Sunit Das

MD, PhD, MA, BA

Scientist

Biography

Sunit Das is a neurosurgeon and scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Kids, and Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He currently serves as the CNS Tumours Lead at Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario). 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 his doctoral studies in Neurobiology at the National Institutes of Health, where he studied the molecular processes that underlie 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 is focused on the care of patients with benign and malignant brain tumours. His laboratory in the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Centre at the Hospital for Sick Kids focuses on the molecular and genetic mechanisms that regulate cellular plasticity, fate specification and treatment resistance in glioblastoma. His research group at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute is focused on using real-world data and meta-analysis for knowledge translation. His work has been published in many high impact journals, including Nature, Nature Genetics, Cell Stem Cell, Cancer Cell, JAMA, JAMA Neurology, and the New England Journal of Medicine. In 2017, Dr. Das joined the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto. His work at the Centre for Ethics focuses on the interface of AI with medicine, issues that underlie professional identity in medical practice, and the ethics of surgical innovation. Dr. Das was recently named a Senior Fellow at Massey College.

Recent Publications

  1. Johnson, KC, Anderson, KJ, Courtois, ET, Gujar, AD, Barthel, FP, Varn, FS et al.. Single-cell multimodal glioma analyses identify epigenetic regulators of cellular plasticity and environmental stress response. Nat Genet. 2021;53 (10):1456-1468. doi: 10.1038/s41588-021-00926-8. PubMed PMID:34594038 .
  2. Feiner, H, Das, S, Turner, S, Turchin, K. Motherhood, medicine and cancer. CMAJ. 2021;193 (37):E1459-E1461. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.210901. PubMed PMID:34544784 PubMed Central PMC8476225.
  3. Myrehaug, S, Hudson, J, Soliman, H, Ruschin, M, Tseng, CL, Detsky, J et al.. Hypofractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy for Intact Brain Metastases in 5 Daily Fractions: Impact of Dose on Treatment Response. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2021; :. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2021.09.003. PubMed PMID:34537313 .
  4. Jabehdar Maralani, P, Tseng, CL, Baharjoo, H, Wong, E, Kapadia, A, Dasgupta, A et al.. The Initial Step Towards Establishing a Quantitative, Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Based Framework for Response Assessment of Spinal Metastases After Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy. Neurosurgery. 2021;89 (5):884-891. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyab310. PubMed PMID:34392364 .
  5. Brenna, CTA, Das, S. The Divided Principle of Justice: Ethical Decision-Making at Surge Capacity. Am J Bioeth. 2021;21 (8):37-39. doi: 10.1080/15265161.2021.1940358. PubMed PMID:34313571 .
  6. Ghannad-Zadeh, K, Das, S. One-Carbon Metabolism Associated Vulnerabilities in Glioblastoma: A Review. Cancers (Basel). 2021;13 (12):. doi: 10.3390/cancers13123067. PubMed PMID:34205450 PubMed Central PMC8235277.
  7. Woolman, M, Qiu, J, Kuzan-Fischer, CM, Ferry, I, Dara, D, Katz, L et al.. In situ tissue pathology from spatially encoded mass spectrometry classifiers visualized in real time through augmented reality. Chem Sci. 2020;11 (33):8723-8735. doi: 10.1039/d0sc02241a. PubMed PMID:34123126 PubMed Central PMC8163395.
  8. Erickson, AW, Habbous, S, Wright, F, Lofters, AK, Jerzak, KJ, Das, S et al.. Assessing the Association of Targeted Therapy and Intracranial Metastatic Disease. JAMA Oncol. 2021;7 (8):1220-1224. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2021.1600. PubMed PMID:34081080 PubMed Central PMC8176387.
  9. Verburg, N, Barthel, FP, Anderson, KJ, Johnson, KC, Koopman, T, Yaqub, MM et al.. Spatial concordance of DNA methylation classification in diffuse glioma. Neuro Oncol. 2021; :. doi: 10.1093/neuonc/noab134. PubMed PMID:34049406 .
  10. McCoy, LG, Brenna, C, Morgado, F, Chen, S, Das, S. Neuroethics, Neuroscience, and the Project of Human Self-Understanding. AJOB Neurosci. ;11 (3):207-209. doi: 10.1080/21507740.2020.1778127. PubMed PMID:34029491 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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