Dr. Wijeysundera is a Staff Anesthesiologist at St. Michael’s Hospital, and a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Toronto. In addition, he is a Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, and a Senior Adjunct Scientist at ICES (formerly known as the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences) in Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Wijeysundera holds the Endowed Chair in Translational Anesthesiology Research at St. Michael’s Hospital and University of Toronto. His research program aims to better predict, prevent, and treat complications following major surgery. He leads important multicentre studies in perioperative medicine, including the completed METS study that compared approaches to assess preoperative functional capacity (>1400 participants at 25 international centres), as well as the ongoing FIT After Surgery study (>2000 participants recruited at 17 Canadian centres) that evaluates the incidence, predictors, and impact of significant postoperative disability in older adults. Dr. Wijeysundera’s program has generated more than 295 peer-reviewed publications and received more than $7.5 million in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and the Ontario government. Dr. Wijeysundera is an Associate Editor at Anesthesiology, and an Editorial Board member at the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia and Circulation.
MSc Graduate Student
Thesis: The impact of preoperative depressive symptoms on new functional impairment after major elective noncardiac surgery
Supervisors: Duminda Wijeysundera