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Sangeeta Mehta
Critical Care Physician, Professor of Medicine
Sinai Health and University of Toronto
Research Focus:
Management of sedation, analgesia and comfort of critically ill patients. Equity, diversity and Inclusion.

Sangeeta Mehta

Dr. Mehta is a Critical Care Physician at Sinai Health System in Toronto, Canada. She completed medical school at McGill University in Montreal, Internal Medicine training at the University of Toronto, and Respirology and Critical Care training at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

She is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, and a Clinician Scientist in the Division of Respirology and Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care, at the University of Toronto; and Clinician Scientist in the Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute. She has a strong record of research productivity, and has published more than 290 peer-review publications. She has an h-index of 84, and more than 42,000 citations.

Dr. Mehta’s primary research focus is on the administration of sedation and analgesia, delirium, and restraint use in mechanically ventilated, critically ill patients; as well as sleep, psychological and cognitive morbidity following discharge from the ICU. She is also interested in the perspectives of family members of ICU patients.

Another of her major research foci is Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in academic medicine, particularly relating to gender. She is EDI Chair of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group. She leads a program of research in EDI; and has published 17 manuscripts in this area, with 6 in submission. At present, she is leading 7 equity-related projects, each of which includes junior investigators and trainees. Many of these scholarly activities and publications represent collaborations with national and international colleagues. She has contributed to Round Tables and the development of multiple equity policies, and is invited to speak nationally and internationally on this topic.

Recent work

  1. Li Y, Fiest K, Burns KEA, O’Hearn K, Inez Maratta CI, Menon K, Rochwerg B, Murthy S, Fowler R, Mehta S, on behalf of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group. Addressing healthcare inequities in Canadian critical care through inclusive science: a tool for standardized data collection. Canadian Journal of Anaesth 2023 – in press.
  2. Sharda S, Butler K, Mandari M, Mehta S. Microggressions in medicine. Can J Anaesth 2023 - In press.
  3. Heybati K, Flexman A, Lorello GR, Mehta S. Outcomes of COVID-19 manuscripts submitted to the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia: An analysis by author gender and person of color status. Can J Anaesth 2023 - In press.
  4. Khan S, Kirubarajan A, Shamsheri T, Mehta S. Gender disparities in academic reference letters: A systematic review. Postgrad Med J. 2021 Jun 2:postgradmedj-2021-140045. doi: 10.1136/postgradmedj-2021-140045. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34083370.
  5. Mehta S, Ahluwalia N, Heybati K, Owais S, Cook DJC, for the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group. Diversity of authors of publications from the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group. Crit Care Med. 2021 Aug 13. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000005284. Online ahead of print.
  6. Spring J, Abrahams C, Ginsburg S, Piquette D, Martinez Guasch F, Kiss A, Mehta S. Clinical evaluation of trainees in the intensive care unit: the impact of gender. ATS Scholar 2021; 2 (3): 442–451.
  7. Mehta S, Brondani A, Tomlinson G, Adhikari NKJ, Cameron JI, Freidrich JO, Rudkowski J, Robles P, Matte A, Skrobik Y, Burns S, Lamontagne F, Ferguson N, Chu L, Herridge M, for the RECOVER Program Investigators and The Canadian Critical Care Trials Group. Association between tracheostomy and functional, neuropsychological and healthcare utilization outcomes in the RECOVER cohort. Crit Care Explor. 2022 Oct 7;4(10):e0768. doi: 10.1097/CCE.0000000000000768. eCollection 2022 Oct
  8. Lee T, Qiao Li T, Sinuff T, Mehta S. Outcomes of prolonged mechanical ventilation and tracheostomy in critically ill elderly patients. Can J Anaesth. 2022 Sep; 69(9):1107-1116.
  9. Honarmand K, Yarnell CJ, Young-Ritchie C, Maunder R, Priestap F, Abdalla M, Ball IM, Basmaji J, Bell CM, Jeffs L, Shah S, Chen J, LeBlanc D, Kayitesi J, Eta-Ndu C, Mehta S. Personal, professional, and psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospital workers: A cross-sectional survey. PLoS One. 2022 Feb 15; 17(2):e0263438. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0263438. eCollection 2022.
  10. Mehta S, Yarnell C, Shah S, Dodek P, Parsons-Leigh J, Maunder R, Kayitesi J, Eta-Ndu C, Priestap F, LeBlanc D, Chen J, Honarmand K, on behalf of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group. The personal and professional impact of COVID-19 on Canadian Intensive Care Unit (ICU) workers: A nationwide study. Can J Anaesth. 2022 Apr; 69(4):472-484. doi: 10.1007/s12630-021-02175-z. Epub 2021 Dec 23
  11. Mehta S*, Zhou Q, Pinto R, Friedrich JO, Lamontagne F, Ferguson ND, Meade MO, Adhikari NK for the OSCILLATE Investigators and the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group. Utilization and effect of neuromuscular blockade in a randomized trial of high-frequency oscillation. (*Drs. Mehta and Adhikari contributed equally to this manuscript). J Crit Care. 2021 Dec; 66:86-92. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2021.08.006. Epub 2021 Aug 30