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Dr. Gary Linassi BSc, BMedSc, MB, FRCPC Provincial Department Head, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Research Areas

  • Gaps in the provision of health care delivery to people with spinal cord injury who are living in the community
  • Falls in people with amputations
  • Undergraduate medical education

About Dr. Gary Linassi

Education

  • BSc(Hons) Geology, University of Saskatchewan
  • BMedSc MB Medicine, National University of Ireland, Cork
  • FRCPC Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Saskatchewan

Biography

After spending 10 years working as a geologist in the Canadian arctic (and throughout the rest of Canada), my interests turned to medicine.  I completed medical school in Ireland in beautiful Cork City at the University College Cork, a campus of the National University of Ireland.  My residency brought me back to Saskatoon, where I completed the training requirements in the speciality of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  Apart from working at the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre for one year, I have been a Professor at the University of Saskatchewan since receiving my Fellowship. 

I have held a number of administrative positions in our Department including Director of the Undergraduate and Post Graduate education programs, Assistant Dean Undergraduate Medical Education and most recently, Acting Department Head.  My clinical interests are primarily neuro-rehabilitation with a focus on Spinal Cord Injury, but I also provide care to people with amputations.  My research parallels my interest in these two clinical areas and undergraduate medical education as well.

Clinical Interests

  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Amputation
  • ALS

Selected Publications

  • Arora T, Musselman KE, Lanovaz J, Linassi G, Arnold C, Milosavljevic S, Oates A. Walking stability during normal walking and its association with slip intensity among individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury. PMR. [accepted July 2018]
  • Allin S, Shepherd J, Tomasone J, Munce S, Linassi G, Hossain SN, Jaglal S. Participatory design of an online self-management tool for users with spinal cord injury: qualitative study. JMIR Rehabil Assist Technol. 2018; 5(1): e6
  • Rivers CS, Fallah N, Noonan VK, Whitehurst DGT, Schwartz C, Finkelstein J, Craven BC, Ethans K, O’Connell C, Truchon C, Ho C, Linassi AG, Short C, Tsai E, Drew B, Ahn H, Dvorak MF, Paquet J, Fehlings MG, Noreau L, RHSCIR Network. Health conditions: impact on function, health-related quality of life, and life satisfaction following traumatic spinal cord injury. A prospective observational registry cohort study. Archives PMR. 2018; 99(3): 443-451.
  • Craven CB, Kurban D, Farahani F, Rivers CS, Ho C, Linassi AG, Gagnon DH, O’Connell C, Ethans K, Bouyer LJ, Noonan VK, RHSCIR Network. Predicting rehabilitation length of stay in Canada: It’s not just about impairment. J Spinal Cord Med. 2017; 40(6): 676-686.
  • Munce SEP, Allin S, Wolfe DL, Anzai K, Linassi G, Noonan VK, Jaglal SB. Using the theoretical domains framework to guide the development of a self-management program for individuals with spinal cord injury: results from a national stakeholder advisory group. J Spinal Cord Med. 2017; 40(6): 687-695.
  • Ahn H, Lewis R, Santos A, Cheng CL, Noonan VK, Dvorak MF, Singh A, Linassi AG, Christie S, Goytan M, Atkins D. Forecasting financial resources for future traumatic spinal cord injury care using simulation modeling. J Neurotrauma. 2017, 34(20): 2917-2923. Published online: 24 August 2017.
  • Cheng CL, Plashkes T, Shen T, Fallah N, Humphreys S, O’Connell C, Linassi AG, Ho C, Short C, Ethans K, Charbonneau R, Paquet J, Noonan VK, RHSCIR Network. Does specialized inpatient rehabilitation affect whether or not people with traumatic spinal cord injury return home? J Neurotrauma. 2017, 34(20): 2867-2876. Published online: 24 May 2017.
  • Noonan VK, Chan E, Santos A, Soril L, Lewis R, Singh A, Cheng CL, O'Connell C, Truchon C, Paquet J, Christie S, Ethans K, Tsai E, Ford MH, Drew B, Linassi G, Bailey C, Fehlings MG, RHSCIR Network.  Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury Care in Canada: A Survey of Canadian Centres. J Neurotrauma. 2017, 34(20): 2848-2855. Published online: 18 May 2017.
  • Rohatinsky N, Goodridge D, Rogers MR, Nickel D, Linassi AG. Shifting the balance: conceptualizing empowerment in individuals with spinal cord injury. Health & Social Care in the Community. 2017 Mar;25(2):769-779.  DOI: 10.1111/hsc.12370. Epub 2016 Jul 11.
  • Evaniew N, Noonan V, Fallah N, Kwon BK, Ahn H, Bailey C, Christie S, Fourney DR, Hurlbert RJ, Linassi G, Fehlings M, Dvorak MF. RHSCIR Network. Methylprednisolone for the treatment of patients with acute spinal cord injuries: A propensity score-matched cohort study from a Canadian multicenter spinal cord registry. Journal of Neurotrauma. 2015;32(21):1674-83.
  • Dvorak MF, Noonan VK, Fallah N, Fisher CG, Finkelstein J, Kwon BK, Rivers CS, Ahn H, Paquet J, Tsai EC, Townson A, Attabib J, Bailey CS, Christie SD, Drew B, Fourney DR, Fox R, Hurlbert RJ, Johnson MG, Linassi AG, Parent S, Fehlings M. The influence of time from injury to surgery on motor recovery and length of hospital stay in acute traumatic spinal cord injury: an observational Canadian cohort study. Journal of Neurotrauma. 2015;32(9):645-654.
  • Goodridge D, Rogers M, Klassen L, Jeffery B, Knox K, Rohatinsky N, Linassi G. Access to health and support services: perspectives of people living with a long-term traumatic spinal cord injury in rural and urban areas. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2015;37(16):1401-10. Pubmed PMID: 25332089.
  • Dvorak MF, Noonan VK, Fallah N, Fisher CG, Rivers CS, Ahn H, Tsai EC, Linassi AG, et al. Minimizing errors in acute traumatic spinal cord injury trials by acknowledging the heterogeneity of spinal cord anatomy and injury severity: an observational Canadian cohort analysis. Journal of Neurotrama. 2014;31(18):1540-7.
  • Knox KB, Rohatinsky N, Rogers M, Goodridge D, Linassi G. Access to traumatic spinal cord injury care in Saskatchewan, Canada: A qualitative study on community healthcare provider perspectives. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies. 2014;3(3):83-103. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.15353/cjds.v3i3

 

Abstracts

  • Kushneriuk B, Nickel D, Linassi G, Schellenberg K. Reasons for accessing multidisciplinary amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) care: a qualitative study. Poster presented at the 67th CAPM&R Annual Scientific Meeting, Ottawa ON, May 2019.
  • Linassi G, Goodridge D, Jaglal S, Munce S, Nickel D, Rohatinsky N, Wolfe D. Self-management amongst adults living with spinal cord injury: cross-sectional survey of persons with spinal cord injury and healthcare providers. Poster presented at the 66th CAPM&R Annual Scientific Meeting, Whitehorse YK, May-June 2018.
  • Embree C, Nickel D, Linassi G. Rehabilitation outcomes amongst people with high body mass: a retrospective case series. Poster presented at the 65th CAPM&R Annual Scientific Meeting, Niagara ON, May 2017.
  • Linassi G, Kennedy R, Kleisinger A. Atypical cause for neuropathic pain in a person with a chronic traumatic spinal cord injury. Poster presented at the 64th CAPM&R Annual Scientific Meeting, London ON, May 2016.  Received an honourable mention in the case reports category. 
  • Linassi G, Rogers M, Nickel D. Self-management amongst persons living with spinal cord injury in the community: Preliminary results from an online survey. Poster presented at the 64th CAPM&R Annual Scientific Meeting, London ON, May 2016. 
  • Rudachyk L, Chrusch W, Linassi G. Medical student reflections highlight experiential learning about disability through Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation skills days: A qualitative analysis. Poster presented at the 64th CAPM&R Annual Scientific Meeting, London ON, May 2016. 
  • Rudachyk L, Nickel D, Trinder K, Chrusch W, Linassi G. Introducing Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation skills into a medical school curriculum: A quantitative analysis of hands-on experiential learning about disability. Poster presented at the 64th CAPM&R Annual Scientific Meeting, London ON, May 2016.  Second place award for Education category.
  • MacDonald C, Benstead T, Briemberg H, Genge A, Grant I, Johnston W, Kalra S, Linassi G, Massie R, Melanson M, O’Connell C, Shoesmith C, Taylor S, Worley S, Zinman L, Korngut L, on behalf of the CNDR Investigator Network. Insights in ALS in Canada: Updates from the CNDR. Poster presented at the ALS Canada Research Forum, Toronto ON, April 2016.
  • Finkelstein J, Noonan VK, Fallah N, Ho C, Tsai EC, Rivers CS, Truchon C, Linassi AG, O'Connell C, Townson A, Ahn H, Drew B, Dvorak M, Fehlings MG, Schwartz C, Noreau L. Factors influencing health status and quality of life in Canadians living with a traumatic spinal cord. Presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of the International Society for Quality of Life Research, Vancouver BC, October 2015.
  • Khalil W, Linassi G, Wunder S. Increasing resident feedback during academic half-day. Poster presented at the 2015 International Conference on Residency Education, Vancouver, October 2015.
  • Linassi G, Rogers M, Nickel D. Re-hospitalization of adults with spinal cord injury living in the community: a retrospective cohort analysis. Poster presented at the 63rd CAPM&R Annual Scientific Meeting, Vancouver, May 2015.
  • Munce SEP, Wolfe D, Noonan VK, Hamilton L, Linassi G, Anzai K, Jaglal SB. Barriers and enablers for a self-management program for individuals with spinal cord injury: results from a national stakeholder advisory group. Poster presented at the 63rd CAPM&R Annual Scientific Meeting, Vancouver, May 2015.
  • Wolfe D, Munce S, Noonan V, Hamilton L, Linassi G, Anzai K, Jaglal S. Development and initial validation of a pan-Canadian self-management program for spinal cord injury. Poster presented at the 63rd CAPM&R Annual Scientific Meeting, Vancouver, May 2015.
  • Wunder S, Kraushaar J, Khalil W, Linassi G, Nickel D. Primary care confidence with spinal cord injury care in the community. Poster presented at the 63rd CAPM&R Annual Scientific Meeting, Vancouver, May 2015.
  • Knox K, Linassi G, Rogers M, Goodridge D, Rohatinsky N. Rural vs. urban comparisons of provider perspectives of care for people with spinal cord injury. Poster presented at the 7th International Symposium: Safety & Health in Agricultural & Rural Populations: Global Perspectives (SHARP), Saskatoon, Oct 2014.
  • Rohatinsky N, Goodridge D, Rogers M, Knox K, Linassi G. Accessing health services: a comparison between the views of healthcare providers and spinal cord injury clients. Poster presented at the 7th International Symposium: Safety & Health in Agricultural & Rural Populations: Global Perspectives (SHARP), Saskatoon, Oct 2014.