Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport
Rm 422 - 100 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON M5S 2C9 

Exercise and Cardiac Health Lab

PhD, University of Toronto, 1987
MSc, University of Toronto, 1983
BPHE, University of Toronto, 1981

Cardiac and hemodynamic response to prolonged exercise
Central and peripheral limitations to exercise
Cardiac rehabilitation
Exercise and heart failure  


Adjunct Scientist, UHN/MSH Division of Cardiology, Clinical Cardiovascular Research Laboratory
Associate Scientist, Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto
Associate Scientist, Toronto Rehabiltation Institute
Recent Publications

*Indicates research published by trainee

Wright* S, Granton JT, Esfandiari* S, Goodman J, & Mak S. (2016). The relationship of pulmonary vascular resistance and compliance to pulmonary artery wedge pressure during submaximal exercise in healthy older adults. J Physiol, 594: 3307–3315.


Goodman J, Banks* L, Thomas S, & Burr J. (2016). The Acute Risks of Exercise in Apparently Healthy Adults and Relevance for Prevention of Cardiovascular Events. Canadian J Cardiology, 32:523-532.


Wright* S, Sasson Z, Granton J, Chelvanathan A, Esfandiari* S, Fuchs P, Goodman J, & Mak S. (2016) The Pulmonary Artery Wedge Pressure Response to Submaximal Exercise is Time-variant in Healthy, Older Adults. Heart, 102: 438-443.    

Goodman, J., Banks*, L., Thomas, S. & Burr, J. (2016). The acute risks of exercise in apparently healthy adults and relevance for prevention of cardiovascular events. Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 32(4), 523-532.

O’Donnell*, E., Goodman, J. M., Morris, B., Floras, J. F. & Harvey, P. (2015). Augmented vagal heart rate modulation in active hypoestrogenic premenopausal women with functional hypothalamic amenorrhea. Clinical Science, 129(10), 885-893.

Wright*, S., Mak, S., Gray*, T., Sasson, Z., Chelvanathan, A., Esfandiari*, S., Fuchs, P. & Goodman, J. M. (2015). Left atrial phasic function interacts to support left ventricular filling during exercise in healthy athletes. Journal of Applied Physiology, 119(4), 328-33.

Alter DA, O’Sullivan M, Oh PI, Redelmeier DA, Marzolini S, Liu R, Forhan M, Silver M, Goodman J, & Bartel L. (2015). Synchronized personalized music audio-playlists to improve adherence to physical activity among patients participating in a structured exercise program: a proof-of-principle feasibility study. Sports Medicine Open, 1(1), 23.

O’Donnell E*, Goodman J, Mak S, Murai H, Floras J, & Harvey P. (2015). Discordant Orthostatic Reflex Renin-Angiotensin and Sympathoneural Responses in Premenopausal Exercising-Hypoestrogenic Women. In press, Hypertension, 65: 1089-1095.

Mitchell M, Goodman J, Alter D, Oh P, Faulkner G. (2016). The feasibility of financial incentives to increase exercise among canadian cardiac rehabilitation patients. J Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prev, 36:28-32.

Mitchell* M, Goodman J, Alter D, Oh P, & Faulkner G. (2015). Development of the Health Incentive Program Questionnaire (HIP-Q) in a cardiac rehabilitation population. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 5(4):443-459.

Current Graduate Students

Ryan Sless (Msc)

Marianne Skrinjar (MSc)

Shira Sasson (MSc)

Marc Mitchell (PhD - co-supervisor, Guy Faulkner)

Rob Lakin (PhD)

Sam Esfandiari (PhD)

Steve Wright (PhD)

Laura Banks (Post-doc)

Recent Graduate Students

Adam McKillop (MSc 2011) - Endothelial Disruption and Particle Formation in Hyperbaric Conditions

Rob Lakin (MSc 2012) - Autonomic and vascular effects of interval training

Sam Esfandiari (MSc 2012) - Left ventricular adaptations after high-intensity vs. continuous aerobic training

Emma O’Donnell (PhD 2013) - Women and cardiovascular function: role of estrogen in vascular health in menopausal women

Steve Wright (MSc 2013) - Ventricular and Atrial Function during Vigorous Exercise

Taylor Gray (MSc 2013) - Prolonged Exercise and Left Ventricular Dysfunction

Other Interests
Children’s summer camp
Outdoor education  

Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Canadian Cardiovascular Society
Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
Cardiovascular Sciences Collaborative Program, University of Toronto 
Heart & Stroke/Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence, University of Toronto

Ontario Camps Association
R.Tait McKenzie Honour Society