Sheldon Cheskes



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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 Associate 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.

Please note Dr. Cheskes will not be taking any summer students.

Recent Publications

  1. Leong, YC, Cheskes, S, Drennan, IR, Buick, JE, Latchmansingh, RG, Verbeek, PR et al.. Clinical considerations for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest management during COVID-19. Resusc Plus. 2020;4 :100027. doi: 10.1016/j.resplu.2020.100027. PubMed PMID:33403363 PubMed Central PMC7489886.
  2. Mody, P, Pandey, A, Slutsky, AS, Segar, MW, Kiss, A, Dorian, P et al.. Gender Based Differences in Outcomes among Resuscitated Patients with Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. Circulation. 2020; :. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.120.050427. PubMed PMID:33317326 .
  3. Drennan, IR, Dorian, P, McLeod, S, Pinto, R, Scales, DC, Turner, L et al.. DOuble SEquential External Defibrillation for Refractory Ventricular Fibrillation (DOSE VF): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2020;21 (1):977. doi: 10.1186/s13063-020-04904-z. PubMed PMID:33243277 PubMed Central PMC7689391.
  4. Pepe, PE, Aufderheide, TP, Lamhaut, L, Davis, DP, Lick, CJ, Polderman, KH et al.. Rationale and Strategies for Development of an Optimal Bundle of Management for Cardiac Arrest. Crit Care Explor. 2020;2 (10):e0214. doi: 10.1097/CCE.0000000000000214. PubMed PMID:33134932 PubMed Central PMC7566870.
  5. Cheskes, S, Drennan, IR. Refibrillation after defibrillation: The shocking truth. Resuscitation. 2020;157 :269-271. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2020.10.010. PubMed PMID:33080367 .
  6. Natarajan, MK, Wijeysundera, HC, Oakes, G, Cantor, WJ, Miner, SES, Welsford, M et al.. Early Observations During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Cardiac Catheterization Procedures for ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction Across Ontario. CJC Open. 2020;2 (6):678-683. doi: 10.1016/j.cjco.2020.07.015. PubMed PMID:32838257 PubMed Central PMC7376355.
  7. Leong, YC, Cheskes, S, Latchmansingh, RG, Buick, JE, Drennan, IR, Verbeek, PR et al.. Taipei Azalea: Another example of "MacGyver bias" during COVID-19 pandemic?. Resuscitation. 2020;154 :123-124. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2020.06.034. PubMed PMID:32652116 PubMed Central PMC7343647.
  8. Cheskes, S, McLeod, SL, Nolan, M, Snobelen, P, Vaillancourt, C, Brooks, SC et al.. Improving Access to Automated External Defibrillators in Rural and Remote Settings: A Drone Delivery Feasibility Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2020;9 (14):e016687. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.120.016687. PubMed PMID:32627636 PubMed Central PMC7660725.
  9. Lane, DJ, Wunsch, H, Saskin, R, Cheskes, S, Lin, S, Morrison, LJ et al.. Correction to: Epidemiology and patient predictors of infection and sepsis in the prehospital setting. Intensive Care Med. 2020;46 (8):1667-1669. doi: 10.1007/s00134-020-06164-6. PubMed PMID:32607681 .
  10. Netherton, SJ, Leach, A, Bryce, R, Hillier, T, Cheskes, S, Woods, R et al.. Impact of Pit-Crew Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation on Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in Saskatoon. J Emerg Med. 2020;59 (3):384-391. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2020.05.010. PubMed PMID:32593578 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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