Deborah Kopansky-Giles MSc, DC
Assistant Professor
Contact Info
St. Michael's Hospital
80 Bond Street
Toronto, ON, M5B 1X2
Graduate Students
Research Interests
Health Service Delivery, Electronic Medical Records, Ethnography, Disadvantaged Populations, Case Studies, Generic Qualitative, Mixed Methods, Survey Methods, Qualitative Data Analysis, Education Research, Musculoskeletal Health

Academic Appointments:
1. Professor, Graduate Education and Research, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
2. Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto

1. Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (1978) University of Western Ontario
2. Doctor of Chiropractic (1982) Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
3. Master of Science (2010) University of Bournemouth, England

Career Highlights:
Offices in Professional Associations:
- Member of Council, World Federation of Chiropractic (2004 - present)
- Governor, Canadian Chiropractic Association (2001-05)
- Director, Ontario Chiropractic Association (1992-2001)

Memberships on Public/Professional Advisory Agencies/Group
- Secretary – Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health of the Bone and Joint Decade – Executive Committee of the International Coordinating Council (2015 – present)
- Co-Chair – Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health of the Bone and Joint Decade – International Education Task Force (2015 – present)
- Member – MOHLTC Neck and Low Back Pain Quality Based Pathway Clinical Expert Advisory Committee (2014 - 2016)
- Co-Chair – College of Family Physicians Canada – Collaborator Role Working Group (2013 – 2016)
- Member – MOHTLC – Low Back Pain Education Planning Committee (2012-2013)
- Member – International Coordinating Council – UN Bone and Joint Decade – Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health (2010 - present)
- Member – Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association Editorial Board (2007 – present)
- Peer Reviewer – Journal of Interprofessional Care – (2007 – present)
- Peer Reviewer – Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (2007 to present)
- Member – Ontario HIV Treatment Network – Ontario Cohort Study Working Group (2007-08)
- Member – Health Services Advisory Committee – 2006 International AIDS Conference, Toronto, (2005-2006)
- Member – International Steering Committee - Chiropractic Strategic Planning for the Next 25 Years:  An Action Plan for Grounding Chiropractic Cultural Authority. (2005-2007)
- National Liaison – Bone and Joint Canadian Action Network –UN Bone and Joint Decade (2003-7)
- Member – Ontario HIV Treatment Network – Health Services and Access to Care Working Group, (2003-5)
- Member – RAC/ACC Conference Peer Review Committee (2003 to 2015)
- Member – Accident Benefits Advisory Committee – Financial Services Commission of Ontario – Appointed by Minister of Finance (2001 – 2003) (2004-2006)
- Co-Chair – Ontario Rehabilitation Council (2002-2006)
Major consultations, In-service workshops and Organization of Conference:
- Member – International Conference on Integrated Care, Scientific Committee (2016 – present)
- Member – 4th World Congress on Integrated Care, Scientific Committee (2015 - 2016)
- Member - University of Toronto, DFCM Conference Planning Committee (2014 – present)
- Member – Canadian Chiropractic Association National Conference Planning Committee (2014 – 2015)
- Member – Bone and Joint Decade/Norway National Action Network World Network Meeting (2015)  Planning Committee
- Member – Bone and Joint Decade – World Network Meeting – London, UK, October 2014
- Member – Canadian Chiropractic Specialties Conference – Toronto, November 2013
- Member – Bone and Joint Decade – World Network Meeting – Rio de Janeiro, 2013
- Member -  Bone and Joint Decade – World Network Meeting – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 2012
- Member – Canadian Chiropractic Specialties Conference – Toronto, 2012
- Member – Canadian Chiropractic Specialties Conference – Toronto, 2011
- Member – National Health Science Students Association Annual Conference – Toronto 2011
- Member – WFC Xth Biennial Congress Conference Co-Chair – Montreal, 2009
- Member – Health and Medical Services Committee – XVI International AIDS Conference – Toronto 2006

- Member – University of Toronto, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Mentorship Advisory Group (2016 – present)
- Member – St. Michael’s Hospital, DFCM, Practice Based Research Network Steering Committee (2015 to present)
- Member – Professional (Faculty) Development Committee – University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Dept. Family and Community Medicine (2015 – present)
- Member – Clinical Steering Committee – Centre for Integrative Medicine, University of Toronto, (2013 – present)
- Representative – Health Professional Educators Representative, DFCM, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (2014 – present)
- Chair – Health Disciplines Interprofessional Competencies Committee – St. Michael’s Hospital (2013 – present)
- Member – Health Disciplines Advisory Committee – St. Michael’s Hospital (2013 – present) 
- Member – Education Council – St. Michael’s Hospital (2011- 2012)


Research Synopsis

My areas of research interest include:
- Interprofessional education models (development, curriculum, delivery)
- Integrated models of health care delivery
- Interprofessional management of musculoskeletal conditions

Mixed methods (quantitative, qualitative)
Survey development, design and implementation


1. Barrigar M. Fowler M. Kopansky-Giles D.  “Musculoskeletal complaint triage to on-site chiropractic care as a strategy for improving access to physician services at an aboriginal health access centre: preliminary data collection”. Funded by the Ontario Chiropractic Association, August 1, 2014-2016.  Amount: $15,500.00.
2. Haldeman S, Outerbridge G, Hurwitz E, Kopansky-Giles D. Nordin M, Chou R. Global Spine Care Initiative.  Funded by the Skoll Foundation.  2014-2016 Amount: $250,000.00
3. Chang, YL,  Glazier R, Kopansky-Giles D, Peranson J, Ghatan K. "PAASSPORT: Primary care advance access study - spreading the practice and optimizing interprofessional resources and treatment. IFPOC (Innovation Funds Provincial Oversight Committee). April 2011. $173,866.80
4. Peranson J., Kopansky-Giles D. Teaching an interprofessional approach to the management of musculoskeletal problems in primary care.  Funded by University of Toronto, Education Dean’s Fund and Faculty of Medicine. 2009 – 2010.  Amount: $19,500.00.
5. Kopansky-Giles D., O'Neill J, Vernon H, Steiman I, Boon H, Kelly M, Berger P, Tynan AM.  “Integration of chiropractic into a primary-care, hospital based setting”, funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. 2004 – 2007.  Amount: $679,500.

Publications and Awards

Recent Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:
1. Chehade M, Gill T, Kopansky-Giles D, Schuwirth L, Karnon J, McLiesh P, Alleyne J, Woolf AD.  Building multidisciplinary health workforce capacity to support the implementation of integrated, people centred models of care for musculoskeletal health.  Best Practice in Research and Clinical Rheumatology.   Accepted for publication, August 2016.
2. Haldeman S, Nordin M, Brady O, Outerbridge G, Hondras M, Kopansky-Giles D, Cote P, DaSilva S, Mongeon M, Eberspaecher S, Acaroglu E, Mmopelwa T, Hurwitz E  Global Forum: Spine research in underserved, low income and culturally unique communities.  The WSC Charity Research Program – Challenges and Facilitators.  Accepted for publication, August 2016.
3. Haldeman S,  Nordin M, Outerbridge G, Hurwitz E, Hondras M, Brady O, Kopansky-Giles D, Ford T, Acaroğlu E.  Creating A Sustainable Model Of Spine Care In Underserved Communities: The World Spine Care (WSC) Charity. The Spine Journal.  Published online: June 18, 2015.
4. Wong J, DiLoreto L, Kara A, Yu K, Mattia A, Soave D, Weyman K, Kopansky-Giles D.  Assessing the change in attitudes, knowledge and perspectives of medical students to chiropractic after an educational intervention.  Journal of Chiropractic Education October 2014;28(2):112-122.
5. Wong JJ, DiLoreto L, Kara A, Yu K, Mattia A, Souve D, Weyman K, Kopansky-Giles D. Assessing the knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of medical students to chiropractic. Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association JCCA  2013;57(1):18-31.
6. Johnson C, Rubinstein SM, Cote P, Hestbaek L, Injeyan HS, Puhl A, Green B, Napuli JG, Dunn AS, Dougherty P, Killinger LZ, Page SA, Stites JS, Ramcharan M, Leach RA, Byrd LD, Redwood D, Kopansky-Giles DR.  Chiropractic care and public health: answering difficult questions about safety, care through the lifespan and community action.  JMPT 2012;35(7):493-513. 
7. Haldeman S, Kopansky-Giles D, Hurwitz E, Hoy D, Erwin WM, Dagenais S, Kawchuk G, Stromqvist B, Walsh N.  Advancements in the Management of Spine Disorders. Best Practice and Research in Clinical Rheumatology 2012;26;263-280.
8. Triano, J, Goertz C, Murphy D, Weeks J, Kopansky-Giles D, Morgan W.  Chiropractic in the United States: Toward a Strategic Plan for Professional Renewal.  JMPT 2010;33(5)395-405.
9. Kopansky-Giles D, Vernon H, Boon H, Steiman I, ONeill J, Berger P, Kelly M.  Inclusion of a CAM therapy (chiropractic care) for the management of musculoskeletal pain in an integrative, inner city, hospital-based primary care setting.  J Alternative Medicine Research, 2010;2(1)61-74.

Book Chapters:
1. Kopansky-Giles D, Vernon H, Boon H, Steiman I, Kelly M, Kachan N.  Management of musculoskeletal pain in an integrative, inner city, hospital-based primary care setting: Inclusion of chiropractic care.  Chapter 23.  Pain: International Research in Pain Management 2013.  Nova Book Publishers.

2. Kopansky-Giles D., Walker B., Borges S. Integration of chiropractic in multidisciplinary and hospital based settings. Chapter 12, Principles and Practice of Chiropractic, Scott Haldeman ed. 2005, McGraw Hill, 1165-79.

Honours and Awards

1. Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Excellence in Faculty Development Award. – April 2016 (Deborah Kopansky-Giles and Judith Peranson) 
2. WFC Biennial Congress – First Place Student Research Award, Athens, Greece – May 2015.
3. Canadian Chiropractic Association – Medal of Merit – November 2014
4. ACC/RAC Conference – First Place Research Paper Award (as faculty supervisor) – March 2014 
5. Ontario Chiropractic Association – Chiropractor of the Year Award – December 2013
6. St. Michael’s Hospital – Health Disciplines Scholarship Award – June 2013
7. Ontario Chiropractic Association Professional Service Award for Public Relations - December 2012
8. First Prize Student Research Poster Award (as faculty supervisor) – World Federation of Chiropractic Biennial Congress – Rio de Janeiro, 2011
9. Ontario Chiropractic Research Project Award (as faculty supervisor) - 2011
10. Graham Heale Award – Highest Proficiency in a Master’s Program, University of Bournemouth - 2010
11. Jerome McAndrews Award – NCMIC – ACC/RAC Conference – 2010
12. Inaugural Lloyd Taylor Award – Ontario Chiropractic Association - 2009
13. Award of Merit for Excellence in Interprofessional Education – University of Toronto - 2009
14. Innovation in Health Education Award – University of Toronto - 2008
15. Education Scholarship Award – St. Michael’s Hospital - 2008
16. Presidential Citation Award – Ontario Chiropractic Association - 2006
17. Ontario Chiropractic Association – Chiropractor of the Year, 2003