Current Positions:

  • Professor of Medicine –  Division of Geriatric Medicine & Rheumatology and Department of HEI, McMaster University
  • Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Geriatric Medicine and Healthy Aging
  • Executive Director – Geras Centre for Aging Research
  • Chair – Regional Geriatric Program Central, RGP(c)


Bio: Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou is a Professor of Medicine (Division of Geriatrics & Rheumatology and Department of HEI) at McMaster University, a Geriatric Medicine Specialist at Hamilton Health Sciences and Executive Director of the Geras Centre for Aging Research. She is a Tier 1 Canadian Research Chair in Geriatric Medicine and Healthy Aging.

She is a national and international leader in geriatric medicine research and recipient of the prestigious Canadian Geriatrics Society Ronald Cape Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to older adults’ health care in Canada. Her research merges specialized geriatric medicine expertise with innovative “real-life” solutions by focusing on care models and programs that can be widely implemented within acute care, community and long-term care settings. She is leading landmark geriatric care models for older adults living with frailty or multi-complexity with broad applicability at a health system level. Dr. Papaioannou’s research is informed her by clinical experience working with patients, families, and other stakeholders to co-create innovative solutions to improve patient care and quality of life. 

Selected awards for research excellence and leadership:

  • Ronald Cape Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the health care of older adults in Canada awarded by the Canadian Geriatrics Society
  • Service Award for Geriatric Excellence (SAGE) for Executive/Senior Leadership awarded by the Regional Geriatric Program central (RGPc) for excellence in geriatric care
  • McMaster Department of Medicine Teaching Award for Postgraduate Teaching and Ontario College of Family Physicians Certificate of Recognition for outstanding contributions to primary care
  • YWCA Hamilton Women of Distinction Award for Health & Wellness for leadership and being an agent for change in health and wellness
  • Lindy Fraser Award from Osteoporosis Canada for outstanding contributions to the field of osteoporosis research and education in Canada