Associate Professor

David Berbrayer

Medicine (DEPMD)


Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Avenue, Room UG 25, Toronto, Ontario Canada M4N 3M5
Research Interests
Movement Science, Rehabilitation Health Services Studies, Social and Cognitive Rehabilitation Sciences, Amputee Management, Back Pain Management, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida
MSc, PhD

Dr. David Berbrayer is Head of Division of Physiatry at Sunnybrook Health Science’s Centre, a University of Toronto teaching hospital. He is involved in teaching both at the undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Berbrayer’s special interest includes research in amputee management, back pain management, cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Dr. Berbrayer’s clinical interests include management of musculoskeletal disorders, and adult complex chronic neurological diseases with a focus on functional restoration.

Dr Berbrayer has held several leadership positions: President of the medical staff of Bloorview Macmillan Center, Vice President and Chief of Staff of Lyndhurst Hospital, and Head Division of Physiatry at Sunnybrook Hospital. In 2005, Dr Berbrayer completed a Physician Leadership Program in Department of Health Care Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Berbrayer is also the only academic physiatrist at Bloorview Kids Rehab, a University of Toronto teaching hospital and the largest children’s rehab in Toronto. Dr. Berbrayer is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of medical specialties in physiatry. Dr. Berbrayer is Chairman of Section of PM&R of the Ontario Medical Association. He is vice chair of the Continuing Professional Development Committee of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (CAPM&R) and active member of the education and research committee of CAPM&R. Dr.Berbrayer is chair of the membership committee Association of Academic Physiatrist.

Dr. Berbrayer is a member of the faculty of Canadian Life Care Planners and has actively lectured across Canada. Dr. Berbrayer is the first physiatrist to have completed the Master Teacher Program at the University of Toronto. Dr. Berbrayer is involved in a partnership with University of Montreal for a web based education program in physiatry and insurance. Dr. Berbrayer has completed PMI-1 -4 and refresher of the CMA.

Recent Publications

  1. The Impact of Introducing a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Trauma Consultation Service to an Academic Level 1 Trauma Center.
    Robinson LR, Tam AKH, MacDonald SL, Hanada EY, Berbrayer D, Abdullahi A, Camilotti BG, Tien H.
    Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2019 Jan;98(1):20-25.
  2. Poster 503 Association Between Functional Assessment of Patients and Their Outcomes: A Systematic Review.Annaswamy TM, Roth EJ, Houtrow AJ, Berbrayer D, Frontera WR, Heinemann A, Chan L, Sandel B, Ireland B.
    PM R. 2016 Sep;8(9S):S323-S324.
  3. Poster 100 Melanoma in Lower Limb Deformity- M.I.L.D. Physiatry Assessment and Treatment.
    Berbrayer D.
    PM R. 2016 Sep;8(9S):S194. 
  4. Controversies of Scoliosis Management in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
    Berbrayer D.
    PM R. 2016 Sep;8(9S):S151-S152. 
  5. Brain Gaming: A User's Product Guide for the Clinician.
    Kletzel SL, Cary MP Jr, Ciro C, Berbrayer D, Dawson D, Hoffecker L, Machtinger J, Pham P, Thai M, Heyn PC.
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Aug;97(8):1399-400.