Robert Haennel, PhD


Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Physical Therapy
(780) 492-0329
3-48 Corbett (E.A.) Hall
8205 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G4




  • Post-doctoral fellowship - Division of Cardiology - University of Alberta - 1987 to 1989
  • PhD – Physical Education - University of Alberta - 1987


  • Served as a professor at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, University of Regina from 1990 to 2005.
  • Directed The Paul Schwann Applied Health and Research Centre at the University of Regina 1992-2005
  • Directed the Cardiovascular Research Unit and the Cardiac Rehabilitation program which were jointly operated by the University of Regina and the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region. 1998-2005
  • Returned to the University of Alberta in 2005 to chair the Department of Physical Therapy.
  • Has a cross appointment with the Mazinkowski Alberta Heart Institute.


Dr. Haennel's research interests include cardiac rehabilitation and pulmonary rehabilitation.


Dr. Haennel is not currently accepting applications for graduate students.

Scholarly Activities

Research - Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Impact of Cardiac Rehabilitation on the Ability of Older Patients to Perform Activities of Daily Living.
  • Effects of Cardiac Rehabilitation in Heart Failure Patients Undergoing Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy.
  • Effects of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy on Oxygen Uptake Kinetics in Heart Failure.

Research - Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Impact of exercise rehabilitation on the ability of pulmonary patients on ambulatory physical activity and the ability to perform activities of daily living

Featured Publications

Ramadi A, Haennel RG

Heart Lung. 2019 January;

Gad SA, Martin S, Kimber S, William RH, Gulamhusein SS, Lockwood EE, Haennel RG

J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2018 January;

Hammal F, Quaife T, Purich K, Haennel RG, Gragasin FS, Martin-Feeney DS, Finegan BA

Can J Anaesth. 2017 January;

Yavari M, Haykowsky MJF, Savu A, Kaul P, Dyck J, Haennel RG, Alberta HEART Investigators

Can J Cardiol. 2017 January;

Ramadi A, Buijs DM, Threlfall TG, Aggarwal SG, Arena R, Rodgers W, Haennel RG

J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2016 January;