Dr. Celena Scheede-Bergdahl

Senior Faculty Lecturer
Academic title(s): 

KPE Undergraduate Program Director

Dr. Celena Scheede-Bergdahl
Contact Information
Email address: 
celena.scheede [at] mcgill.ca
514-398-4400 Ext 0528

Currie Gymnasium
475 Avenue des Pins Ouest
Montreal, Quebec H2W 1S4

Program Director
Kinesiology & Physical Education
Areas of expertise: 

Exercise physiology
Exercise prescription
Insulin resistance
Oncology care


Celena Scheede-Bergdahl  received her BSc in Exercise Science (Concordia University, Canada), MSc in Kinesiology (Université de Montréal, Canada) and PhD in Medical Physiology (University of Copenhagen, Denmark). During her time in Copenhagen, she developed an interest in exercise prescription for the management of complications associated with type 2 diabetes and other inflammatory conditions. Her post-doctoral studies at McGill furthered her interest in inflammation and insulin resistance by studying how it applied to cancer cachexia and the latent effects of chemotherapy on skeletal muscle health in long term survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Presently, she is a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University, where her research interests lie in the area of exercise interventions in various inflammatory and insulin resistant conditions.

Since 2014, Dr. Scheede-Bergdahl has been affiliated with the Department of Anesthesia (Montreal General Hospital) where she is involved in the Perioperative Program (POP). She is internationally known for her work in prehabiliation for cancer care, as well as her involvement in the development of guidelines for early mobilization as a part of Enhanced Recovery Canada.


Post doctorate fellow, Oncology, McGill University, Canada
Post doctorate fellow, Palliative Care, McGill University, Canada
PhD, Medical Physiology (Faculty of Health Sciences), University of Copenhagen, Denmark
MSc, Kinésiologie, Université de Montréal, Canada
BSc, Exercise Science (Clinical Exercise Physiology), Concordia University, Canada

Selected publications: 

Ferreira V, Lawson C, Ekmekjian T, Carli F, Scheede-Bergdahl C, Chevalier. Effects of preoperative nutrition and multimodal prehabilitation on functional capacity and postoperative complications in surgical lung cancer patients: A systematic review.  S.Support Care Cancer. 2021 Oct;29(10):5597-5610.
Ferreira V, Lawson C, Carli F, Scheede-Bergdahl C, Chevalier S. Feasibility of a novel mixed-nutrient supplement in a multimodal prehabilitation intervention for lung cancer patients awaiting surgery: A randomized controlled pilot trial.  Int J Surg. 2021 Sep;93:106079.
Ferreira V, Lawson C, Gillis C, Scheede-Bergdahl C, Chevalier S, Carli F. Malnourished lung cancer patients have poor baseline functional capacity but show greatest improvements with multimodal prehabilitation. Nutr Clin Pract. 2021 Oct;36(5):1011-1019.
Jensen BT, Lauridsen SV, Scheede-Bergdahl C. The Potential of Prehabilitation in Radical Cystectomy Pathways: Where Are We Now? Semin Oncol Nurs. 2021 Feb;37(1):151107.
Carli F, Bousquet-Dion G, Awasthi R, Elsherbini N, Liberman S, Boutros M, Stein B, Charlebois P, Ghitulescu G, Morin N, Jagoe T, Scheede-Bergdahl C, Minnella EM, Fiore JF. Effect of Multimodal Prehabilitation vs Postoperative Rehabilitation on 30-Day Postoperative Complications for Frail Patients Undergoing Resection of Colorectal Cancer: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Jr.JAMA Surg. 2020 Mar 1;155(3):233-242.
Scheede-Bergdahl C, Minnella EM, Carli F.Anaesthesia. Multi-modal prehabilitation: addressing the why, when, what, how, who and where next? 2019 Jan;74 Suppl 1:20-26
Schram A, Ferreira V, Minnella EM, Awasthi R, Carli F, Scheede-Bergdahl, C. In-hospital resistance training to encourage early mobilization for enhanced recovery programs after colorectal cancer surgery: A feasibility study.  C.Eur J Surg Oncol. 2019 Sep;45(9):1592-1597.
Ferreira V, Agnihotram RV, Bergdahl A, van Rooijen SJ, Awasthi R, Carli F, Scheede-Bergdahl C. Maximizing patient adherence to prehabilitation: what do the patients say? Support Care Cancer. 2018 Aug;26(8):2717-2723.
Bousquet-Dion G, Awasthi R, Loiselle SÈ, Minnella EM, Agnihotram RV, Bergdahl A, Carli F, Scheede-Bergdahl C. Evaluation of supervised multimodal prehabilitation programme in cancer patients undergoing colorectal resection: a randomized control trial.  Acta Oncol. 2018 Jun;57(6):849-859.
Carli F, Gillis C, Scheede-Bergdahl C. Promoting a culture of prehabilitation for the surgical cancer patient. Acta Oncol. 2017 Feb;56(2):128-133.

Graduate supervision: 

Does not supervise graduate students.

Back to top