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Anthony Feinstein, M.B.B.Ch., M.Phil., PhD, FRCPC

Associate scientist

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Department of Psychiatry
2075 Bayview Ave., FG 16
Toronto, ON
M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-4216
Fax: 416-480-4613

Administrative Assistant: Colleen Barry
Phone: 416-480-4216


  • M.B.B.Ch., 1980, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • M.R.C.Psych., 1988, University of London, U.K.
  • M.Phil., 1990, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University of London, U.K.
  • PhD, 1992, Institute of Neurology, University of London, U.K.
  • FRCPC, 1996, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Appointments and Affiliations:

  • Associate scientist, Physical SciencesHurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute
  • Director, neuropsychiatry program, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Professor, department of psychiatry, University of Toronto
  • Chair, Medical Advisory Committee, MS Society of Canada

Research Foci:

  • Neuropsychiatry of multiple sclerosis
  • Neuropsychiatry of traumatic brain injury
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Developing self-report rating scales to assess psychological illness

Research Summary:

Dr. Feinstein's multiple sclerosis research has delineated the natural history of cognitive and emotional abnormalities and how these correlate with brain pathology as visualized on brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

His traumatic brain injury research focuses on patients with mild to moderately severe injuries. He uses MRI and single photon emission computed tomography to gain an understanding of the pathogenesis of persistent postconcussion disorder. A large database has been established at the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at Sunnybrook that facilitates longitudinal research; a component of the clinic is devoted to head injury in adolescents.

His post-traumatic stress disorder research is funded by organizations including the British Broadcasting Corporation and CNN. This research is devoted to understanding how journalists cope with the hazards of reporting on war. His behavioural research in Namibia was funded by a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Dr. Feinstein is also doing collaborative work with the department of psychology in Botswana to develop self-report rating scales to assess psychological illness.

Selected Publications:

See current publications list at PubMed.

  1. Feinstein A, DeLuca J, Baune B, Filippi M, Lassman H. Cognitive and neuropsychiatric disease manifestations in MS. Mult Scler Relat Disord. 2013 Jan;2(1):4–12.
  2. Feinstein A, Lapshin H, O'Connor P. Looking anew at cognitive dysfunction in multiple sclerosis: the gorilla in the room. Neurology. 2012 Sep 11;79(11):1124–9.
  3. Feinstein A. Mexican journalists: an investigation of their emotional health. J Trauma Stress. 2012 Aug;25(4):480–3.
  4. Feinstein A. Multiple sclerosis, cognitive dysfunction and the potential benefits of exercise. Mult Scler. 2011 Sep;17(9):1032–3.
  5. Feinstein A. Conversion disorder: advances in our understanding. CMAJ. 2011 May;183(8):915–20.


  1. Feinstein A. Battle scarred: the hidden cost of the border war. Cape Town: Tafelberg Press; 2011.
  2. Feinstein A. Michael Rabin. America's virtuoso. 2nd ed. Milwaukee: Amadeus Press; 2011.
  3. Feinstein A. The clinical neuropsychiatry of multiple sclerosis. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2007.
  4. Feinstein A. Journalists under fire: the psychological hazards of war reporting. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2006.
  5. Feinstein A. Hazardous lives: war and the men and women who report it. Toronto: Thomas Allen; 2003.


  1. Burke M, Feinstein A. Under fire: journalists in combat. London: Mercury Media Entertainment; 2011. 

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