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Ottawa, Ontario
K1H 8M2
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Dr. Hillel M. Finestone

Dr. Hillel M. Finestone


  • Physiatrist and Electromyographer, The Rehabilitation Centre
  • Consultant, The Ottawa Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Division of of Ottawa
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Western Ontario

Clinical Areas

  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Treatment of Spinal
  • Post-Traumatic and Musculoligamentous Pain
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Electromyography

Research Interests

  • Driving and Stroke Issues
  • Nutrition, Dysphagia and Stroke
  • Effect of of Psycho-social Issues on Recovery from a Musculoskeletal Injury
  • Use of Virtual Reality in the Physical Rehabilitation of Stroke Patients



McGill University

Medical school

  • McGill U.-1979-1983
  • Family Med. Residency U of O-1983-85
  • PM&R Residency U of O- 1985-88


Research Fellowship, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1988-89

Selected Publications

  1. Teasell RN, McRae MP, Finestone HM. Social issues in the rehabilitation of younger stroke patients. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2000 Feb; 81 (2): 205-9.

  2. Finestone HM, Stenn P, Davies F, Stalker C, Fry R, Koumanis J. Chronic pain and health care utilization in women with a history of childhood sexual abuse. Child Abuse & Neglect 2000;24(4):547-556.

  3. Finestone HM. Safe feeding for the patients with stroke. The Lancet, May 13, 2000

  4. Teasell RW, McRrae MP, Foley N, Finestone HM. Use of percutaneous gastrojejunostomy feeding tubes in the rehabilitation of stroke patients. Arch Phys Med and Rehabil 2001 Oct; 82 (10); 1412-15.

  5. Finestone, HM. Foley NC, Woodbury MG, Greene-Finestone L. Quantifying Fluid Intake in Dysphagic Stroke Patients: A Preliminary Comparison of Oral Versus Non-Oral Strategies. Arch Phys Med and Rehabil. 2001; 82; 1744-46.

  6. Lo JK, Finestone HM, Gilbert K, Woodbury GM. Community-Based Referrals for Electrodiagnostic Studies in Patients with Possible Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: What is the diagnosis. Arch. Phys. Med. Rehabil., 2002;83:598-60.

  7. Teasell RW, Foley N, Doherty T, Finestone H. Clinical Characteristics of Patients with Brain Stem Stroke Admitted to a Rehabilitation Unit. Arch. Phys. Med. Rehabil., 2002;83:1013-6.

  8. Finestone HM, Woodbury MG, Foley NC, Teasell RW, Greene-Finestone LS. Tracking Clinical Improvement of Swallowing Disorders After Stroke. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, 2002;11: 23-27.

  9. Teasell R, Foley N, Fisher J, Finestone H. The Incidence, Management, and Complications of Dysphagia in Patients with Medullary Strokes Admitted to a Rehabilitation Unit. Dysphagia, 2002; 17:115-120.

  10. Finestone HM, Greene-Finestone LS, Foley NC, Woodbury MG. Measuring Longitudinally The Metabolic Demands of Stroke Patients - Resting Energy Expenditure Is Not Elevated. Stroke, 2003:34:502-507.

  11. Sveistrup H, McComas J, Thornton M, Marshall S, Finestone H, McCormick A, Babulic K, Mayhew A. Experimental Studies of Virtual Reality-Delivered Compared to Conventional Exercise Programs for Rehabilitation. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 2003;6:245-9.

  12. Finestone HM, Greene-Finestone LS. Diagnosis of Dysphagia and Its Nutritional Management for Stroke Patients. CMAJ 2003;169(10):1041-4

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