Christine Novak

Christine Novak

BSc(Kin), BSc(PT), MSc, PhD

Research Associate
Associate Professor


Christine Novak is an Associate Professor with the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto and a Research Associate at the Hospital for Sick Children. She has a Bachelor of Science (Honours Kinesiology) from the University of Waterloo. She has Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and a Master of Science degree from the University of Toronto. In 2010, she completed her PhD at the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. The title of her dissertation was "Biomedical and Psychosocial Factors Associated with Pain and Disability after Peripheral Nerve Injury".

Dr. Novak is a member of a number of professional organizations including the American Association for Hand Surgery (Affiliate Member), American Society for Surgery of the Hand (Affiliate member), American Society for Peripheral Nerve and Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for Hand Surgery and the American Society of Peripheral Nerve and the Executive Committee of the University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Hand Surgery, HAND and Physiotherapy Canada and an invited reviewer for a number of high impact peer review journals.

Her research focus is in the area of clinical outcomes and assessment of patients with musculoskeletal disorders, particularly nerve injury, nerve compression, cold sensitivity and factors related to upper extremity disability. She has numerous peer review publications and book chapters published in this specialty and has presented at many national and international meetings.

Areas of Specialty

Hand Surgery

Practice Hospital

Hospital for Sick Children




Practice Location

Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Ave, Rm 5421
Toronto, ON, M5G 1X8


416-813-7654 ext 202871


Referral Instructions
Research Interests

Clinical Outcomes, Measurement, Cold Sensitivity, Musculoskeletal disorders, Nerve injury & compression