Private: Sunita Mathur, BScPT, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Physical Therapy
160-500 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1V7

Twitter:               @SunitaMathur1
Office Phone:   416-978-7761
Lab Phone:       416-946-0418
Fax:                      416-946-8562

Sunita Mathur is a physiotherapist and Associate Professor in the Dept of Physical Therapy. She completed her BSc in physiotherapy and MSc from Dalhousie University, PhD in Human Kinetics (Exercise Physiology) from the University of British Columbia, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Florida.

Sunita leads the Muscle Function and Performance Lab in the Dept of Physical Therapy. She is also the co-founder and co-Chair of the Canadian Network for Rehabilitation and Exercise for Solid Organ Transplant Optimal Recovery (CAN-RESTORE) and the Theme 5 Co-Lead for the Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (CDTRP).

More information about CAN-RESTORE can be found at

Sunita is also a member of the Cardiorespiratory Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, the Canadian Thoracic Society, The Lung Health Foundation and the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology.

Janaudis-Ferreira T*, Mathur S*, Deliva R, Howes N, Patterson C, Rakel A, So S, Wickerson L, White M, Avitzur Y, Johnston O, Heywood N, Singh S, Holdsworth S. Exercise for Solid Organ Transplant Candidates and Recipients: A Joint Position Statement of the Canadian Society of Transplantation and CAN-RESTORE. Transplantation. 2019 Sept; 103(9): e220–e238.

Bui K, Mathur S, Dechman G, Maltais F, Camp P, Saey D. Fixed handheld dynamometry provides reliable and valid values for quadriceps isometric strength in patients with COPD: a multicenter study. Physical Therapy Journal. 2019; 99(9):1255-1267.

Sheppard E, Chang K, Cotton J, Gashgarian S, Slack D, Wu K, Michalski A, Fox P, Stephenson A, Mathur S. Functional tests of leg muscle strength and power in adults with cystic fibrosis. Respiratory Care, 2019 Jan;64(1):40-47.

Mathur S, Dechman G, Bui K, Camp PG, Saey D. Evaluation of limb muscle strength and function in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, 2019: 30(1): 24–34.

Rozenberg D, Martelli V, Vieira L, Orchanian-Cheff A, Keshwani N*, Singer L, Mathur S. Utilization of non-invasive imaging tools for assessment of peripheral skeletal muscle size and composition in chronic lung disease: A Systematic Review. Respiratory Medicine, 2017; 131: 125-134.

Kireilla J, Araujo T, Vergara M, Lopez-Hernandez L, Cameron JI, Herridge MS, Gage WH, Mathur S. Quantitative evaluation of muscle function, gait and postural control in people experiencing critical illness after discharge from the intensive care unit. Physical Therapy Journal. 2018; 98(1):8-15.

Mathur S, Rodrigues N, Mendes P, Rozenberg D, Singer LG. Computed tomography derived thoracic muscle size as an indicator of sarcopenia in people with advanced lung disease. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal. 2017; 28(3): 99–105.

Mathur S*, Janaudis-Ferreira T*, Wickerson L, Singer LG, Patcai J, Rozenberg D, Blydt-Hansen T, Hartmann EL, Haykowsky M, Helm D, High K, Howes N, Kamath BM, Lands L, Marzolini S, Sonnenday C. Meeting Report: Consensus recommendations for a research agenda in exercise in solid organ transplantation. American Journal of Transplantation. 2014 Oct;14(10):2235-45.

Sunita’s research is aimed at improving the health of skeletal muscle in people suffering from profound muscle atrophy and weakness in order to help them regain function and independence so they can return to participating in the activities they enjoy. Sunita works across multiple patient populations including people with advanced lung diseases (such as COPD, interstitial lung disease and cystic fibrosis), solid organ transplantation and critical illness.

She uses a combination of non-invasive techniques to examine muscle structure and function including muscle force measurements, exercise testing, bioelectrical impedance analysis, magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy (MRI/MRS), muscle ultrasound and computed tomography (CT).

Sunita has collaborations with the Toronto Lung Transplant Program (Toronto General Hospital), Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and Unity Health - St Michael’s Hospital. She is also the co-founder and co-Chair of CAN-RESTORE, a network aimed at improving exercise and physical activity for solid organ transplant recipients.


Sunita teaches the exercise physiology content in the MSc(PT) curriculum.

She is also serves as a faculty advisor for the second year MSc(PT) research projects.

In addition to departmental teaching, Sunita regularly provides educational sessions to the clinical community on topics such as exercise prescription, pulmonary rehabilitation and skeletal muscle dysfunction in chronic disease.

Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto
Full Member, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto
Associate Member, Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto
Affiliate Scientist, KITE - Toronto Rehab Institute – University Health Network