, Kontos, MC, Cheskes, S, Aufderheide, TP, Christenson, J et al.. The association of maximum Troponin values post out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with electrocardiographic findings, cardiac reperfusion procedures and survival to discharge: A sub-study of ROC PRIMED. Resuscitation. 2017;111 :82-89. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2016.12.004. PubMed PMID:27988273 .
  10. Ko, DT, Qiu, F, Koh, M, Dorian, P, Cheskes, S, Austin, PC et al.. Factors associated with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with pulseless electric activity: A population-based study. Am. Heart J. 2016;177 :129-37. doi: 10.1016/j.ahj.2016.04.018. PubMed PMID:27297858 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Medical Director, Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine