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.
Oncol Nurs Forum. 2015 Jul;42(4):398-406
Trinh L, Arbour-Nicitopoulos KP, Sabiston CM, Alibhai SM, Jones JM, Berry SR, Loblaw A, Faulkner GE
J Oncol Pract. 2015 Jul;11(4):e450-9
Niu C, Eng L, Qiu X, Shen X, Espin-Garcia O, Song Y, Pringle D, Mahler M, Halytskyy O, Charow R, Lam C, Shani RM, Villeneuve J, Tiessen K, Brown MC, Selby P, Howell D, Jones JM, Xu W, Liu G, Alibhai SM
J Geriatr Oncol. 2015 Jul;6(4):262-71
Alibhai SM, Breunis H, Timilshina N, Brignardello-Petersen R, Tomlinson G, Mohamedali H, Gupta V, Minden MD, Li M, Buckstein R, Brandwein JM
Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2015 Sep;18(3):208-12
Jiandani D, Randhawa A, Brown RE, Hamilton R, Matthew AG, Kuk JL, Alibhai SM, Tufts E, Santa Mina D
BMC Cancer. 2015;15:312
Alibhai SM, Santa Mina D, Ritvo P, Sabiston C, Krahn M, Tomlinson G, Matthew A, Segal R, Warde P, Durbano S, O'Neill M, Culos-Reed N
Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2016 Mar;25(2):334-41
Martin P, Brown MC, Espin-Garcia O, Cuffe S, Pringle D, Mahler M, Villeneuve J, Niu C, Charow R, Lam C, Shani RM, Hon H, Otsuka M, Xu W, Alibhai S, Jenkinson J, Liu G
Cancer. 2015 Aug 1;121(15):2655-63
Eng L, Qiu X, Su J, Pringle D, Niu C, Mahler M, Charow R, Villeneuve J, Halytskyy O, Lam C, Tiessen K, Brown MC, Howell D, Giuliani ME, Jones JM, Alibhai SM, Goldstein DP, Xu W, Selby P, Liu G
Cancer. 2015 Jul 15;121(14):2350-7
Alibhai SM, Breunis H, Timilshina N, Naglie G, Tannock I, Krahn M, Warde P, Fleshner NE, Canning SD, Tomlinson G



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