Dr. Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy MBBS, CCFP-EM, M.Sc


Dr. Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy MBBS, CCFP-EM, M.Sc
Associate Professor


Room: Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine; School of Epidemiology & Public Health, University of Ottawa, Emergency Physician; Emergency Department, The Ottawa Hospital

Twitter: @Teamvenk

Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy


Medical School

  • Chengelpet Medical College,The TamilNadu Dr. M.G.R Medical University, Chennai, TamilNadu, India (1994)


  • Emergency Medicine, Western University (2004)
  • MSc and Research Fellowship, University of Ottawa

University Appointment

  • Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine; School of Epidemiology & Public Health, University of Ottawa

Formal Roles in the Department

  • 2015-2019: Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • 2013-2017: Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventative Medicine, University of Ottawa
  • 2011-2017: Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa
  • 2012-2015: Associate Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Personal Interests

  • History of the world, Inspirational leaders, and human behaviour

Personal Philosophy or Quotes

Quotes from Robert G. Ingersoll that sum up the essence of my life:

  • Give every other human being every right you claim for yourself
  • With every drop of my blood I hate and execrate every form of tyranny and dictation. I believe in liberty, equality and love


  • Sandhu RK, Raj SR, Thiruganasambandamoorthy V, Kaul P, Morillo CA, Krahn AD, Guzman JC, Sheldon RS. Canadian Cardiovascular Society Position Statement on Recent International Guidelines on the Assessment and Management of Syncope. Canadian Journal of Cardiology. July 02, 2020; 36: 1167-1177
  • 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. 19 May 2020, 172(10): 648-655
  • 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.
  • Thiruganasambandamoorthy V, Stiell IG, Chaudry H, Mukarram M, Booth RA, Toarta C, Hebert G, Beanlands RS, Wells GA, Nemnom M-J, Taljaard M. Use of Conventional Cardiac Troponin Assay for Diagnosis of Non-ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction: ‘The Ottawa Troponin Pathway’. PLOS ONE. Jan 10, 2020;15(1)
  • Stiell I, Sivilotti M, Taljaard M, Birnie D, Vadeboncoeur A, Hohl C, McRae A, Rowe, B, Brison R, Thiruganasambandamoorthy V, Macle L, Borgundvaag B, Morris J, Mercier E, Clement C, Brinkhurst J, Sheehan C, Brown E, Nemnom MJ, Wells G, Perry J. A Randomized, Controlled Comparison of Electrical versus Pharmacological Cardioversion for Emergency Department Patients with Acute Atrial Fibrillation: The RAFF2 Trial. The Lancet. Feb 1, 2020;395(10221):339-349
  • Thiruganasambandamoorthy V, Rowe BH, Sivilotti M, McRae A, Arcot K, Nemnom M-J, Huang L, Mukarram M, Krahn A, Wells GA. Duration of Electrocardiographic Monitoring of Emergency Department Patients with Syncope. Circulation. Mar 12, 2019;139(11):1396-1406
  • Varosy PD, Chen LY, Noseworthy PA, Miller A, Slotwiner DJ, Thiruganasambandamoorthy V. Pacing as a Treatment for Reflex-Mediated (Vasovagal, Situational, or Carotid Sinus Hypersensitivity) Syncope: A Systematic Review for the 2017 ACC/AHA/HRS Guideline for the Evaluation and Management of Patients With Syncope. a report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Heart Rhythm Society. J Am Coll Cardiol. Aug 1, 2017; 70(5):664-679
  • Thiruganasambandamoorthy V; Kwong K; Wells GA, Sivilotti MLA, Mukarram MA, Rowe BH, Lang E, Perry JJ, Sheldon R, Stiell IG, Taljaard M. Development of the Canadian Syncope Risk Score to predict serious adverse events after emergency department assessment of syncope. CMAJ. Sept 6, 2016;188(12):E289-98


  • 2020-2025 Tier 1 Clinical Research Chair Award - Faculty of Medicine Clinical Research Chair Program. University of Ottawa.
  • 2020 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICHR)/Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) Mid-Career Lecturer Award in Emergency Medicine.
  • 2020-2023 Physicians’ Services Incorporated Foundation Mid-Career Clinical Research Award.
  • 2019 Publication of the Year Award of the Faculty of Medicine’s Awards of Excellence. University of Ottawa.
  • 2017 Mentorship Award, Networks of Centers of Excellence (NCE) – Cardiac Arrhythmia Network of Canada (CANet)
  • 2017 Innovation Fund Award (Presented by the Academic Physicians of Ontario by Innovation Fund Provincial Oversight Committee) (TOHAMO IFPOC), for “Early Discharge of Chest Pain Patients using the new Troponin Assay to Improve Emergency Overcrowding”.
  • 2017 Dr. Ian Stiell Researcher of the Year Award, Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP).
  • 2017 Dr. Ian Stiell Excellence in Emergency Medicine Scholarship Award, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa.
  • 2016 Ottawa Hospital Excellence Award – Research Excellence Category Award.

Fields of Interest

  • Cardiovascular emergencies
  • risk stratification
  • emerging technologies
  • artificial intelligence
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