Thornton, Jane

Dr. Jane Thornton

MD PhD CCFP Dip Sport Med (IOC)


Adjunct Professor, School of Kinesiology, Western University (London, Ontario)

Clinical Fellow, Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic, Western University (London, Ontario)


Research Interests

  • Physical Activity Prescription
  • Sports Cardiology
  • Female Athlete Health
  • Injury and Illness Prevention in Sport


Dr. Jane Thornton (MD PhD) is a Clinician-Researcher currently engaged as a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellow at the Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic at Western University in London, Ontario. She specializes in medical education surrounding physical activity for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, and lectures at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. She led the development of CASEM’s Consensus Statement on physical activity prescription in 2016, endorsed by national sport medicine societies in 10 different countries around the world.

Dr. Thornton has helped launch several initiatives to promote physical activity, including the Make Your Day Harder project with Dr. Mike Evans, the inaugural Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine Medicine Through Movement conference, and My Active Ingredient, a peer-to-peer collaborative framework on the best evidence on physical activity for health. Her international roles include serving as Medical and Scientific Expert for the International Olympic Committee’s Active Well-being Initiative as well as Scientific Committee Member for the 2020 IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport. She also serves as Deputy Editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Dr. Thornton has also represented Canada for over a decade in the sport of elite rowing, becoming both a World Champion (2006) and Olympian (2008).