16th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists

28 August - 2 September 2016
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Duminda Wijeysundera

Affiliation: Anesthesia University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada; Anesthesia and Pain Management Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Canada; Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada; Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Canada

Statement of expertise for the sub-committee: Perioperative medicine Preoperative risk stratification  

Link to department website: http://www.anesthesia.utoronto.ca/content/duminda-wijeysundera

Biography: Dr. Wijeysundera completed his MD at the University of British Columbia, followed by postgraduate training in anesthesiology and a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology, both at the University of Toronto. He is a Staff Anesthesiologist at the Toronto General Hospital, Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michaels Hospital, Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Dr. Wijeysunderas research program focuses on improving the prediction and prevention of major medical complications after surgery. Such complications are a major cause of morbidity and mortality following the 300 million surgical procedures that occur worldwide every year. Dr. Wijeysunderas research aims to reduce the risk and impact of these complications. His work has involved a range of methodologies, including randomized controlled trials, prospective cohort studies, systematic reviews, and health services research using administrative databases. Examples of his current projects include an multicentre study of 1723 patients in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK to improve how clinicians estimate patients physical fitness for surgery, as well as an evaluation of how variation in hospital care for surgical patients impacts on their outcomes after major surgery. With more than 130 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Wijeysunderas work has been published in leading medical journals, such as the Lancet, JAMA, BMJ, Circulation, Anesthesiology, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Annals of Internal Medicine, and JAMA Internal Medicine. Dr. Wijeysundera has also authored the chapter on Preoperative Evaluation in the 8th Edition of Millers Anesthesia, and is actively engaged in international practice guideline bodies. He participated in the preparation of the 2014 American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines on Perioperative Cardiovascular Evaluation and Care for Noncardiac Surgery – where he served as Chair of its Evidence Review Committee, as well as a member of its Writing Committee. He was appointed to the ACC/AHA Task Force on Practice Guidelines in 2014, which establishes overall policy, chooses individual topics for guidelines, and monitors existing guidelines to determine when revisions and focused updates are required.

Disclosure of Interest: None declared


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