Gabriela Melo Ghisi

Dr. Gabriela Melo Ghisi is a researcher at the KITE Research Institute, focusing on patient education in chronic disease management and global access to cardiac rehabilitation (CR). Collaborating with CR programs worldwide, she has led the successful development, implementation, and evaluation of an evidence-based patient education curriculum in over 10 countries across low-, middle-, and high-income settings.

Dr. Ghisi's interests lie in understanding the mechanisms that promote CR development and implementation in both high- and low- to middle-income countries. This includes investigating gaps in CR availability and affordability, contextual factors facilitating CR diffusion, health system capacity for implementing CR policies and programs, strategies for enhancing access among under-served groups (such as ethnic minorities and women), and delivery of patient education to improve adherence and self-care within CR.

With over 140 manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals, authorship of clinical practice guidelines and 4 book chapters, and the development of more than 20 CR-related scales, Dr. Ghisi is recognized as one of the top 25 experts in CR research globally by Expertscape and among the top 5 researchers worldwide for "Heart rehabilitation, Cardiovascular Disease, and Metabolic Equivalent" via SciVal (Scopus) from 2020 to 2023. Additionally, she serves as an Associate Editor for 4 scientific journals: Patient Education and Counseling, European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Global Heart, and Journal of Cardiopulmonary Prevention and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Ghisi holds leadership roles within the International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (ICCPR) as chair-elect and chair of ICCPR's International Cardiac Rehabilitation Registry User Sub-Committee, and is a member of ICCPR's Cardiac Rehabilitation Foundations Certification. Recognized as an Emerging Leader by the World Heart Federation in 2022, Dr. Ghisi continues to make significant contributions to advancing cardiovascular health worldwide.

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  • Affiliate Scientist KITE-UHN, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
  • Adjunct Professor, Physical Therapy Department, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University, Canada
  • Adjunct Professor, Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Sciences, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Higher Degree Research Supervisor, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Member, Executive Committee, International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (ICCPR)
  • Chair, ICCPR’s International Cardiac Rehabilitation Registry User Sub-Committee
  • Member, ICCPR’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Foundations Certification
  • cardiovascular disease
  • cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention
  • patient education
  • patient outcomes, access
  • minority populations
  • questionnaire validation and cultural adaptation, research