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Clinician Scientist, Canada Research Chair in Injury Prevention and Physical Activity for Health, Sport Medicine Physician, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

Dr. Jane Thornton MD PhD CCFP(SEM) Dip Sport Physician (IOC)

Dr. Jane Thornton is a Clinician Scientist specializing in health innovation, medical education and advocacy for physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.

Dr. Thornton has launched several initiatives to promote physical activity, including the Make Your Day Harder project with Dr. Mike Evans, the inaugural Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine Medicine Through Movement conference, and My Active Ingredient, an initiative curating physical activity resources for patients in a peer-to-peer collaborative framework.

Dr. Thornton’s international roles include serving as Medical and Scientific Expert for the International Olympic Committee’s Active Well-being Initiative as well as Scientific Committee Member for the 2020 IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport. She also serves as Editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Thornton represented Canada for over a decade in the sport of elite rowing, becoming both a World Champion (2006) and Olympian (2008), and has been recognized with the 2015 AthletesCan Social Responsibility Award for her contribution to society by sport/volunteer initiatives.


  • –present
    Clinician Scientist, Sport Medicine Physician, Western University


  • 2014 
    University of Toronto , MD