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 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.

Recent Publications

  1. Okubo, M, Schmicker, RH, Wallace, DJ, Idris, AH, Nichol, G, Austin, MA et al.. Variation in Survival After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Between Emergency Medical Services Agencies. JAMA Cardiol. 2018;3 (10):989-999. doi: 10.1001/jamacardio.2018.3037. PubMed PMID:30267053 PubMed Central PMC6233822.
  2. Lipowicz, AA, Cheskes, S, Gray, SH, Jeejeebhoy, F, Lee, J, Scales, DC et al.. Incidence, outcomes and guideline compliance of out-of-hospital maternal cardiac arrest resuscitations: A population-based cohort study. Resuscitation. 2018;132 :127-132. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2018.09.003. PubMed PMID:30201534 .
  3. Salcido, DD, Schmicker, RH, Kime, N, Buick, JE, Cheskes, S, Grunau, B et al.. Effects of intra-resuscitation antiarrhythmic administration on rearrest occurrence and intra-resuscitation ECG characteristics in the ROC ALPS trial. Resuscitation. 2018;129 :6-12. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2018.05.028. PubMed PMID:29803703 .
  4. Kurz, MC, Schmicker, RH, Leroux, B, Nichol, G, Aufderheide, TP, Cheskes, S et al.. Advanced vs. Basic Life Support in the Treatment of Out-of-Hospital Cardiopulmonary Arrest in the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium. Resuscitation. 2018;128 :132-137. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2018.04.031. PubMed PMID:29723609 .
  5. Hansen, M, Schmicker, RH, Newgard, CD, Grunau, B, Scheuermeyer, F, Cheskes, S et al.. Time to Epinephrine Administration and Survival From Nonshockable Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Among Children and Adults. Circulation. 2018;137 (19):2032-2040. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.117.033067. PubMed PMID:29511001 PubMed Central PMC5940513.
  6. 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 PubMed Central PMC5791528.
  7. Kwong, JL, Ross, G, Turner, L, Olynyk, C, Cheskes, S, Thurston, A et al.. Evaluation of a primary care paramedic STEMI bypass guideline. CJEM. 2018;20 (6):850-856. doi: 10.1017/cem.2017.415. PubMed PMID:29151401 .
  8. 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.
  9. 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 .
  10. 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 .
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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