Dr. Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy MBBS, MSc, CCFP-EM


Dr. Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy MBBS, MSc, CCFP-EM
Department of Emergency Medicine Research Committee Chair and Associate Professor


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

Personal Interests/ Personal Philosophy or Quotes

  • Improving international emergency care
  • Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds - Einstein
  • Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people – Eleanor Roosevelt


  • 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.
  • Thiruganasambandamoorthy V, Stiell IG, Sivilotti MLA, Rowe BH, Mukarram MA, Arcot K, Kwong K, McRae A, Wells GA, Taljaard M. 2017. Predicting Short-Term Risk of Arrhythmia among Patients with Syncope: The Canadian Syncope Arrhythmia Risk Score. Academic Emergency Medicine, 24(11): 1315-1326. doi: 10.1111/acem.13275.
  • 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 2016 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. 2017. American College of Cardiology, Circulation and Heart Rhythm. 2017 Mar 9. pii: CIR.0000000000000500. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 70(5): 664-679. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2017.03.004.
  • 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: https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.160742.
  • Thiruganasambandamoorthy V, Wells GA, Vaidyanathan A, Mukarram M, Taljaard M, Stiell IG. Outcomes in Pre-Syncope Patients: A Prospective Cohort Study. Annals Emergency Medicine September 2014. Published online.
  • Thiruganasambandamoorthy V, Wells GA, Hess EP, Turko E, Perry JJ, Stiell IG. Derivation of a Risk Scale and Quantification of Risk Factors for Short-term Serious Adverse Events in Adult Emergency Department Syncope Patients by Health Records Review. CJEM. 2013;15(0):1-11.
  • Thiruganasambandamoorthy V, Hess EP, Turko E, Tran M, Wells GA, Stiell IG. Defining Abnormal Electrocardiography in Adult Emergency Department Syncope Patients – the Ottawa Electrocardiographic Criteria. CJEM 2012;Jul;14(4):248-258.
  • Sun B, Thiruganasambandamoorthy V, Dela Cruz J. Standardized Reporting Guidelines for Emergency Department Syncope Risk Stratification Research. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2012;19:694-702.
  • Sheldon RS, Morillo CA, Krahn AD, O’Neill B, Thiruganasambandamoorthy V. 2011. Standardized approaches to the investigation of syncope – a position paper of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society. The Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 27(2): 246-253. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2010.11.002
  • Thiruganasambandamoorthy V, Hess EP, Alreesi A, Perry JJ, Wells GA, Stiell IG. External Validation of the San Francisco Syncope Rule in the Canadian Setting. Ann Emerg Med. 2010; 55: 464-472.


  • Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians – Canadian Venous Thromboembolism Clinical Trials and Outcomes Research (CAEP-CanVECTOR) Research Abstract Award, for “Prevalence of pulmonary embolism among emergency department patients with syncope: a multicenter prospective cohort study”, June 2018.
  • 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”, November 2017.
  • Dr. Ian Stiell Researcher of the Year Award, Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP), May 2017.
  • Dr. Ian Stiell Excellence in Emergency Medicine Scholarship Award, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa, June 2017.
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation National New Investigator Award, August 2016
  • Top New Investigator Award, Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP), February 2015.
  • Research Scholarship Award, Jump Start Resuscitation Initiative. Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada 2011-2012
  • A.G. Hatcher Memorial Scholarship, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1998
  • Program Leader, Canadian Arrhythmia Network (CANet)
  • Founding Member, Canadian Syncope Alliance (CASA)

Fields of Interest

  • Syncope
  • chest pain
  • venous thrombosis
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