Teneille Gofton, MD FRCPC


Assistant Professor, Western University
Office: London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital B10-106
Phone: 519-663-2911
Secretary: Gina Hunter



Bio Sketch

Dr. Gofton completed medical school at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) followed by Neurology residency training at Western University. She has dual fellowship training in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York, New York, USA) and in Neurocritical Care and Electroencephalography at Western University. Dr. Gofton is currently an Associate Professor at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry (Western University) in the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences and has been a faculty member since 2012. She is the acting director of the Neurocritical Care fellowship training program.

Dr. Gofton has been an invited speaker at national and international meetings and has received research grant support from national funding agencies. Her research interests and publications are on topics in Neurocritical Care and neuropalliative care. In neurocritical care, Dr. Gofton’s research focuses on disorders of consciousness, status epilepticus and neurophysiology as it relates to deceased organ donation. In neuropalliative care, Dr. Gofton investigates challenges and barriers to initiation of neuropalliative care, neuropalliative care in serious neurological illness and neuropalliative education for trainees.  



Dr. Gofton research interests focus on palliative care for patients living with chronic and progressive neurological disorders. She also participates in research regarding the care of critically neurological patients in the intensive care unit.

Medical Interests

Dementia, Intensive Care

Honours and Awards

  • 2018/06  1st Place Research Poster. Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine 2018 Annual Conference, Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians Prize, “Trainees experience distress when faced with end of life care in Neurology: a qualitative exploration.”

  • 2017/06 1st Place Research Project. Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine 2017 Annual Conference, Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, “Developing an Evidence-Based Palliative Care Curriculum for Neurology, Paediatric, Critical Care and Anaesthesia Resident Trainees.”

  • 2015/12  The Teaching Honour Roll, presented by the University Students’ Council, is awarded annually to Western’s best instructors. The honour roll is used to recognize the exceptional efforts and contributions of Western instructors. In order to receive honour roll standing, an instructor must receive a cumulative average of 6.3 or higher out of 7.0 for the first 14 questions on the UWO Instructor & Course Evaluation.

  • 2012/05 Dr. John Brown Award for Patient-Centered Care - University of Western Ontario
    Distinction, Awarded for excellence in patient-centered care.

  • 2009/06 Canadian Neurological Society Francis McNaughton Memorial Prize, awarded annually by the Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation for excellence of Research in clinical Neurology – Project title: Functional MRI study of the primary somatosensory cortex in comatose survivors of cardiac arrest.


PubMed Publications Listing


Murphy N, Weijer C, Smith M, Chandler J, Chamberlain E, Gofton TE, Slessarev M. Controlled Donation After Circulatory Determination of Death: A Scoping Review of Ethical Issues, Key Concepts, and Arguments. J Law Med Ethics. 2021;49(3):418-440. doi: 10.1017/jme.2021.63. PMID: 34665091.

Kazazian K, Kellogg M, Wong N, Eschbach K, Moeller RF, Gaspard N, Hirsch LJ, Hocker S, Gofton TE. How to Help Your Patients Enroll in the New-Onset Refractory Status Epilepticus (NORSE) and Febrile Infection-Related Epilepsy Syndrome (FIRES) Family Registry, and Other Rare Epilepsy Registries. Epilepsy Curr. 2021 Mar 26:15357597211002869. doi: 10.1177/15357597211002869. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33769129.

Kazazian K, Kellogg M, Wong N, Eschbach K, Moeller RF, Gaspard N, Hirsch LJ, Hocker S, Gofton TE. How to Help Your Patients Enroll in the New-Onset Refractory Status Epilepticus (NORSE) and Febrile Infection-Related Epilepsy Syndrome (FIRES) Family Registry, and Other Rare Epilepsy Registries. Epilepsy Curr. 2021 Mar 5:1535759721998329. doi: 10.1177/1535759721998329. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33663265.

Dhanani S, Hornby L, van Beinum A, Scales NB, Hogue M, Baker A, Beed S, Boyd JG, Chandler JA, Chassé M, D'Aragon F, Dezfulian C, Doig CJ, Duska F, Friedrich JO, Gardiner D, Gofton TE, Harvey D, Herry C, Isac G, Kramer AH, Kutsogiannis DJ, Maslove DM, Meade M, Mehta S, Munshi L, Norton L, Pagliarello G, Ramsay T, Rusinova K, Scales D, Schmidt M, Seely A, Shahin J, Slessarev M, So D, Talbot H, van Mook WNKA, Waldauf P, Weiss M, Wind JT, Shemie SD; Canadian Critical Care Trials Group; Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program. Resumption of Cardiac Activity after Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Measures. N Engl J Med. 2021 Jan 28;384(4):345-352. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa2022713. PMID: 33503343.

 Duclos C, Norton L, Laforge G, Frantz A, Maschke C, Badawy M, Letourneau J, Slessarev M, Gofton TE, Debicki D, Owen AM, Blain-Moraes S. Protocol for the Prognostication of Consciousness Recovery Following a Brain Injury. Front Hum Neurosci. 2020 Nov 12;14:582125. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2020.582125. PMID: 33281582; PMCID: PMC7690215.

Fridman S, Bres Bullrich M, Jimenez-Ruiz A, Costantini P, Shah P, Just C, Vela-Duarte D, Linfante I, Sharifi-Razavi A, Karimi N, Bagur R, Debicki DB, Gofton TE, Steven DA, Sposato LA. Stroke risk, phenotypes, and death in COVID-19: Systematic review and newly reported cases. Neurology. 2020 Dec 15;95(24):e3373-e3385. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000010851. Epub 2020 Sep 15. PMID: 32934172.

Kazazian K, Norton L, Gofton TE, Debicki D, Owen AM. Cortical Function in Acute Severe Traumatic Brain Injury and at Recovery: A Longitudinal fMRI Case Study. Brain Sci. 2020 Sep 3;10(9):604. doi: 10.3390/brainsci10090604. PMID: 32899145; PMCID: PMC7563151. 

Sarpal A, Schulz VN, Gofton TE. A Pilot Cross-Discipline Evidence-Based Palliative Care Curriculum for Postgraduate Medical Trainees. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Sep;60(3):678-687.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.05.009. Epub 2020 May 16. PMID: 32422183.

Gofton TE, Hirsch LJ. Author response: New onset refractory status epilepticus research: What is on the horizon? Neurology. 2020 Mar 31;94(13):596. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000009187. PMID: 32229639.

Tung J, Speechley KN, Gofton TE, Gonzalez-Lara LE, Graham M, Naci L, Peterson AH, Owen AM, Weijer C. Towards the assessment of quality of life in patients with disorders of consciousness. Qual Life Res. 2020 May;29(5):1217-1227. doi: 10.1007/s11136-019-02390-8. Epub 2019 Dec 14. PMID: 31838655.

Kim DD, Gofton TE, Young GB. Teaching NeuroImages: Steroid-responsive leukoencephalopathy in inflammatory cerebral amyloid angiopathy. Neurology. 2019 Jun 4;92(23):e2732-e2733. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000007612. PMID: 31160413.

Sarpal A, Gofton TE. Addressing the competency of breaking bad news: What are Canadian general paediatric residency programs currently doing. Paediatr Child Health. 2019 Jun;24(3):173-178. doi: 10.1093/pch/pxy124. Epub 2018 Oct 3. PMID: 31110458; PMCID: PMC6519638.

Gofton TE, Wong N, Hirsch LJ, Hocker SE. Communication Challenges: A Spotlight on New-Onset Refractory Status Epilepticus. Mayo Clin Proc. 2019 May;94(5):857-863. doi: 10.1016/j.mayocp.2018.12.004. Epub 2019 Mar 29. PMID: 30935709.

Gofton TE, Gaspard N, Hocker SE, Loddenkemper T, Hirsch LJ. New onset refractory status epilepticus research: What is on the horizon? Neurology. 2019 Apr 23;92(17):802-810. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000007322. Epub 2019 Mar 20. PMID: 30894443.

Bruni T, Graham M, Norton L, Gofton TE, Owen AM, Weijer C. Informed consent for functional MRI research on comatose patients following severe brain injury: balancing the social benefits of research against patient autonomy. J Med Ethics. 2019 May;45(5):299-303. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2018-104867. Epub 2019 Feb 25. PMID: 30803985; PMCID: PMC6582739.

Markovic N, Povitz M, Smith J, Leasa D, Shoesmith C, Gofton TE. Patterns of Non-Invasive Ventilation in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Can J Neurol Sci. 2018 Jul;45(4):445-450. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2018.25. Epub 2018 Jun 6. PMID: 29871704.

Hirsch LJ, Gaspard N, van Baalen A, Nabbout R, Demeret S, Loddenkemper T, Navarro V, Specchio N, Lagae L, Rossetti AO, Hocker S, Gofton TE Abend NS, Gilmore EJ, Hahn C, Khosravani H, Rosenow F, Trinka E. Proposed consensus definitions for new-onset refractory status epilepticus (NORSE), febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES), and related conditions. Epilepsia. 2018 Apr;59(4):739-744. doi: 10.1111/epi.14016. Epub 2018 Feb 5. PMID: 29399791.

Abdalmalak A, Milej D, Norton L, Debicki DB, Gofton TE, Diop M, Owen AM, St Lawrence K. Single-session communication with a locked-in patient by functional near-infrared spectroscopy. Neurophotonics. 2017 Oct;4(4):040501. doi: 10.1117/1.NPh.4.4.040501. Epub 2017 Dec 23. PMID: 29296627; PMCID: PMC5741990.

Dayal AM, Jenkins ME, Jog MS, Kimpinski K, MacDonald P, Gofton TE. Palliative Care Discussions in Multiple System Atrophy: A Retrospective Review. Can J Neurol Sci. 2017 May;44(3):276-282. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2016.439. Epub 2017 Feb 7. PMID: 28166857

Norton L, Gibson RM, Gofton TE, Benson C, Dhanani S, Shemie SD, Hornby L, Ward R, Young GB. Electroencephalographic Recordings During Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Therapy Until 30 Minutes After Declaration of Death. Can J Neurol Sci. 2017 Mar;44(2):139-145. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2016.309. PMID: 28231862