Sunit Das


Scientist, Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science


Dr. Sunit Das is a Scientist in the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science and neurosurgeon at St.Michael’s Hospital. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. Das studied English Literature at the University of Michigan and Philosophy at Harvard University before moving to Chicago for medical school at Northwestern University. He completed a Doctor of Philosophy at the National Institutes of Health, where he studied the molecular processes that underly adult neurogenesis in the lab of Dr. ZuHang Sheng. He returned to Chicago for his neurosurgical residency, during which time he also began work on cancer stem cells in primary brain tumours in the lab of Dr. John Kessler. He was recruited to the University of Toronto in 2010. Dr. Das’s clinical practice and clinical research focus of the treatment of patients with tumours of the brain and spine. His laboratory at the Hospital for SickKids focuses on non-coding RNA and control of cell identity in glioblastoma and neural stem cells. He is a member of the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre at the Hospital for Sick Children, and faculty with the Institute of Medical Science and Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology.

Recent Publications

  1. Ong, T, Bharatha, A, Alsufayan, R, Das, S, Lin, AW. MRI predictors for brain invasion in meningiomas. Neuroradiol J. 2020; :1971400920953417. doi: 10.1177/1971400920953417. PubMed PMID:32924772 .
  2. Daigle, P, Mehta, S, Bhayana, R, Das, S, Bharatha, A, Nijhawan, N et al.. Seven-Year Follow-Up of a Patient With a Retained Needlefish Jaw Fragment Abutting Against His Left Internal Carotid Artery. J Neuroophthalmol. 2020; :. doi: 10.1097/WNO.0000000000001060. PubMed PMID:32868564 .
  3. Tseng, CL, Stewart, J, Whitfield, G, Verhoeff, JJC, Bovi, J, Soliman, H et al.. Glioma consensus contouring recommendations from a MR-Linac International Consortium Research Group and evaluation of a CT-MRI and MRI-only workflow. J. Neurooncol. 2020; :. doi: 10.1007/s11060-020-03605-6. PubMed PMID:32860571 .
  4. Harish, V, Morgado, F, Stern, AD, Das, S. Artificial Intelligence and Clinical Decision Making: The New Nature of Medical Uncertainty. Acad Med. 2020; :. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003707. PubMed PMID:32852320 .
  5. Garcia-Segura, ME, Erickson, AW, Jairath, R, Munoz, DG, Das, S. Necrosis and Brain Invasion Predict Radio-Resistance and Tumor Recurrence in Atypical Meningioma: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Neurosurgery. 2020; :. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyaa348. PubMed PMID:32818240 .
  6. Brenna, CTA, Das, S. Divides of identity in medicine and surgery: A review of duty-hour policy preference. Ann Med Surg (Lond). 2020;57 :1-4. doi: 10.1016/j.amsu.2020.07.006. PubMed PMID:32685142 PubMed Central PMC7358620.
  7. McCoy, LG, Nagaraj, S, Morgado, F, Harish, V, Das, S, Celi, LA et al.. What do medical students actually need to know about artificial intelligence?. NPJ Digit Med. 2020;3 :86. doi: 10.1038/s41746-020-0294-7. PubMed PMID:32577533 PubMed Central PMC7305136.
  8. Das, S. The ethics of neuro-oncology in the era of COVID-19: Lessons to be learned. Neuro-oncology. 2020; :. doi: 10.1093/neuonc/noaa134. PubMed PMID:32470110 PubMed Central PMC7313874.
  9. Katz, L, Woolman, M, Talbot, F, Amara-Belgadi, S, Wu, M, Tortorella, S et al.. Dual Laser and Desorption Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry Imaging Using the Same Interface. Anal. Chem. 2020;92 (9):6349-6357. doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.9b05340. PubMed PMID:32275820 .
  10. Erickson, AW, Brastianos, PK, Das, S. Assessment of Effectiveness and Safety of Osimertinib for Patients With Intracranial Metastatic Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3 (3):e201617. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.1617. PubMed PMID:32211870 PubMed Central PMC7097701.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Adjunct Scientist, Brain Tumour Research Centre, Hospital for Sick Children