Sherry L. Grace, PhD, CRFC, FCCS, FAACVPR


Sr. Scientist

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, FAACVPR, 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 KITE-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 patient outcomes (including mental health). She has published ~300 papers which have been cited ~15,500 times (h-index=63), and authored clinical practice guidelines internationally. She led the development of the Canadian quality indicators for cardiac rehabilitation, as well as policy positions on systematic referral and utilization promotion. She has held ~55 grants and contracts to support this research.

Prof. Grace has earned awards from the American and Canadian Associations of Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, among other societies. She has worked with the World Health Organization. Finally, she was instrumental in the development of the International Council on Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, serving on the Executive Board since inception, and leading their registry and certification programs.

Selected Publications

Chowdhury, M., Turk-Adawi, K., Babu, A., Ghisi, G.L.M., Seron, P., Yeo, T-J., Uddin, J. Heine, M., Saldivia, M.G., Kouidi, E., Sadeghi, M., Aljehani, R., & Grace, S.L. (2022). Development of the International Cardiac Rehabilitation Registry including variable selection and definition process. Global Heart;17(1):1. January.

Ghisi, G.L.M., Xu, Z., Liu, X., Mola, A., Gallagher, R., Babu, A.S., Yeung, C., Buckley, J., Marzolini, S., Oh, P., Contractor, A., & Grace, S.L. (2021). Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on cardiac rehabilitation delivery around the world. Global Heart;16(1):43. 

Ivers, N., Schwalm, J-D., Bouck, Z., McCready, T., Taljaard, M., Grace, S.L., Cunningham, J., Bosiak, B., L., Presseau, J., Witteman, H.O., Suskin, N., Wijeysundera, H., Atzema, C., Bhatia, S., Natarajan, M., & Grimshaw, J.M. (2020). Interventions supporting long term adherence and decreasing cardiovascular events after myocardial infarction (ISLAND): pragmatic randomized trial. BMJ;369:m1731

Santiago de Araujo Pio, C.*, Chaves, G.S.*, Davies, P., Taylor, R.S. & Grace, S.L. (2019). Interventions to promote patient utilisation of cardiac rehabilitation. Cochrane Database Syst Rev; Issue 2; Art. No.: CD007131. Doi: 10.1102/14651858.CD007131.pub4.

Turk-Adawi, K., Supervia, M., Lopez Jimenez, F., Pesah, E.*, Rongjing, D., Britto, R., Bjarnason-Wehrens, B., Derman, W., Abreu, A., Babu, A., Santos, C.,  Khiong, J.S., Cuenza, L., Yeo, T.J., Scantlebury, D.,  Andersen, K., Gonzalez, G., Giga, V., Vulic, D., Vataman, E., Cliff, J., Kouidi, E., Yagci, I., Kim, C., Benaim, B., Rivas-Estany, E., Fernandez, R., Radi, B., Gaita, D., Simon, A., Chen, S.Y., Roxburgh, B. Castillo Martin, J., Maskhulia, L., Burdiat, G., Salmon, R., Lomelí, R., Sadeghi, M., Sovova, E., Hautala, A., Tamuleviciute-Prasciene, E., Ambrosetti, M., Neubeck, L., Asher, E., Kemps, H., Eysymontt, Z., Farsky, S., Hayward, J., Prescott, E., Dawkes, S., Santibanez, C., Zeballos, C., Pavy, B., Kiessling, A., Sarrafzadegan, N., Baer, C., Thomas, R., Hu, D., & Grace, S.L. (2019). Cardiac rehabilitation availability and density around the globe. EClinicalMedicine;13:31-45. 

Moghei, M.*, Turk-Adawi, K., Isaranuwatchai, W., Sarrafzadegan, N., Oh, P., Chessex, C., & Grace, S.L. (2017). Cardiac rehabilitation costs. International Journal of Cardiology;244:322-32. 

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.

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., 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.

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. 

Other Research Outputs

Grace, S.L. (2020). Outcomes assessment and utilization. American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Guidelines (6th Ed). J. Ehrman & P. Savage. (Eds). Human Kinetics. 

Cardiac Rehabilitation Barriers Scale

Grace, S.L., Turk-Adawi, K.I., Contractor, A., Atrey, A., Campbell, N., Derman, W., Ghisi, G.M.G.*, Hu, D., Mendis, S., Oh, P., Oldridge, N., Sarkar, B., & Yeo, T.J., Lopez, F., & Sarrafzadegan, N. (2016). Consensus statement: Cardiac rehabilitation delivery model for low-resource settings. Heart;102:1449-1455 (available on guideline clearinghouses and

Certification program to train healthcare providers and trainees on how to deliver each core component in above low-resource model:

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. ​

Accredited, evidence-based, free, open-access online course for healthcare providers on how to encourage inpatients to participate in cardiac rehabilitation: (available in 5 languages at:


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

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Health, & Disease Program, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine

University Health Network – Peter Munk Cardiac Centre
Research Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation


International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation

Service/Community Activities

International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation
immediate past-chair; co-chair Cardiac Rehab Foundations Certification; co-chair International Cardiac Rehab Registry, co-chair Program Certification

Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
Associate Editor

World Health Organization
Member, Package of Rehabilitation Interventions, Ischemic Heart Disease, Technical Working Group and Development Group


Leadership Prize (Best Manuscript in Women's Health Issues), Jacob’s Institute of Women’s Health - 2003

Journal Paper Award, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine - 2008

New Investigator Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research - 2007

Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology, American Psychological Association - 2010

Leadership Award - Knowledge Translation, Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation - 2012

Fellow, Canadian Cardiovascular Society - 2016

Established Investigator Award, American Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation - 2018

Terry Kavanagh Lecture, Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation - 2018

Fellow, American Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation - 2019


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

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

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: No

Current Research

Leading the International Cardiac Rehab Registry:



Research Projects

Heart Failure Clinic Access
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Year Funded: 2022
Duration: 2
Funded by: Other...