Special Interests: Outcome Measurement, Upper Limb Recovery in Tetraplegia, Traumatic and Non Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury
Dr. Kalsi-Ryan gained her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto (UofT) in 1995. She has worked in a clinical capacity with many neurological populations through the acute and sub-acute phases of recovery. For the last 15 years she has worked specifically with the spinal population at the Toronto Western Hospital in the Krembil Neuroscience Program. She is a Licensed Physical Therapist who has been involved in the rehabilitation care of both ambulatory and non-ambulatory patients. In addition to her clinical work she gained a Master’s degree from the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science (GDRS) at UofT in 2006 where she studied her interest of upper limb recovery through the development of the Tetraplegia Hand Measure. Sukhvinder was awarded her PhD in 2011, again from GDRS at UofT. Her PhD work consisted of leading the GRASSP project; an international collaboration of six researchers who developed an upper limb measure that targets quantification of impairment post cervical SCI. She established the psychometric properties of the GRASSP along with the utility of the GRASSP in the current field. Sukhvinder continues research as a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Toronto Western Hospital, where she continues to develop the GRASSP measure (www.sci-grassp.org), and study upper limb recovery in the traumatic and non traumatic SCI population.
Dr. Kalsi-Ryan continues to work on a number of clinical studies: she is currently leading the GRASSP Longitudinal Study and developing an objective measurement protocol specific for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy. In addition she currently works within the Neurorecovery Network and the North American Clinical Trials Network. She is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, North American Spine Society and AO Spine. Future plans for Dr. Kalsi-Ryan include moving into a clinician scientist role, that will service both the rehabilitation and neurosurgery departments.