The Spine Therapy Network Executive consists of members from the surgical, medical, therapeutic and business community.

The Role of the Executive

• To oversee the direction of the Network.

• To provide input and direction to the Network management team.

• To ensure that the Network’s actions are consistent with its mandate and mission statement.

• Assists in developing sustainable financing for the Network.

• To oversee the effectiveness of the Scientific Advisory Council.

• To approve recommendations for the Scientific Advisory Council.

Terms of Reference

An Executive is appointed for a 3 year term. Following the completion of the 1st term an Executive may be appointed for additional 1 year terms which are subsequently renewed on an annual basis for a maximum of 3 years.

Members of the Executive

CHAIR: Dr. Michael G. Fehlings MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS


Maureen Dwight RPT, BScPT 

Dr. Sukhvinder Kalsi-Ryan RPT, BScPT, MSc, PhD



Michael-Fehlings-casual-porMichael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS Professor of Neurosurgery Vice Chair Research, Department of Surgery Halbert Chair in Neural Repair and Regeneration Co-Chairman Spinal Program, University of Toronto Senior Scientist McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine Head of Spinal Program, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network

Dr. Fehlings combines an active clinical practice in complex spinal surgery with a translationally-oriented research program focused on discovering novel treatments for the injured brain and spinal cord. Dr. Fehlings leads a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, which is examining the application of stem cells, nanotechnology and tissue engineering strategies for spinal cord repair and regeneration. He is also a principal investigator in the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation North American Clinical Trials Network (NACTN), is co-chair of the internationally renowned Spine Trauma Study Group and leads several international clinical research efforts through AOSpine.


Founding Member, Spine Therapy Network

Clinician Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – UHN

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy

Special Interests: Outcome Measurement, Upper Limb Recovery in Tetraplegia, Traumatic and Non Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury, Quantification of Neurological Disorders

Dr. Kalsi-Ryan, a clinician scientist in the field of traumatic spinal cord injury and spinal pathology, has been an active clinician and researcher at the University Health Network in the Spine Program for 19 years and now in the Brain and Spinal Cord Program. She is a Licensed Physical Therapist who has been involved in the rehabilitation care of both ambulatory and non-ambulatory patients. In addition to her clinical work she conducts clinical research; focused on outcomes of spine and SCI interventions. Her research is oriented to establishing quantification methods and neuro-restorative methods to enhance/optimize function for those with neurological impairment. She provides academic teaching within the Neurosurgical Resident training program and Physical Therapy program.

Vision: to see the excellence in spine care offered by her surgical peers become a recognized skill set by the rehabilitation spine community.   

Maureen Dwight, R.MaureenDwight_STNP.T., B.Sc. PT, MCPA, Clinical Musculoskeletal Specialist Clinic Director, The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic Advanced Spinal Practitioner ISAEC Education Influential IWH, Adjunct Lecturer, University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy

Special interests: Chronic, recurrent and complex spinal rehabilitation. Post-operative spinal care, scoliosis and spinal related oncology rehabilitation. Maureen Dwight is the clinic director and an active clinician in spinal care at The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic for over 28 years. She is a licensed physiotherapist who has been involved in the acute care hospital setting, rehabilitation care and private clinical physiotherapy for spinal care. She was one of the first physiotherapists in Canada to receive the designation of Clinical Musculoskeletal Specialist. For over 10 years she has been recognized and received the designation of an ‘Educational Influential’ in physiotherapy by the Institute for Work and Health (IWH). She is committed to improving outcomes and education for spine-related conditions.

Vision: To see the level of conservative spinal care rise by promoting knowledge, networks and opportunities for research.