Jane Thornton, MD, PhD, CCFP (SEM), Dip. Sport Physician (IOC)

Jane Thornton, MD, PhDAssistant Professor
Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology & Biostatistics
and School of Kinesiology

Office: PHFM 2106 


Dr. Thornton is a Canada Research Chair and Clinician Scientist specializing in long-term athlete health, female athlete health, and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, with cross appointments in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and School of Kinesiology.  

Dr. Thornton completed her medical training at the University of Toronto and her family and sports medicine training at Western. She has completed additional training in Switzerland in preventive medicine with elective sports medicine training in seven different countries. She has treated athletes and active individuals of all ages and abilities.  

She is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) and Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM).  

Dr. Thornton represented Canada for over a decade in the sport of elite rowing, becoming both a World Champion (2006) and Olympian (2008), and has been recognized with the 2015 AthletesCan Social Responsibility Award for her contribution to society by sport/volunteer initiatives. 


Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics 
Centre for Studies in Family Medicine 
School of Kinesiology 

Research Interests 

Physical activity for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease
Novel uses of technology in physical activity prescription and evaluation 
Implementation science and clinical trials 
Peer-to-peer healthcare and patient resource co-design 
Knowledge Mobilization 
Injury and Illness Prevention in Sport  
Long term athlete health 
Female athlete health 
Rowing Injuries 
Sports Cardiology 


I currently supervise/mentor graduate, undergraduate and medical students.