Shabbir Alibhai, MSc, MD, FRCPC

Our team focuses on research in cancer in older adults (geriatric oncology). The major diseases we study are prostate cancer and acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). We also study ways to improve cancer care in vulnerable/complex older adults.  Our major projects include:

1) Examining the impact of androgen deprivation therapy (hormone therapy) on health outcomes (including quality of life, physical function, cognitive function and bone health).

2) Clinical trials examining the role of exercise in men with prostate cancer on androgen deprivation therapy to improve quality of life, fatigue, and physical fitness.

3) A clinical trial and knowledge translation project examining ways to improve bone health care in men with prostate cancer on androgen deprivation therapy.

4) Understanding the value of geriatric assessment in older patients with cancer using both randomized trials and knowledge translation approaches.

5) Dr. Alibhai's graduate students are examining a variety of cancer-related issues, including the role of active surveillance in men with prostate cancer, the value of exercise and wearable technology in reducing sedentary behaviour and improving fatigue in people with cancer, and implementation of geriatric assessment in older adults with cancer in Canada.
CMAJ. 2013 May 14;185(8):663-70
Gandell D, Straus SE, Bundookwala M, Tsui V, Alibhai SM
BJU Int. 2013 Jun;111(8):E300-5
Ani I, Finelli A, Alibhai SM, Timilshina N, Fleshner N, Abouassaly R
Leuk Res. 2013 Mar;37(3):274-9
Fung FY, Li M, Breunis H, Timilshina N, Minden MD, Alibhai SM
J Aging Phys Act. 2013 Oct;21(4):455-78
Santa Mina D, Alibhai S MH, Matthew AG, Guglietti CL, Pirbaglou M, Trachtenberg J, Ritvo P
Ann Oncol. 2013 Mar;24(3):801-6
Pole JD, Alibhai SM, Ethier MC, Teuffel O, Portwine C, Zelcer S, Johnston DL, Silva M, Alexander S, Brandwein JM, Sung L
BJU Int. 2013 Mar;111(3 Pt B):E54-8
Yap SA, Alibhai SM, Abouassaly R, Timilshina N, Margel D, Finelli A
BJU Int. 2012 Sep;110(5):E162
Soeyonggo T, Alibhai SM



Staff Physician, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Mount Sinai Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, and the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto
Research Scientist, Canadian Cancer Society