Heather MacKenzie, MD; MSc
Assistant Professor, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
Acquired and Traumatic Brain Injury
Dr. Heather MacKenzie is a physiatrist at Parkwood Institute and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University. She completed her residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Western University and subsequently earned a Master’s of Science degree in Epidemiology at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
Her research program focuses on predicting outcomes after concussion/mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Although concussions/mTBIs are common and the majority of symptoms resolve within three months, a significant proportion of individuals remain symptomatic beyond one year. These persistent symptoms result in mobility challenges and reduced participation in instrumental activities of daily living as well as vocational and leisure activities. Dr. MacKenzie’s current research focuses on identifying patients that are at high-risk for developing persistent symptoms from concussion/mTBI so that interventions can be prioritized and rehabilitation services can be quickly mobilized. Early intervention for those expected to have a prolonged recovery has the potential to alter their trajectory and optimize their potential for a positive outcome and may also reduce the occurrence of persistent symptoms and decrease secondary disability related to their injury.