- Executive Director, GERAS Centre
- Geriatrician, Hamilton Health Sciences
- Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, McMaster University
“Giving health care professionals access to quality information and knowledge resources regarding osteoporosis and fracture prevention is so important. So often people are surprised to learn that even for long-term care residents it’s never too late to improve the health of their bones and thereby prevent unnecessary hip and spine fractures. Even for those residents who have experienced hip or spinal fractures there is a lot that can still be done to keep them comfortable from the severe and debilitating pain they can experience from these fractures.”
Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou is the Executive Director of the Geriatric Education and Research in Aging Sciences (GERAS) Centre. She is passionate about improving the quality of health care for seniors by applying the best available research, and believes the next generation of health care professionals and volunteers need to connect with seniors to learn and work together as a team.
As a Professor of Medicine at McMaster University, Dr. Papaioannou holds a joint appointment in the Divisions of Rheumatology and Geriatric Medicine, and is an Associate Member in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Medical Sciences. She is also the past Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at McMaster. She completed a Masters of Science (MSc), Health Research Methods at McMaster University and is a Geriatric Medicine Specialist at Hamilton Health Sciences’ St. Peter’s Hospital.
Dr. Papaioannou has received a number of awards including the Department of Medicine Teaching Award for Postgraduate Teaching, the Ontario College of Family Physicians Certificate of Recognition for her contributions to primary care, the YWCA Hamilton Women of Distinction Award – Health & Wellness, and the Lindy Fraser Award from Osteoporosis Canada. She is author of more than 200 peer reviewed publications, co-chaired the 2010 Osteoporosis Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines (CMAJ 2010), and received a CIHR grant to develop guidelines for frail seniors. She holds a number of CIHR grants with a focus on knowledge translation in the community and long-term care.