Aynharan Sinnarajah

Adjunct Associate Professor

Department of Oncology


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Office: 403.944.2304

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Area of Focus

  • Palliative Medicine
  • Health Services Research
  • Medical Informatics

Summary of Research

Dr Sinnarajah’s research interests lie with health services research in 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).


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 worked in Calgary for 17 years before moving back to Ontario, where he's now the Dr. Gillian Gilchrist Chair in Palliative Care Research at Queen's University and Lakeridge Health, and Associate Professor with the Department of Medicine at Queen's University (https://deptmed.queensu.ca/people/dr-aynharan-sinnarajah). He continues his research work in Alberta, with an Adjunct Associate Professor role in the Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Oncology at the University of Calgary. He also maintains his Alberta Health Services appointment with the Palliative & End of Life program in Calgary Zone.