Duminda N. Wijeysundera




Dr. Duminda Wijeysundera is a Staff Physician in the Department of Anesthesia at St. Michael’s Hospital, a Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital, and the Endowed Chair in Translational Anesthesiology Research at St. Michael’s Hospital and University of Toronto. He is also a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, as well as a Senior Adjunct Scientist at ICES Central. Dr. Wijeysundera’s research program focuses on developing methods to better predict and prevent medical complications following major surgery. His program has generated more than 250 peer-reviewed publications, and received more than $5 million in peer-reviewed funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and the Ontario government. In addition to his research activities, Dr. Wijeysundera is an Associate Editor at Anesthesiology, and a member of the editorial boards of Circulation and the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.

Please note: Dr. Wijeysundera is not taking any summer students.

Recent Publications

  1. Vives, M, Karkouti, K, Rao, V, Chan, CT, Wijeysundera, DN. Acute kidney injury after cardiac surgery: Sustained low efficiency compared to continuous renal replacement therapy. J Clin Anesth. 2022;77 :110642. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinane.2021.110642. PubMed PMID:34954555 .
  2. Kerzner, J, Liu, H, Demchenko, I, Sussman, D, Wijeysundera, DN, Kennedy, SH et al.. Stellate Ganglion Block for Psychiatric Disorders: A Systematic Review of the Clinical Research Landscape. Chronic Stress (Thousand Oaks). ;5 :24705470211055176. doi: 10.1177/24705470211055176. PubMed PMID:34901677 PubMed Central PMC8664306.
  3. Diep, C, Tian, C, Vachhani, K, Won, C, Wijeysundera, DN, Clarke, H et al.. Recent cannabis use and nightly sleep duration in adults: a population analysis of the NHANES from 2005 to 2018. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2022;47 (2):100-104. doi: 10.1136/rapm-2021-103161. PubMed PMID:34873024 .
  4. Hanley, C, Ladha, KS, Clarke, HA, Cuthbertson, BC, Wijeysundera, DN, METS Study Investigators et al.. Association of postoperative complications with persistent post-surgical pain: a multicentre prospective cohort study. Br J Anaesth. 2022;128 (2):311-320. doi: 10.1016/j.bja.2021.10.027. PubMed PMID:34872718 .
  5. Mistry, N, Shehata, N, Carmona, P, Bolliger, D, Hu, R, Carrier, FM et al.. Restrictive versus liberal transfusion in patients with diabetes undergoing cardiac surgery: An open-label, randomized, blinded outcome evaluation trial. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2021; :. doi: 10.1111/dom.14591. PubMed PMID:34747087 .
  6. Neuman, MD, Feng, R, Carson, JL, Gaskins, LJ, Dillane, D, Sessler, DI et al.. Spinal Anesthesia or General Anesthesia for Hip Surgery in Older Adults. N Engl J Med. 2021;385 (22):2025-2035. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa2113514. PubMed PMID:34623788 .
  7. Nagore, D, Candela, A, Bürge, M, Monedero, P, Tamayo, E, Alvarez, J et al.. Corrigendum to "Corrigendum to Hydroxyethyl starch and acute kidney injury in high-risk patients undergoing cardiac surgery: A prospective multicenter study" [J Clin Anesth 2021 Oct;73:110367]. J Clin Anesth. 2021;75 :110436. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinane.2021.110436. PubMed PMID:34509966 .
  8. Wijeysundera, DN, McCluskey, SA. Normal Saline for Kidney Transplantation Surgery: Less Is More. Anesthesiology. 2021;135 (4):564-567. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000003948. PubMed PMID:34499144 .
  9. Ladha, KS, Mistry, N, Wijeysundera, DN, Clarke, H, Verma, S, Hare, GMT et al.. Recent cannabis use and myocardial infarction in young adults: a cross-sectional study. CMAJ. 2021;193 (35):E1377-E1384. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.202392. PubMed PMID:34493564 PubMed Central PMC8443297.
  10. Ladha, KS, Wijeysundera, DN, Wunsch, H, Clarke, H, Diep, C, Gomes, T et al.. The association between prescription opioid dispensing and opioid-related morbidity and mortality in Ontario, Canada: an ecological study of public health units. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2021;227 :108989. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.108989. PubMed PMID:34482045 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Professor, Department of Anesthesia and Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • Staff Physician, Department of Anesthesia, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Adjunct Scientist, ICES Central