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Karen Fleming

Affiliate scientist

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Room A1 20b
Toronto, ON
M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-6100 ext. 63950
Fax: 416-440-1106

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  • B.Sc. (Hons), 1984, physiology, University of Toronto, Canada
  • MD, 1989, U of T, Canada
  • M.Sc., 1989, physiology, U of T, Canada
  • CCFP, 1992, College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • FCFP, 2004, Fellow of College of Family Physicians of Canada

Appointments and Affiliations:

  • Affiliate scientist, Evaluative Clinical Sciences, DAN Women & Babies Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute
  • Chief, department of family and community medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Division lead, family medicine obstetrics, department of family and community medicine, Sunnybrook
  • Assistant professor, department of family and community medicine, U of T

Research Foci:

  • Chronic disease prevention for women
  • Exercise in pregnancy
  • Pregnancy complications as predictors of women’s future health
  • Exercise as medicine across the lifespan to improve health for two generations

Research Summary:

The focus of Dr. Fleming’s research is on the effect of pregnancy complications on women’s future health. This includes exercise in pregnancy for sedentary women and elite level athletes; hypertensive disorders in pregnancy and the risk of future cardiovascular health; and gestational diabetes. In addition, Dr. Fleming leads research on eating disorders in adolescence and the development of education materials for family medicine residents and obstetrical patients.

Selected Publications:

  1. Mottola MF, Davenport MH, Ruchat SM, Davies GA, Poitras VJ, Gray CE, Jaramillo Garcia A, Barrowman N, Adamo KB, Duggan M, Barakat R, Chilibeck P, Fleming K, Forte M, Korolnek J, Nagpal T, Slater LG, Stirling D, Zehr L. 2019 Canadian guideline for physical activity throughout pregnancy. Br J Sports Med. 2018 Oct;52:1339–1346.
  2. Watson J, Nicholson M, Dobbin K, Fleming K, Alleyne JMK. Exploring the relationship between obstetrical nurses' work and pregnancy outcomes. Open J Nurs. 2016;6:812–819.
  3. Fleming K. Pregnancy: window into women’s future cardiovascular health. Can Family Physician. 2013 Oct;59(10):1033–1035.

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