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Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy, MBBS, CCFP-EM, MSc
613-998-5555 x17023

Iris Nguyen
Research Coordinator
613-798-5555 x17766

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Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy

Senior Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine
University of Ottawa
Emergency Physician, Emergency Department
The Ottawa Hospital
Tier-1 Clinical Research Chair in Cardiovascular Emergencies
University of Ottawa
Mid-Career Clinical Researcher
Physicians’ Services Incorporated Foundation

Research Interests

  1. Risk-stratification and standardization of syncope and presyncope care in the emergency and pre-hospital setting
  2. Health services resource utilization for cardiovascular emergencies, specifically syncope and chest pain
  3. Artificial intelligence and machine learning for predicting serious outcomes.
  4. Comparing artificial intelligence prediction to traditional statistical methods.
  5. Remote/Virtual (out-of-hospital) monitoring of vital signs and cardiac rhythm of at-risk patients (COVID-19 positive, or syncope)
  6. Optimizing the Diagnosis of Acute Myocardial Infarction/Injury in Women

Brief Biography

Dr. Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy is internationally recognized in syncope and presyncope research. He is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa as well a Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He completed his Master's in Epidemiology in addition to a Research Fellowship, and mentors Master's and postdoctoral students. He has established one of the largest programs on ED syncope and presyncope.

He has held important roles in advancing syncope research and has established collaborations both nationally and internationally. He was invited by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society to be a writing panel member for the position paper on syncope. Some of his previous roles include co-chair of an international panel for standardized reporting guidelines for syncope, a scientific committee member for the first International Workshop for establishing future research priorities in syncope, and lead investigator for the projects on pre-hospital and emergency syncope care submitted by the Canadian Arrhythmia Network to the Networks of Centers of Excellence program. Dr. Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy is a founding member of the Canadian Syncope Alliance, a national collaboration aiming to improve syncope care in Canada.

Selected Publications

Top 5 Publications:

Thiruganasambandamoorthy V, Sivilotti M, Le Sage N, Yan J, Huang P, Hegdekar M, Mercier E, Mukarram M, Nemnom MJ, McRae A, Rowe B, Stiell I, Wells GA, Krahn AD, Taljaard M. Multicenter Prospective Validation of the Canadian Syncope Risk Score. JAMA Intern Med. 2020;180(5):737-744. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.0288

Thiruganasambandamoorthy V, McRae AD, Rowe BH, Sivilotti M, Mukarram M, Nemnom MJ, Booth R, Calder L, Stiell I, Wells GA, Taljaard M. Does NT-proBNP improve the Risk-Stratification of Emergency Department Patients with Syncope? Annals of Internal Medicine (Impact factor: 19.32). 19 May 2020, 172(10): 648-655.

Thiruganasambandamoorthy V, Rowe BH, Sivilottie MLA, McRae AD, Arcot K, Nemnom M, Huang L, Mukarram M, Krahn AD, Wells GA, Taljaard M. Duration of Electrocardiographic Monitoring of Emergency Department Patients With Syncope. Circulation Journal, 2019 (139). doi:10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.118.036088

Thiruganasambandamoorthy V, Kwong K, Wells GA, Sivilotti MLA, Mukarram MA, Rowe BH, Lang E, Perry JJ, Sheldon R, Stiell IG, Taljaard M. 2016. Development of the Canadian Syncope Risk Score to predict serious adverse events after emergency department assessment of syncope. Canadian Medical Association Journal,188(12): E289-98. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.151469.

Syed S, Gatien M, Perry JJ, Chaudry H, Kim S-M, Kwong K, Mukarram M, Thiruganasambandamoorthy V. 2017. Prospective Validation of a Clinical Decision Rule to Identify Emergency Department Chest Pain Patients Who Can Safely be removed from Cardiac Monitoring: The Ottawa Chest Pain Cardiac Monitoring Rule. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 189(4): E139-E145. doi:

Diseases, conditions and populations of interest

Research and clinical approaches