R. Lee KirbyMD, FRCPC


Email: kirby@dal.ca
Phone: 902-473-1268
Fax: 902-473-3204
Mailing Address: 
Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
QEII - Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre
Suite 206 NS Rehab Building
1341 Summer Street
Halifax, NS B3H 4K4
Research Topics:
  • wheelchair skills
  • biomechanics
  • mobility
  • biomedical device innovation
  • wheelchair stability
  • wheelchair design


Dr. Kirby heads the Wheelchair Research Team that, among other projects, developed the Wheelchair Skills Program in Halifax. He has served in numerous clinical, education and research roles with Dalhousie University as well as many national and international agencies.

Research interests

Dr. Kirby has been involved in wheelchair research program for over 40 years at Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre. In that time, he and his collaborators developed, evaluated and refined the Wheelchair Skills Program, publishing more than 145 peer-reviewed papers and delivering many presentations around the world.


  • MD (Dalhousie University)
  • FRCPC (University of Washington, Dalhousie University, Stoke Mandeville)

Service & activity

  • Member, Advisory Board and Training Working Group, International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (2015–present)
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