Mark Bayley

Department of Medicine


Toronto Rehab - University Centre - UHN
550 University Ave., Toronto, Ontario Canada M5G 2A2
Research Interests
Rehabilitation, Brain Injury, Stroke, Knowledge Translation, Health Services Quality
MSc, PhD, Postdoc

Mark Bayley is Program Medical Director & Physiatrist-in-Chief at UHN-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. He is a Professor at the University of Toronto in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine. Mark has held a number of health system leadership roles including Chair of the Stroke Evaluation Committee at Corhealth Ontario, Brain injury committee at Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, the Canadian Stroke Best Practices committee and the Vice Chair of the GTA Rehab Network. His work has help redesign rehabilitation systems in Canada. He has led large randomized controlled trials including the Stroke Canada Optimization of Rehabilitation by evidence (SCORE), Fluoxetine to open the Window of Stroke Recovery (FLOW) study, the Getting on with Life after stroke and the EVREST (Efficacy of Virtual Reality Exercises using Wii gaming technology in STroke Rehabilitation). He has been very interested in implementing evidence at a health system level in the areas of stroke and brain injury initially through  development of stroke rehabilitation guidelines then a leadership role in development of Canadian Stroke strategy (, a smartphone app to determine post stroke arm rehabilitation ( and guidelines for concussion and traumatic brain injury ( He is also actively involved in research to promote neurological recovery.

Recent Publications

  1. Physical performance outcome measures used in exercise interventions for adults with childhood-onset disabilities: A scoping review. DOI: 10.3233/NRE-203250
  2. A Promising Subject-Level Classification Model for Acute Concussion Based on Cerebrovascular Reactivity Metrics. DOI: 10.1089/neu.2020.7272
  3. Promoting early treatment for mild traumatic brain injury in primary care with a guideline implementation tool: a pilot cluster randomised trial. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-035527
  4. Transitional Care Interventions for Youth With Disabilities: A Systematic Review. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2020-0187
  5. Higher Doses Improve Walking Recovery During Stroke Inpatient Rehabilitation. DOI: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.120.029245

Honours and Awards

  1. The Communicative Access Award – Sept 2014
    Member of the Canadian Stroke and Aphasia Team, Aphasia Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Distinction)
    Recognition of outstanding contributions to reducing barriers to full life participation for those living with aphasia. The Canadian Stroke and Aphasia Team is recognized for their innovative collaboration and leadership in contributing to the development of nine new guidelines that are now included in the Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations.
  2. Saunderson Family Chair in Acquired Brain injury Research – Jul 2014 - Jun 2019
    UHN-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Research Award, Specialty: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
    This Research Chair is awarded for support of Research in the field of Acquired Brain injury Rehabilitation. Total Amount: 375,000 CAD
  3. Award of Merit – Jun 2014
    Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Canada. (Distinction, Specialty: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
    Recognition for outstanding and exemplary achievement, character and contributions to the field of physiatry.