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. Buick, JE, Drennan, IR, Scales, DC, Brooks, SC, Byers, A, Cheskes, S et al.. Improving Temporal Trends in Survival and Neurological Outcomes After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2018;11 (1):e003561. doi: 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.117.003561. PubMed PMID:29317455 .
  2. Kwong, JL, Ross, G, Turner, L, Olynyk, C, Cheskes, S, Thurston, A et al.. Evaluation of a primary care paramedic STEMI bypass guideline. CJEM. 2017; :1-7. doi: 10.1017/cem.2017.415. PubMed PMID:29151401 .
  3. Landry, CH, Allan, KS, Connelly, KA, Cunningham, K, Morrison, LJ, Dorian, P et al.. Sudden Cardiac Arrest during Participation in Competitive Sports. N. Engl. J. Med. 2017;377 (20):1943-1953. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1615710. PubMed PMID:29141175 PubMed Central PMC5726886.
  4. McLeod, SL, Brignardello-Petersen, R, Worster, A, You, J, Iansavichene, A, Guyatt, G et al.. Comparative effectiveness of antiarrhythmics for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: A systematic review and network meta-analysis. Resuscitation. 2017;121 :90-97. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.10.012. PubMed PMID:29037886 .
  5. Cheskes, S. High School CPR training: It's only an APP away!!. Resuscitation. 2017;120 :A9-A10. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.08.241. PubMed PMID:28974343 .
  6. Ho, EC, Cheskes, S, Angaran, P, Morrison, LJ, Aves, T, Zhan, C et al.. Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Implantation Rates After Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest: Are the Rates Guideline-Concordant?. Can J Cardiol. 2017;33 (10):1266-1273. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2017.05.013. PubMed PMID:28867265 .
  7. 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.
  8. 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 PubMed Central PMC5726234.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 .
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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