What We Do

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The Prehabilitation Program aims to optimize health prior to surgery to create physiologic and psychosocial resilience to protect against stress, deconditioning, complications, and chronic morbidity that may occur as a result of surgery. At the patient's first visit, they will be seen by a prehab program team member who will assess mobility, fitness, and overall health. They will then receive individualized prehab programming that may include exercise, nutritional support, psychosocial support, education, smoking cessation support, and/or medical care. Prehab sessions may occur at home (by phone or virtually) or in our clinic. The prehab team may communicate with other surgical and medical health professionals in the patient's circle of care to ensure that programming is appropriate to their condition and expected outcomes.


The following assessments may be included for prehab program patients:

  • Body Composition
  • Musculoskeletal Strength
  • Cardiorespiratory Fitness
  • Dietary and nutrition assessment
  • Psychoeducation assessment
  • Other medical tests as indicated by the prehab physician

Depending on the patients' needs, prehab services may include:

  • An individualized exercise and physical activity prescription
  • Nutrition guidance (with or without dietary supplementation)
  • Psychoeducation and behavioural counselling
  • Smoking cessation support
  • Medical care

How to Prepare

The prehab team will provide patients with information on how to prepare for specific prehab appointments.

For initial assessments, it is helpful for patients to bring:

  • List of all medications you are taking, including prescriptions, over-the-counter, vitamins or mineral supplements and herbal remedies.
  • Medications that you need to take during the day.
  • Notes about any changes in your condition since your last visit.
  • A trusted friend or family member who can give you emotional support and help you.
  • A list of doctors and hospitals you've seen in the past who may have information about your treatment.

For exercise testing or training sessions, patients should arrive in comfortable clothing and footwear that do not restrict your movement. This will make exercising easier. If you use a walking aid such as a cane or walker, please bring this to your appointment. It is also advised that you bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated during any exercise sessions. Bottles can be re-filled on-site.

For consultations with the dietitian or psychologist, a record or log of food or behaviours or emotions may be requested.

Learn more about what you can expect when you have a clinic appointment.​​

 Materials and Resources to Help You

Resources from the Prehabilitation Program 

Resources from the Patient & Family Education Program

Visit our Health Information section to find dedicated resources to help you understand your condition. Find the information you're looking for.​

 Prehabilitation Education Sessions

Who is this for?

Our education sessions are for anyone who expects to undergo surgery at UHN.

What will I learn?

In these sessions you will learn what prehabilitation is, why prehabilitation is important, how to engage in prehabilitation and where to find other prehabilitation resources.

Where and when do the sessions take place?

The prehabilitation education sessions take place virtually (online) using an electronic device with access to the internet and capable of launching Microsoft Teams.

The 2024 schedule for the education sessions is:

Session # Date Time
1 Friday, March 22, 2024 9:30 am
2 Friday, April 26, 2024 9:30 am
3 Friday, May 31, 2024 9:30 am
4 Friday, June 28, 2024 9:30 am
5 Friday, July 26, 2024 9:30 am
6 Wednesday, August 14, 2024 9:30 am
7 Friday, September 27, 2024 9:30 am
8 Friday, October 25, 2024 9:30 am
9 Friday, November 29, 2024 9:30 am
10 Friday, December 20, 2024 9:30 am

How do I register?

To register, please email and provide your full name, UHN MRN (medical record number) and the date of the session you would like to attend.

Once you are registered, you will receive a link to the meeting for the date that you have selected.

I still have questions.

If you have any questions about the prehabilitation education sessions or the UHN Prehabilitation Program, please contact​

 Meet Our Team

Medical Director / Co-Director: Dr. Ian Randall, MD MPH

Co-Director: Dr. Daniel Santa Mina, RKin CSEP-CEP, PhD

Clinical Coordinator

Darren Au, RKin, MSc


Dr. Ian Randall

Dr. Daniel Sellers


Dr. Andrew Matthew, PhD, C.Psych

Registered Dietitian

Calvin Mach, MPH, RD

Registered Kinesiologists

  • Darren Au
  • Priya Brahmbhatt
  • Maggie Chen
  • Daniel Sibley

Administrative Assistant

  • Bailey Hill​
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