Timothy J. Doherty, MD, PhD, FRCP(C)

dohertyAssociate Professor, Clinical Neurological Sciences & Rehabilitation Medicine, Western University
Office: London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital C7-123
Phone: 519-663-3337
Secretary: Sue Robinson


Bio Sketch

Dr. Doherty completed an undergraduate degree in Physical Education (University of New Brunswick, 1986) and graduate degrees in Kinesiology (MSc Dalhousie 1989, PhD Western 1993) prior to completing undergraduate medicine at McMaster. He went on to complete residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at McMaster (2000). Dr. Doherty joined the Department in 2004.

Dr. Doherty is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Clinical Neurological Sciences and Rehabilitation Medicine at Western University. He is a consultant physiatrist at both London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care and medical director of the Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Program, Parkwood Hospital, St. Joseph's Health Care. He was awarded as Canada Research Chair in Neuromuscular Function in Health, Aging, and Disease in 2005. In 2017 he was reappointed to the position of Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Western University

Dr. Doherty is Past President of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, examiner for the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology, a Scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute and the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging and is member of the Editorial Board of Muscle and Nerve.

Dr. Doherty's main clinical interest is clinical neurophysiology. He is a consultant electromyographer in the EMG clinics at London Health Sciences Centre.

He is actively involved in the rehabilitation management of patients with neuromuscular disease with specific interests in muscle disease and hereditary neuropathy.

Dr. Doherty is also a consultant physiatrist at the inpatient Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Program and Stroke Rehabilitation Program at Parkwood Hospital.


Dr. Doherty's research interests are broadly in the area of neuromuscular function in health, ageing, and disease. He holds research funding from CIHR and NSERC and has partnerships with Industry. Specific interests include age-related changes in the human neuromuscular system, quantitative EMG techniques and EMG signal processing, clinical and electrophysiological features of peripheral nerve disease and injury, neuromuscular factors influencing impairment and disability in arthritis, and therapeutic interventions to ameliorate disability in ageing and neuromuscular disorders. Dr. Doherty supervises students in the graduate program in Kinesiology and the graduate program in Neurosciences. Interested students should contact Dr. Doherty directly via email.

Medical Interests

Electromyography (EMG: diseases of peripheral nerve and muscle), EMG Signal Processing, Quantitative EMG Techniques, Clinical Neurophysiology, Rehabilitation of Neuromuscular Disease, Neurological Rehabilitation

Honours and Awards

  • 2018, Award of Merit, Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (CAPM&R)
  • 2014, Distinguished Researcher Award, Western University


PubMed Publications Listing


Gilmore KJ, Kirk EA, Doherty TJ, Rice CL. The effect of very old age on anconeus motor unit loss and compensatory remodelling. Muscle Nerve. 2017 Oct 5. doi: 10.1002/mus.25982. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28981143.

Gilmore KJ, Allen MD, Doherty TJ, Kimpinski K, Rice CL. Electrophysiological and neuromuscular stability of persons with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. Muscle Nerve. 2017 Sep;56(3):413-420. doi: 10.1002/mus.25516. Epub 2017 Mar 23. PMID: 27997686

Allen MD, Doherty TJ, Rice CL, Kimpinski K. Reply to Drs. Sacco et al.  J Appl Physiol (1985). 2017 Jun 1;122(6):1525. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00330.2017. No abstract available. PMID: 28637834

McKinnon NB, Connelly DM, Rice CL, Hunter SW, Doherty TJ. Neuromuscular contributions to the age-related reduction in muscle power: Mechanisms and potential role of high velocity power training. Ageing Res Rev. 2017 May;35:147-154. doi: 10.1016/j.arr.2016.09.003. Epub 2016 Sep 30. Review. PMID: 27697547

Power GA, Dalton BH, Gilmore KJ, Allen MD, Doherty TJ, Rice CL. Maintaining Motor Units into Old Age: Running the Final Common Pathway. Eur J Transl Myol. 2017 Mar 24;27(1):6597. doi: 10.4081/ejtm.2017.6597. eCollection 2017 Feb 24. PMID: 28458809

Gilmore, K. J., Morat, T., Doherty, T. J., & Rice, C. L. Motor unit number estimation and neuromuscular fidelity in 3 stages of sarcopenia. (2017). Muscle and Nerve, 55(5), 676-684. doi:10.1002/mus.25394