Dr. Robert Teasell MD, FRCP(C)

Robert Teasell

Interim Chair, Professor
Director, Research
Medical Director, Stroke Rehabilitation


Area of Focus

NeuroRehabilitation (primarily Stroke), Chronic Pain

Bio Sketch

  • Undergraduate degree (BSc) Biology University of Western Ontario
  • Medical degree, University of Western Ontario.
  • Rotating internship, St. Joseph's Hospital, London
  • Residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Ottawa.
  • Consultant physiatrist at University Hospital and later Parkwood Hospital, St. Joseph's Health Care London
  • Former Chief of PM&R at University Hospital
  • Former Chief of PM&R at London Health Sciences Centre
  • Former Chair/Chief Department of PM&R, Western University
  • Research Director of the Department of PM&R, Western University
  • Medical Director of the Stroke Rehabilitation Program, Parkwood Institute
  • Past Chair of the Research Committee of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Past member of the Ontario and Canadian Stroke Strategy Executive Committees
  • Past examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
  • Past or present member of editorial boards of the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation and the Journal of Pain Research and Management and was a Section Editor of the Journal of Stroke.


  • 2005-2006 USC Teaching Honor Role, Schulich School of Medicine, University of Western Ontario
  • Physician Staff Organization Reward and Recognition Award for St. Joseph's Health Care London 2008
  • Merit Award Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2010.
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada McLaughlin-Gallie Visiting Professor Award 2012
  • 2013 Dr. Belarmino Rodriquez Arias Lecture.  The 65th Annual Meeting of the Spanish Neurology Society, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2014 Sandra Letton Award, St. Joseph's Health Care London 
  • Co-Chair, Canadian Best Practice Guidelines in Stroke Rehab 2014-2019
  • Ray Hnatyshyn lecture at the Canadian Stroke Congress 2016
  • Lawson Impact Scientist of the Year Award 2018
  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine/National Stroke Association Award for Excellence in Post-Acute Stroke 2018
  • Glen E. Gresham Visiting Professorship and Lecture in Rehabilitation Science, University of Buffalo, SUNY, Buffalo, New York, 2019
  • Innovation Fund Award for Best Poster in the Mental Health, Children and Community Care.  The award was presented by the Honourable Christine Elliott, Ontario Minister of Health, IPCOS Innovation Showcase, Toronto, Ontario, 2019
  • Singapore Visiting Professorship and Singapore Ministry of Health, Health Manpower Development Plan Visiting Expert in Integrating Stroke Rehabilitation Across the Continuum of Care, 2019

Invited lectures in Wales, England, Belgium, France, Austria, Spain (Barcelona and Canary Islands), Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Australia (Melborne, Sydney, Hunter Valley), United States (Los Angeles - Cedar Sinai Hospital, Denver Scottsdale - Mayo Clinic, New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit - Wayne State University, East Lansing - Michigan State University, Buffalo, New York City - New York, Presbyterian Hospital and Cornell University, Boston - Harvard University, PortlandMaine, New Haven Connecticut - Yale University, Orlando, Atlanta, Dallas, San
Antonio) and Canada (all 10 provinces).


  • Authored 354 peer-reviewed articles, 22 book chapters, 60 monographs, 343 pub.ished abstracts
  • Over 1500 (including over 700 international and national) presentations or posters
  • Over $21 million of grant funding
  • Research interests center largely around the implementation of best evidence into clinical practice in NeuroRehabilitation including the development of Best Practice Guidelines
  • Primary investigator and editor of the Stroke Rehabilitation Evidence-Based Review (www.ebrsr.com), now in its 19th edition, the Acquired Brain Injury Evidence-Based Review (www.abiebr.com), now in its 12th edition and the Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Evidence-Based Review (www.scireproject.com) now in its 6th edition
  • Other research interests include the rehabilitation of severe and chronic strokes and the management of chronic pain disability and whiplash injuries.


  • Supervised 17 graduate students at Western University
  • Three members of his research team have become Vanier Scholars
  • Three members of his research team have won the Lawson Impact Leadership Awards 2015, 2016 and 2018


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