Dr. Davy Cheng


Distinguished University Professor, Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine
Professor, Critical Care Medicine Division, Department of Medicine
Acting Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University
Vice Dean, Faculty Affairs, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University



Dr. Davy Cheng graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto in 1983 and completed his internal medicine internship and anesthesia residency in 1987. He joined as Faculty at the Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto after a Clinical Research Fellowship in 1988 and a Cardiovascular Anesthesia Fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City in 1989. Prior to his appointment in 2001 at Western University, London, Dr. Cheng held the position of Professor and Deputy Chief of Anesthesiology at the Toronto General Hospital, University of Toronto and as Medical Director, Cardiovascular Surgery Program, University Health Network (UHN), Toronto. 

Dr. Cheng is recognized as a world expert in perioperative outcomes and resource utilization in cardiac surgery/anesthesia, blood management, minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery, and perioperative evidence-based medicine. His pioneer work in fast track cardiac anesthesia and recovery has become the standard of cardiac anesthesia and recovery practice around the world. Dr. Cheng established the Evidence-Based Perioperative Clinical Outcomes Research Group (EPiCOR) and the MEDICI Centre (Medical Evidence, Decision Integrity, Clinical Impact) at Western University and the London Teaching Hospitals, and continues to release a number of pivotal publications to direct evidence-based medical and surgical practices. He is a recognized healthcare leader in the forefront of research, practice and healthcare policy. As Principal Investigator and Co-investigator, Dr. Cheng has been awarded over $5.8M in peer-reviewed grants and over $1.6M in non-peer reviewed grants. He has published over 144 peer-reviewed scientific papers in high impact journals and 45 book / chapters (h-index 43, i10-index 101). Dr. Cheng holds positions on several Editorial Boards including; anesthesia (CJA), cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia (JCTVA) and cardiac surgery (INNOVATIONS). He Co-Chaired the Steering Committee and Expert Consensus Panel for the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (ISMICS) as well as the European Association of Cardiothoracic Society (EACTS) in practice guideline development. Dr. Cheng has been invited as a Visiting Professor to over 95 Universities, Cardiac Centers and Conferences nationally and internationally.

In 2014, Dr. Cheng was elected the highest award by the German Society of Anesthesiologists and Intensive Care as its Honorary Member. In 2013, Dr. Cheng was designated as CCPE (Canadian Certified Physician Executive) by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Canadian Society of Physician Executives (CSPE), and in 2014 was honored with the CSPE Excellence in Medical Leadership Award. In 2013, Dr. Cheng was elected to the World Health Organization (WHO) GIEESC (Global Initiative for Emergency & Essential Surgical Care) Anaesthesia Committee. In 2011, he was elected President of the Association of Canadian University Departments of Anesthesiology (ACUDA), and was elected as the North American Representative to the Scientific Affairs Committee at World Federation Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA). In 2010, Dr. Cheng was selected as the Inaugural Rotman-Longwoods Scholar, for demonstrated special interest in understanding and applying practical strategies of knowledge translation and knowledge transfer. Also in 2010, he was also selected to receive the CAS Research Recognition Award for his sustained major contributions in anesthesia research in Canada. In 2007, Dr. Cheng was the first anesthesiologist inducted to Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (FCAHS) in recognition of his great accomplishment and achievement in the academic health sciences in Canada. In 2010 he also received the prestigious Joint Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) Award for the outstanding leadership and exemplary contributions to the success of the committee’s initiatives; aligning the strategic directions of London Teaching Hospitals to improve patient care and outcomes. Dr. Cheng serves as Chair of the Ontario Blood Advisory Committee (OBAC) at the Ministry of Health & Long Term Care (MOHLTC); and was a member on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS). He serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology (SCA), and as an Executive member on the Association of Cardiac Anesthesiologists (ACA) and IARS Board of Trustees.

Honours and Awards

2016 Elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees (2016-17 term) for the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

2015 CAS Gold Medalist, Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society

2014 Elected Honorary Member, The German Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (DGAI) (This Honorary Member title confers on eminent physicians and scientists who have made a major contribution to the field of anaesthesiology)

2014 CSPE Excellence in Medical Leadership Award (Chris Carruthers Award)

2013 CCPE, Canadian Certified Physician Executive – certified by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Canadian Society of Physician Executives (CSPE)

2012 Elected North America Representative Member, Scientific Affairs Committee, World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA)

2011 President, Association of Canadian University Departments of Anesthesia (ACUDA) (17 Canadian University Departments)

2010 Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Scholarship, Rotman Advanced Health Leadership Program; and Inaugural Rotman-Longwoods Scholar, Longwoods Publishing

2010 CAS Research Recognition Award, Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society

2010 The Distinguished University Professorship, Western University

2009 CSA Outstanding Contribution Award, honored at the 30th Anniversary meeting of the Chinese Society of Anesthesiology & Chinese Medical Association

2007 Joint Medical Advisory Committee Award, London Health Sciences Centers & St. Joseph Health Care London, Ontario. (Outstanding leadership and contributions to the success of initiatives aligning the strategic directions of London Teaching Hospitals to improve patient care and outcomes)

2007 Induction to Fellowship, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (FCAHS) (Recognizes individuals of great accomplishment and achievement in the academic health sciences in Canada)

2007 Elected to Board of Trustees, International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) (The Canadian member)



Google Scholar, h-index 

Wang L, Shen J, Ge L, Arango MF, Tang X, Moodie J, McConnell B, Cheng D, Martin J. Dexmedetomidine for craniotomy under general anesthesia: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. J Clin Anesth. 2018 Nov 13;54:114-125. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinane.2018.11.001. [Epub ahead of print] 

Hong M, Jones PM, Martin J, Kiaii B, Arellano R, Cheng D, John-Baptiste AA. Clinical impact of disinvestment in hydroxyethyl starch for patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery: a retrospective observational study. Can J Anaesth. 2018 Nov 8. doi: 10.1007/s12630-018-1245-5. [Epub ahead of print]

Li JY, Gong J, Zhu F, Moodie J, Newitt A, Uruthiramoorthy L, Cheng D, Martin J. Fibrinogen Concentrate in Cardiovascular Surgery: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Anesth Analg. 2018 Sep;127(3):612-621. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000003508.

Chong MA, Krishnan R, Cheng D, Martin J. Should Transfusion Trigger Thresholds Differ for Critical Care Versus Perioperative Patients? A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Trials
Crit Care Med. 2018 Feb;46(2):252-263. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000002873.

Nagappa M, Ho G, Patra J, Wong J, Singh M, Kaw R, Cheng D, Chung F. Postoperative Outcomes in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Comparative Studies. Anesth Analg. 2017 Dec;125(6):2030-2037.

Deschamps A, Hall R, Grocott H, Mazer CD, Choi PT, Cheng D, et al; Canadian Perioperative Anesthesia Clinical Trials Group. Cerebral Oximetry Monitoring to Maintain Normal Cerebral Oxygen Saturation during High-risk Cardiac Surgery: A Randomized Controlled Feasibility Trial. Anesthesiology. 2016 Apr;124(4):826-36.

Wang L, Johnston B, Kaushal A, Cheng D, Zhu F, Martin JKetamine added to morphine or hydromorphone patient-controlled analgesia for acute postoperative pain in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials. Can J Anaesth. 2016 Mar;63(3):311-25

Wang L, Lee M, Zhang Z, Moodie J, Cheng D, Martin J. Does preoperative rehabilitation for patients planning to undergo joint replacement surgery improve outcomes? A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. BMJ Open. 2016 Feb 2;6(2):e009857.

Puskas JD, Martin J, Cheng DC, Benussi S, Bonatti JO, Diegeler A, Ferdinand FD, Kieser TM, Lamy A, Mack MJ, Patel NC, Ruel M, Sabik JF 3rd, Yanagawa B, Zamvar V. ISMICS Consensus Conference and Statements of randomized controlled trials of off-pump versus conventional coronary artery bypass surgery. Innovations (Phila). 2015 Jul-Aug;10(4):219-29.

Bainbridge D, Cheng DC. Early extubation and fast-track management of off-pump cardiac patients in the intensive care unit. Semin Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2015 Jun;19(2):163-8. 

Ariyan S, Martin J, Lal A, Cheng D, Borah GL, Chung KC, Conly J, et al. Antibiotic prophylaxis for preventing surgical site infection in plastic surgery: an evidence based consensus conference statement from the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Feb 20. [Epub ahead of print]