Associate Professor
Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics | Faculty of Medicine
Director | Innovations in Acute Care & Technology Research Cluster | CFRI
Director of Research | Pediatric Anesthesia | BC Children’s Hospital
Research Interests:

My major research focus is on the use of new technology, and the information derived from such advances, to reduce patient risk in anesthesia and intensive care. We are building on our success in bench to bedside research in anesthesia monitoring and clinician decision support to a much wider application of related technologies in global healthcare. To develop a robust, low cost wireless pulse oximeter that displays information on a cell phone for use in the developing world. The information display will minimize the need for training in interpretation, optimize the use of information in the pulse oximetry signal and provide intelligent interpretation of results. Dr. Ansermino has developed the oximeter through a start-up company LionsGate Technologies which recently raised $2 million to develop the product.


Relevant NGDI Articles


Design and evaluation of a low‐cost smartphone pulse oximeter. Petersen CL, Chen TP, Ansermino JM, Dumont GA. Sensors (Basel). 2013 Dec 6;13(12):16882‐93.

Detection of the optimal region of interest for camera oximetry. Karlen W, Ansermino JM, Dumont GA, Scheffer C. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2013;2013:2263‐6.

Oxygen saturation in children with and without obstructive sleep apnea using the phone‐oximeter. Garde A, Karlen W, Dehkordi P, Wensley D, Ansermino JM, Dumont GA. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2013;2013:2531‐4.

Pediatric post‐discharge mortality in resource poor countries: a systematic review. Wiens MO, Pawluk S, Kissoon N, Kumbakumba E, Ansermino JM, Singer J, Ndamira A, Larson C. PLoS One. 2013 Jun 25;8(6):e66698.

Recognition of correct finger placement for photoplethysmographic imaging. Karlen W, Lim J, Ansermino JM, Dumont GA, Scheffer C. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2013;2013:7480‐3.

Ultra‐low‐cost clinical pulse oximetry. Petersen CL, Gan H, Macinnis MJ, Dumont GA, Ansermino JM. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2013;2013:2874‐7.

Universal access to essential vital signs monitoring. Ansermino JM. Anesth Analg. 2013 Oct;117(4):883‐90. Review.


Improving maternal and perinatal outcomes in the hypertensive disorders of pregnancy: A vision of a community-focused approach. von Dadelszen P, Ansermino JM, Dumont G, Hofmeyr GJ, Magee LA, Mathai M, Sawchuck D, Teela K, Donnay F and Roberts JM.  Int J Gynecol Obstet 2012 119(Suppl 1):S30-S34. DOI:10.1016/j.ijgo.2012.03.012.

Pediatric sepsis in the developing world: Challenges in defining sepsis and issues in post-discharge mortality. Wiens MO, Kumbakumba E, Kissoon N, Ansermino JM, Ndamira A and Larson CP.  Clin Epidemiol 2012 4(1):319-325. DOI:10.2147/CLEP.S35693.