DUniv. 2018

Honorary Doctorate Recipient

Thomas M.S. Wolever


I obtained a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Oxford University, UK in 1980, a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto in 1986 and a Doctorate in Medicine from Oxford University in 1993.  My current position is Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto.  I have the following cross appointments: Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto and Member of Active Medical Staff, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto.  My research interests are the effects of dietary carbohydrates on human physiology and metabolism.  I am, perhaps, most well known for work on the glycaemic index which was as first developed by Dr. David Jenkins and me, along with other collaborators, while I was a medical student.  I have written or co-authored 330 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and also authored a book entitled: The Glycaemic Index: A Physiological Classification of Dietary Carbohydrate published in 2006 by CABI (  In 1997 I founded GI Testing, Inc. to provide confidential GI testing services to industry.  To cope with the high demand for GI testing and to enable a wider range of clinical research services to be provided, Glycemic Index Laboratories, Inc. ( was formed in 2004; a corporation of which I am President.  More important than anything else, I am married with 3 children aged 29, 27 and 20 years.  I enjoy orienteering, cycling and recorder playing.

Back to top