Aynharan Sinnarajah

Aynharan Sinnarajah

Pronouns: he/him/his


Adjunct Associate Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Oncology


Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute


O'Brien Institute for Public Health

Contact information

Web presence

Phone number

Office: 403.944.2304


Educational Background

B.Sc. Biological Sciences, University of Toronto, 1997

Doctor of Medicine Medicine, University of Toronto, 2001

Master of Public Health Quantitative Methods, Harvard University, 2014


Dr Sinnarajah graduated from the University of Toronto medical school and then completed the family residency program at the University of Toronto. This was followed by an additional year of training in Palliative Medicine at the University of Calgary. He completed his Masters in Public Health at Harvard University.

He recently moved to Ontario to take over as the Dr. Gillian Gilchrist Chair in Palliative Care Research at Queen's University & Lakeridge Health. He's also Division Head for Palliative Care at Lakeridge Health in Ontario. He maintains a locum palliative physician appointment with Alberta Health Services - Calgary Zone, and continues as a Medical Informatics Lead Physician at the Alberta Health Services in Calgary.


Areas of Research

Area of Focus
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Health Services Research
  • Informatics
Summary of Reserach

Dr. Sinnarajah’s research interests lie mainly in health services research within palliative care. One of the major projects he’s currently co-leading is the PaCES (Palliative Care Early and Systematic) project (www.pacesproject.ca). It is co-funded by CIHR and Alberta Health grants. It will examine ways to implement early palliative care in a systematic way for advanced cancer patients within Cancer Control Alberta. It involves the collaboration and engagement of oncology, family medicine, home care and palliative care teams. Other research projects including examining health system resource use of palliative patients (both cancer and non-cancer), and quality evaluations of interventions (e.g. neuraxial analgesia, methadone, palliative sedation).


PaCES project (Palliative Care Early and Systematic)


  • BSc Honours Standing, 1997