Beverley Catharine Craven, BA, MSc, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Craven is the University of Toronto/University Health Network Cope Family Chair in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Rehabilitation Health Systems Innovation, Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program and Senior Scientist at KITE Research Institute within University Health Network. She is Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, with cross appointments in the Institutes of Health Policy Management and Evaluation and the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto. She is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the American Spinal Injury Association. She has clinical and research expertise in health services and medical rehabilitation to avoid fractures, pressure injury, diabetes and heart disease. She also leads the Pride in Patient Engagement in Research (PiPER) initiative at UHN.

She has published over 250 articles on related topics and obtained 25M CAD in research funding as a primary investigator.

External to University Health Network, Cathy is Chair of the Canadian SCI - Rehabilitation Association (, Evaluation Lead for the Ontario SCI Implementation and Evaluation Quality Care Consortium ( and a member of the OSSU Board of Directors (

Cathy has interacted with the health system as a patient, spouse, parent, daughter, sibling and health advocate of a loved one routinely interacting with the health system. She is a voracious reader and enjoys kayaking with her husband, son and labrador retriever. She is supported by a network of friends and former synchronized swimmers who keep her grounded.

My Research and Creative Professional Activities are focused on the following four themes:
1. Diagnosis & Medical Rehabilitation of Sublesional Osteoporosis after SCI
2. Analysis & Transformation of Healthcare, Services and Systems for Individuals with SCI
3. Delineating and Mitigating Multiple Morbidity Following Chronic SCI
4. Enabling Patient Engagement in Research to Inform our Learning Health System

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For a list of Dr. Craven's publications, please visit PubMed, ORCID or Scopus.

Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
Faculty member, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto