Daniel Santa Mina

Daniel Santa Mina, Associate Professor, Exercise & Cancer

  • Associate Professor
55 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2W6

About Daniel

Academic Training

B.Sc. Kinesiology & Psychology (double major), York University, 2005

M.Sc. Kinesiology, York University, 2008

Ph.D. Kinesiology, York University, 2012

Post-Doctoral Fellowship - Dept. of Surgical Oncology, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, 2013

Graduate Student Recruitment Status
Accepting PhD and MSc students
Research Interests

Effects of exercise through the cancer continuum

Prehabilitation (pre-operative exercise interventions)

Exercise effects on bone mineral density

Watch video of Daniel Santa Mina and KPE colleagues Catherine Sabiston and Linda Trinh discuss their research into exercise oncology

Selected Publications

Gupta, AA, Mitchell, L, Jones, J, Amin, L, Papadakos, J, Chang, E, Korenblum, C, Santa Mina, D, McCabe, L, and Giuliani, M. (2016) Re-imagining care for AYA cancer programs: Moving with the timesCancer. 122(7): 1038-46.

Santa Mina, D, Petrella, A, Currie, KL, Bietola, K, Alibhai, SMH, Trachtenberg, J, Ritvo, P and Matthew, AG. Enablers and Barriers in Cancer Exercise Program Delivery: The Canadian ExperienceProstate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases. 22(6):374-384. 

Alibhai, SMH, Santa Mina, D, Ritvo, P, Sabiston, C, Krahn, M, Tomlinson, G, Matthew, AG, Segal R, Warde, P, Durbano, S, O’Neill, M, Culos-Reed SN. (2015).  A phase II RCT and economic analysis of three exercise delivery methods in men with prostate cancer on ADTBMC Cancer 15(312):1-11.

Santa Mina, D, Scheede-Bergdahl, C, Gillis, C, Carli, F. (2015). Optimization of Surgical Outcomes with Prehabilitation.Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism, 40(9): 966-969.    

Jiandani, D, Kuk, JL, Randhawa, A, Brown, RE, Alibhai, SMH, Hamilton, R, Matthew, AG, Santa Mina, D. (2015). A Systematic Review of the Effects of Bicycle Riding on Prostate-Specific AntigenProstate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, 18: 208-212.    

Katz, J, Weinrib, A, Fashler, SR, Katznelzon, R, Shah, BR, Ladak, S, Jiang, J, Li, Q, McMillan, K, Santa Mina, D, The Transitional Pain Service: Development and Implementation of a Multidisciplinary Program to Prevent Chronic Postsurgical Pain. Journal of Pain Research. 8:695-702

Santa Mina, D, Au, D, Alibhai, SMH, Jamnicky, L, Faghani, N, Hilton, W, Stefanyk, LE, Ritvo,P, Jones, J, Elterman, D, Fleshner, NE, Finelli, A, Singal, RK, Trachtenberg, J, and Matthew, AG. (2015). A Randomized Pilot Trial of Conventional versus Advanced Pelvic Floor Exercises to Treat Urinary Incontinence after Radical Prostatectomy: A study protocolBMC Urology. 15(94): 1-10.

Professional Memberships

Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology - CSEP

  • Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP) 2006
  • Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP) instructor/examiner 2014

College of Kinesiologists of Ontario (Registered Kinesiologist - R.Kin) 2014

Osteoporosis Canada (Bonefit) 2010

Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Centre (Cancer Exercise Specialist) 2009