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Mark McVey

Title: Anesthesiologist, Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Designations: MD, PhD, FRCPC
Phone: 416-813-7445
Alternate Contact Name: Emma Spence
Alternate Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 201147
Alternate Email:
U of T Positions: Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

Research Positions

Associate Scientist Track Investigator


Dr. McVey is a practicing Anesthesiologist with an interest in transfusion medicine and patient blood management (PBM). Clinically he is the Departmental Paediatric Anesthesia liaison with the blood bank and is a co-lead with the Paediatric Anesthesia spine program. McVey's research program investigates topics relevant to transfusion medicine and PBM including: transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI)platelet biology, perioperative anemia and developing tools for assessing fibrinolysis. 


Mark McVey’s translational research program investigates biomarkers, prevention and treatment of TRALI. McVeyinvestigates TRALI using cellular and animal models as well as patient epidemiological studies. He is investigating mechanisms of TRALI which involve extracellular vesicles and sphingolipids.

Beyond TRALI, McVeyis additionally investigating prevention and treatment of perioperative anemia with several active clinical studies.

Lastly, McVey in collaboration with McMaster University in Hamilton ON, and Ryerson University in Toronto ON is developing novel spectrophotometric and photoacoustic based strategies for monitoring fibrinolysis (the breakdown of blood clots) to improve treatment of severe bleeding and ultimately reduce the need for transfusion of blood.

Education and experience

  • 2014–2019: Phd, Department of Physiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • 2014–2015: Paediatric Anesthesia Clinical Fellow Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management, Toronto ON
  • 2009–2014: Post Graduate Training Anesthesia FRCPC University of Toronto, Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management, Toronto ON
  • 2005–2009: Doctor of Medicine University of Toronto, Toronto ON
  • 2001–2004: Master of Science Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. University of Ottawa, Ottawa ON


  • 2016–2019: CIHR Vanier Scholarship


Co-Investigator - The Artificial Placenta Project Grant Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) 

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