Donna Ouchterlony


Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Donna Ouchterlony is a Family physician and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. She started the first Neurorehabilition unit in Canada and was director for 29 years. She was on the executive of the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) network when it was founded and chaired the referral process committee changing a cumbersome patient unfriendly process into an efficient patient centered process.

She received an award from the ABI network for this contribution. She co-founded the Sunnybrook Head injury clinic with Dr. Anthony Feinstein. She has directed the St. Michael’s Hospital head injury and Urgent Concussion care clinic for 18 years and it is now the largest clinic of it’s kind in Canada. She was one of seven authors of the second edition of the guideline on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury . She has received numerous awards in her career including the St. Michael’s Hospital award for excellence in patient care, the Bruce Halliday award for improving the care of disabled patients. She has presented and published internationally in this field. She is currently working with a group to standardize Concussion care across Ontario. Her research interests are centred on symptom management and improved system efficiency in Concussion care.

Recent Publications

  1. Hunt, C, Michalak, A, Johnston, E, Lefkimmiatis, C, Macumber, L, Jocko, T et al.. Knowledge, Attitudes and Concussion Information Sources Among First Nations in Ontario. Can J Neurol Sci. 2018;45 (3):283-289. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2017.299. PubMed PMID:29552994 .
  2. Hunt, C, Michalak, A, Ouchterlony, D, Marshall, S, Masanic, C, Vaidyanath, C et al.. Common Data Elements for Concussion in Tertiary Care: Phase One in Ontario. Can J Neurol Sci. 2017;44 (6):676-683. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2017.222. PubMed PMID:29391082 .
  3. Hu, T, Hunt, C, Ouchterlony, D. Is Age Associated With the Severity of Post-Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms?. Can J Neurol Sci. 2017;44 (4):384-390. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2016.441. PubMed PMID:28162097 .
  4. Hunt, C, Zanetti, K, Kirkham, B, Michalak, A, Masanic, C, Vaidyanath, C et al.. Identification of hidden health utilization services and costs in adults awaiting tertiary care following mild traumatic brain injury in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Concussion. 2016;1 (4):CNC21. doi: 10.2217/cnc-2016-0009. PubMed PMID:30202563 PubMed Central PMC6093630.
  5. Ouchterlony, D, Masanic, C, Michalak, A, Topolovec-Vranic, J, Rutka, JA. Treating Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo in the Patient With Traumatic Brain Injury: Effectiveness of the Canalith Repositioning Procedure. J Neurosci Nurs. 2016;48 (2):90-9; quiz E1. doi: 10.1097/JNN.0000000000000186. PubMed PMID:26895567 .
  6. Topolovec-Vranic, J, Ennis, N, Howatt, M, Ouchterlony, D, Michalak, A, Masanic, C et al.. Traumatic brain injury among men in an urban homeless shelter: observational study of rates and mechanisms of injury. CMAJ Open. 2014;2 (2):E69-76. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20130046. PubMed PMID:25077132 PubMed Central PMC4084748.
  7. Andersen, J, Kot, N, Ennis, N, Colantonio, A, Ouchterlony, D, Cusimano, MD et al.. Traumatic brain injury and cognitive impairment in men who are homeless. Disabil Rehabil. 2014;36 (26):2210-5. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2014.895870. PubMed PMID:24621413 .
  8. Topolovec-Vranic, J, Ennis, N, Ouchterlony, D, Cusimano, MD, Colantonio, A, Hwang, SW et al.. Clarifying the link between traumatic brain injury and homelessness: workshop proceedings. Brain Inj. 2013;27 (13-14):1600-5. doi: 10.3109/02699052.2013.823666. PubMed PMID:24131277 .
  9. Topolovec-Vranic, J, Ennis, N, Colantonio, A, Cusimano, MD, Hwang, SW, Kontos, P et al.. Traumatic brain injury among people who are homeless: a systematic review. BMC Public Health. 2012;12 :1059. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-1059. PubMed PMID:23216886 PubMed Central PMC3538158.
  10. Topolovec-Vranic, J, Pollmann-Mudryj, MA, Ouchterlony, D, Klein, D, Spence, J, Romaschin, A et al.. The value of serum biomarkers in prediction models of outcome after mild traumatic brain injury. J Trauma. 2011;71 (5 Suppl 1):S478-86. doi: 10.1097/TA.0b013e318232fa70. PubMed PMID:22072007 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Department of Family and community Medicine, University of Toronto