Congratulations to Dr. Dina Brooks!

We would like to share news with you that Dr. Dina Brooks, Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science Institute at the University of Toronto, extraordinary researcher, teacher, mentor, and friend, will be taking on the role of Vice Dean (Faculty of Health Sciences) and Executive Director, School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University effective January 1, 2019. We would like to congratulate Dina on this incredible opportunity although we are very sad to see her leave.  She will continue to have an appointment with the Department of Physical Therapy and we welcome ongoing collaborations with Dina and her new team.

Dina is an internationally renowned researcher and cardiorespiratory expert, and has been leading and teaching the cardiorespiratory curriculum content in the Department since 1990.  She has taught over 2000 entry to practice PT students, and an exceptional number of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. As Graduate Coordinator, she has also mentored numerous junior faculty members and graduate students for the last ten years at the multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Sciences Institute/Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science. 

Dina has made a substantial impact to our profession through her roles in physiotherapy education, research and practice. Her mission is to lead clinically integrated robust research in pulmonary rehabilitation, with the ultimate goal of improving function and promoting health and well-being in individuals with chronic lung disease. As a passionate leader in the cardiorespiratory field, she hopes to generate strong evidence base practices, establish platforms for knowledge translation, and train the next generation of clinician scientists.

Some of Dina’s recent accomplishments include:  Scientific Editor of Physiotherapy Canada and chaired the Scientific Committee of the World Congress of Physical Therapy Congress in 2017 in South Africa; Queen’s Jubilee Medal for the impact of her research on the lives of individuals with lung disease;  a Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences the highest honor that recognizes international leadership, academic performance and scientific creativity; and the Enid Graham Award (highest honor in Canadian Physiotherapy Association).  In the last 5 years, she has held grants from Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) and other organizations as principal investigator totaling over $3.5 million dollars and published over 125 peer reviewed publications (with almost 300 lifetime peer reviewed publications).  Dina also held the role of Vice-Chair, Advancement and Community Engagement in the Department of Physical Therapy.

We are excited for Dina as she embarks on the next stage of her career, however, she will be missed dearly by the Department of Physical Therapy and the University of Toronto overall.