Emily S. Ho

Emily S. Ho BSc OT, MEd, PhD
Assistant Professor
Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Contact Info
T: (416) 978-1817
Rehabilitation Sciences Building
500 University Avenue, Rm 926
Toronto, ON, M5G 1V7
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Research Interests
Outcomes Research, Evaluation, Upper Extremity, Musculoskeletal Diseases, Participation, Youth Engagement

Dr. Emily S. Ho, PhD, MEd, OT Reg. (Ont.) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto and the Research Director and a Clinician Investigator in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. Her scholarship focuses on understanding, measuring, and evaluating upper extremity function and participation in young people with musculoskeletal conditions. She strives to place the voice of youth with upper limb disabilities at the centre of her research, partnering with them through research initiatives that focus on physical and mental wellbeing to empower independent living.   

Dr. Ho has over twenty years of experience as an occupational therapist at the Hospital for Sick Children. She is known internationally as a leader in paediatric upper limb rehabilitation with a particular interest in children and youth with congenital limb differences and brachial plexus birth injuries.

Publications and Awards

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Recent Publications

  1. Ho ES, Zuccaro J, Klar K, Anthony A, Davidge K, Borschel GH, Hopyan S, Clarke HM, F. Wright V. (2019) Effectiveness of Non-surgical and Surgical Interventions for Elbow Flexion Contractures in Brachial Plexus Birth Injury: A Systematic Review, Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation, 12(1): 87-100. doi: 10.3233/PRM-180563.
  2. Wang AQ, Kim M, Ho ES, Davidge K. (2019) Surgery and Conservative Management of Camptodactyly in Pediatric Patients: A systematic review. Hand, Mar 22, 2019. doi: 10.1177/1558944719834654.
  3. Ho ES, Kim D, Klar K, Anthony A, Davidge K, Borschel GH, Hopyan S, Clarke HM, F. Wright V. (2019) Prevalence and Etiology of Elbow Flexion Contractures in Brachial Plexus Birth Injury: A Scoping Review, Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation. 12(1):75-86. doi: 10.3233/PRM-170511.
  4. Ho ES, Davidge K, Curtis G, Clarke HM. (2019) Sensory Outcome Following Microsurgery for Brachial Plexus Birth Injury, Journal of Hand Surgery – American, 44 (2): 159e1-159e8. Epub 2018Jul2. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2018.05.009.
  5. Dengler J, Ho ES, Klar E, Phillips J, Forrest CR. (2019) Evaluation of Long-Term Sensory Outcomes Following Cranial Vault Reconstruction, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open. 7 (3), p e2135. doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000002135.
  6. Catapano J, Shafarenko M, Ho ES, Zuker RM, Borschel GH (2018) Sensory and Functional Morbidity Following Sural Nerve Harvest in Paediatric Patients, Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, 71 (12): 1711-1716.
  7. Ho ES, Klar K, Klar E, Davidge K, Hopyan S, Clarke HM. (2019) Elbow Flexion Contractures in Brachial Plexus Birth Injury: Function and appearance related factors. Disability and Rehabilitation, 41(22): 2648-52. doi: 10.1080/09638288.
  8. Ho ES, Ayling-Campos A, Klar K, Davidge K. (2018) Evaluation of Pain in Pediatric Upper Extremity Conditions, Journal of Hand Therapy, 31 (2), 206-14. Doi. 10.1016/j.jht.2018.02.004.

  9. Gladstein AZ, Sachleben B, Ho ES, Anthony A, Clarke HM, Hopyan S. (2017) Forearm Pronation Osteotomy for Supination Contracture Secondary to Obstetrical Brachial Plexus Palsy: A Retrospective cohort study, Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, 37 (6), e357-63.
  10. Ziolkowski N, Zive L, Ho ES, Zuker RM. (2017) Timing of Presentation of Pediatric Compartment Syndrome and its Microsurgical Implication: A retrospective review. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 139: 663-670
  11. Ho ES, Curtis CG, Clarke HM. (2015) Pain in Children Following Microsurgical Reconstruction for Obstetrical Brachial Plexus Palsy, Journal of Hand Surgery – American. 40 (6), 1177-1183. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2015.02.003. Principal Author

Honours and Awards

  1. Therapy Keynote Speaker, 12th Asian Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand and 8th Asian Pacific Foundation for Societies of Hand Therapists Triennial meeting – March 2020
    Melbourne, Australia
  2. Award for Excellence in Research Supervision – June 2020
    (OCT1220), Research Supervisor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. (Year 2 MScOT graduate student projects)
  3. Pursuit Award – May 2020
    Doctoral Award for Outstanding Contributions to and Achievements in Childhood Disability Research, Bloorview Research Institute. Shared Decision Making in Youth with Brachial Plexus Birth Injury and Their Families
  4. Keynote Speaker, Paralsis Braquial: Un reto para el equipo multidisciplinary, Sociedad Espanola de Rehabilitacion Infantil – April 2016
    Madrid, Spain, Functional Evaluation of Children with Obstetrical Brachial Plexus Palsy (Evaluación de resultados en la PBN)
  5. Mark Rochon Leadership Award in Rehabilitation Sciences – Sept 2013
    Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada