Sherry L Grace


Locations / Contact Info:

368 BC
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 22364

Email address(es):

Web site(s):

PubMed Search for Grace SL Publications
My UHN Lab Website
YorkU Website

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology & Health Science


PhD - 2001


Sherry L. Grace, PhD, FCCS 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 the Cardiovascular Rehabilitation & Prevention Program and member of the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre.


Prof. Grace’s research centers on global cardiovascular rehabilitation access and delivery, as well as cardiac psychology. She has published close to 200 papers, and authored clinical practice guidelines. She led the development of the pan-Canadian quality indicators for cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention, and a national policy position on systematic inpatient referral.


Prof. Grace earned a Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Leadership Award for translation of research into practice. Finally, she was instrumental in the development of the International Council on Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, serving on the Executive Board. 

Selected Publications

Grace, S.L., Turk-Adawi, K.I., Contractor, A., Atrey, A., Campbell, N.R., Derman, W., Ghisi, G.L.*, Sarkar, B.K, Yeo, T.J., Lopez-Jimenez, F., Buckley, J., Hu, D., & Sarrafzadegan, N. (2016). Cardiac rehabilitation delivery model for low-resource settings: An International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation consensus statement. Progress in CVD;59(3):303-322. Nov/Dec. doi: 10.1016/j.pcad.2016.08.004.  

Sumner, J., Grace, S.L. & Doherty, P. (2016). Cardiac rehabilitation utilization in England: Results from the National Audit. Journal of the American Heart Association. Oct 21;5(10). pii:e003903.Turk-Adawi, K., Sarrafzadegan, N., & Grace, S.L. (2014). Global availability of cardiac rehabilitation. Nature Reviews: Cardiology, 11(10): 586-596. October. 

Grace, S.L., Poirier, P., Norris, C.M., Oakes, G., Somanader, D.*, & Suskin, N. (2014). Pan-Canadian development of cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention quality indicators. Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 30(8): 945-948. August.

Samayoa, L.*, Grace, S.L., Gravely, S., Benz Scott, L., Marzolini, S. & Colella, T. (2014). Sex differences in cardiac rehabilitation enrolment: A meta-analysis. Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 30: 793-800. August.

Grace, S.L., Bennett, S.*, Ardern, C.I., & Clark, A.M. (2014). Cardiac rehabilitation series: Canada. Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, 56(5): 530-535. March/April.

Grace, S.L., Warburton, D.E.R., Stone, J.A., Sanderson, B., Oldridge, N., Jones, J., Wong, N., & Buckley, J.P. (2013). International charter on cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation: A call for action. JCRP, 33(2):128-31. March/April.

Polyzotis, P.*, Suskin, N., Unsworth, K., Reid, R., Jamnik, V., Parsons, C., & Grace, S.L. (2013). 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. January.

Grace, S.L., Arthur, H.M., Chan, S., Cyr, C., Dafoe, W., Martin, J., Oh, P., Suskin, N., & Chessex, C. (2011). Systematizing Inpatient Referral to Cardiac Rehabilitation 2010: Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Canadian Cardiovascular Society Joint Position Paper. Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 27(2), 192-199. March/April. 10.1016/j.cjca.2010.12.007 and Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, 31(3): E1-E7. May-June.

Grace, S.L., Russell, K.*, Reid, R., Oh, P., Anand, S., Rush, J., Williamson, K., Gupta, M., Alter, D.A., & Stewart D.E. (2011). Effect of cardiac rehabilitation referral strategies on utilization rates: A prospective, controlled study. Archives of Internal Medicine, 171(3), 235-241. February.


Other Research Outputs

Oh, P., Cyr, C., Grace, S.L., Naidoo, K., Shin, AM., Strong, M., & Suskin, N. (2009). Practice models for cardiac rehabilitation. Guidelines for Cardiac Rehabilitation and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: Knowledge into Action (3nd Ed), pp. Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation. October.

Canadian Cardiac Rehab Registry Data Access Policy, Data Dictionary 2.0 and Minimum Data Set:

Cardiac Rehabilitation Barriers Scale:



University Health Network -Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Sr. Scientist, Cardiorespiratory Fitness Team

University Health Network – Toronto General Research Institute
Affiliate Scientist – Support, Systems & Outcomes Division of the Cardiovascular Group

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Health, & Disease Program, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and Associate Member, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute

University Health Network – Peter Munk Cardiac Centre

Service/Community Activities

Canadian Cardiovascular Society
Chair, Cardiac Rehabilitation / Secondary Prevention Indicators Chapter Working Group, Canadian Cardiovascular Society

International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation

Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation & Prevention
Editorial board member


Charles E. Gibb Leadership Prize - 2003

Jacob’s Institute of Women’s Health

Dorfman Journal Paper Award - 2008

Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

New Investigator Award - 2007

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology (American Psy - 2010

Cdn Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitat - 2012

Fellow - 2016

Canadian Cardiovascular Society


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: No

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Not Indicated

Current Research

A survey of cardiac rehabilitation programs around the world


Research Projects

Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $434,000
Year Funded: 2012
Duration: 6
Funded by: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Sherry L Grace