Aynharan Sinnarajah

Assistant Professor

Oncology, Family Medicine, Community Health Sciences


Contact information


Office: 403-944-2304

Web presence


Preferred method of communication


Deborah Powers

Email: deborah.powers@ahs.ca

Office: 403-521-3912

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Palliative Medicine
  • Health Services Research
  • Informatics

Summary of Research

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).


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.  Currently, he is the Medical Director of the Calgary Zone Palliative / End of Life Care program, works as a physician consultant in Palliative Medicine, and also as a physician consultant in Clinical Informatics at the Alberta Health Services in Calgary. He completed his Masters in Public Health at Harvard University and is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Oncology at the University of Calgary.