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Kimmo Murto photo of Kimmo Murto
Clinical Investigator, CHEO Research Institute
Physician, Department of Anesthesiology, CHEO
Director of Research, Department of Anesthesiology, CHEO
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine,
University of Ottawa
613-737-7600 Ext. 3065
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Current Research:
Dr. Murto’s research projects are related to the proper dosing of celecoxib, a COX-2 specific inhibitor NSAID, in children, for the management of post adentonsillectomy (T&A) pain. The clinical trials in this research incorporate the evaluation of blood and cerebrospinal fluid pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomics related to the drug’s metabolism. This drug is opioid sparing, which is important because many children undergoing T&A suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and are very sensitive to the respiratory depressant affects of opioids. As a result, Dr. Murto’s research team is developing a clinical prediction tool to diagnose OSA in this population of children.
Research Team:
  • Tracy Jackson
Dr. Kimmo Murto joined CHEO in 1996 and is the Director of Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia and the Medical Director of Day Care/Post Anesthesia Care Unit. He is also the Deputy Academic Chief and Director of Research, and he chairs the Transfusion Medicine and Infusion Therapy Committee. Dr. Murto’s areas of special interest and research are clinical prediction tools, information and communication technology, ambulatory medicine, transfusion medicine, and acute pain. 
Sample Publications:
Parents are reluctant to use technological means of communication in pediatric day care Kimmo Murto, Gregory L Bryson, Ibrahim Abushahwan, Jim King, David Moher, Khaled El-Emam, and William Splinter Can J Anesth 2008 55: 214-222

Adrenal Insufficiency and Thyroid Replacement Therapy. Eipe N, Kimmo Murto. Pediatric Anesthesia. 2009;19(4): 422-23

Surgical Diagnosis Is an Important Variable to Consider in Postanesthesia Exposure-associated Learning Disabilities. Christopher Pysyk MD, Kimmo Murto MD FRCPC, Sally Kuehn PhD, Dermot Doherty MB BCh FCARCSI. Anesthesiology 2009;111:382.

Diagnostic Challenge: Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children Undergoing Anesthesia for Tonsil Surgery. Kimmo Murto. Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia 2010; 25(3): 6

Intra- and Inter-Observer Reliability Using a Non-invasive Ultrasound Cardiac Output Monitor in Healthy Anesthetized Children Dhanani, Sonny; Ward, Roxanne; Barrowman, Nick; Kimmo Murto. Pediatric Anesthesia 2011; 21(8): 858-864
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