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Dr. Sherry Grace - University Health Network. Toronto, ON, CA

Dr. Sherry Grace Dr. Sherry Grace

Senior Scientist | University Health Network

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Working to improve chronic cardiovascular care globally, and ultimately patients' quality (including mental health) and quantity of life





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Sherry L. Grace, PhD, FCCS, CRFC holds her primary appointment as Full Professor in the Faculty of Health at York University. She is also appointed at the University Health Network, University of Toronto, as Sr. Scientist with Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s Cardiovascular Rehabilitation & Prevention Program, and is Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation Research with the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre.

Prof. Grace’s research centers on optimizing post-acute cardiovascular care globally, as well as outcomes (including mental health). She has published >225 papers, and authored clinical practice guidelines internationally. She led the development of the pan-Canadian quality indicators for cardiac rehabilitation, as well as national policy positions on systematic referral and utilization interventions.

Prof. Grace has earned awards from the American and Canadian Associations of Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, among other societies. Finally, she was instrumental in the development of the International Council on Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, serving on the Executive Board since inception.

Industry Expertise (2)



Areas of Expertise (6)


Public Health

Higher Education

Clinical Research

Heart Disease

Behavioural Cardiology

Education (2)

University of Windsor: Ph.D., Psychology

University of Waterloo: B.A., Psychology

Languages (2)

  • French
  • English

Media Appearances (11)

International experts publish guidelines for cardiac rehab in developing countries



"All heart patients should be referred to cardiac rehab," says York U Professor Sherry Grace. "We see in countries like India and China, young cardiac patients die at incredible rates. This is because so few programs are set up in these developing countries."...

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Fewer women than men finish rehab after heart attack, study finds

Vancouver Sun  


The main report published online Wednesday is an analysis of 14 existing studies on rehabilitation rates among 8,176 cardiac patients, 2,234 of whom were female. Sherry Grace, lead author from Toronto’s University Health Network, found that about two-thirds of all participants followed up with a four-month program of exercise and counselling, although fewer women did so...

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New study first to examine quality of cardiac rehabilitation programs in Canada



"We are the first to comprehensively assess cardiac rehabilitation quality -- what we are doing well and where we should do better -- to this degree across the country," says Dr. Sherry Grace, study author, Director of Research, GoodLife Fitness Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Unit, University Health Network, and York Kinesiology & Health Science Professor. "Being able to rigorously evaluate and compare across cardiac rehabilitation programs nationally means gaps can be addressed and changes made, to ultimately benefit patients who have heart disease," she says...

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Lack Of Rehab Facilities Hurt Cardiac Patients

University Herald  


"Cardiac rehabilitation is a cost-effective program offering heart patients exercise, education and risk reduction," Sherry Grace, researcher and professor, said in a statement.

However, Grace said that despite these benefits cardiac rehabilitation is vastly underused, and insufficiently implemented, with only 39 percent of countries providing any.

Heart disease has become an epidemic in low-income and middle-income countries, and cardiac rehab can reduce the socio-economic impact of the disease by promoting return to work and reducing premature mortality, Grace, who is also the director of research at the GoodLife Fitness Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Unit at the University Health Network, said in a statement...

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Send more patients for cardiac rehab, doctors urged

The Globe and Mail  


“Physician referral failure is a big reason people don’t get there,” said Sherry Grace, director of research for the cardiovascular rehabilitation and prevention program at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre of the University Health Network in Toronto...

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CTV News Channel  tv

Presenting results of our review on ways to increase use of cardiac rehab with Angie Seth

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Caring for a Woman's Heart

TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin  tv


Presenting with colleagues on women's heart health.

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CBC Metro Morning  radio


Interview with Matt Galloway

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Time to See Red

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada  online


Panelist for campaign kick-off on women's heart health.

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A broken heart is a real medical condition

CTV Your Morning  tv


Interview with Ben Mulroney on "broken-heart" syndrome/ Takotsubo cardiomyopathy

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Keeping your heart strong and healthy

Breakfast Television  tv


Promoting heart month

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Articles (6)

Global availability of cardiac rehabilitation Nature Reviews: Cardiology, 11(10): 586-596.


Turk-Adawi, K., Sarrafzadegan, N., & Grace, S.L.

International charter on cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation: A call for action JCRP, 33(2):128-31


Grace, S.L., Warburton, D.E.R., Stone, J.A., Sanderson, B., Oldridge, N., Jones, J., Wong, N., & Buckley, J.P.

Primary care provider receipt of cardiac rehabilitation discharge summaries: Are they getting what they want to promote long-term risk reduction? Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes, 6:83-89.


Polyzotis, P.*, Suskin, N., Unsworth, K., Reid, R., Jamnik, V., Parsons, C., & Grace, S.L.

Gender and sex differences in the prevalence of major depression in coronary artery disease patients: A meta-analysis Maturitas, 73(4):305-311.


Shanmugasegaram, S.*, Russell, K., Kovacs, A., Stewart, D.E., & Grace, S.L.

Effect of cardiac rehabilitation referral strategies on utilization rates: A prospective, controlled study Archives of Internal Medicine


Grace, S.L., Russell, K.*, Reid, R., Oh, P., Anand, S., Rush, J., Williamson, K., Gupta, M., Alter, D.A., & Stewart D.E.

Contribution of patient and physician factors to cardiac rehabilitation enrollment: a prospective multilevel study European Journal of Preventive Cardiology


Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is an established means of reducing mortality, yet is grossly underutilized. This is due to both health system and patient-level factors; issues that have yet to be investigated concurrently. This study utilized a hierarchical design to examine physician and patient-level factors affecting verified CR enrollment...

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