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.
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
J Natl Cancer Inst. 2015 Mar;107(3)
Jang RW, Krzyzanowska MK, Zimmermann C, Taback N, Alibhai SM
Cancer Treat Rev. 2015 Feb;41(2):197-215
Puts MT, Tapscott B, Fitch M, Howell D, Monette J, Wan-Chow-Wah D, Krzyzanowska M, Leighl NB, Springall E, Alibhai SM
Osteoporos Int. 2015 Mar;26(3):951-9
Damji AN, Bies K, Alibhai SM, Jones JM
Front Aging Neurosci. 2014;6:332
Santa Mina D, Guglietti CL, de Jesus DR, Azargive S, Matthew AG, Alibhai SM, Trachtenberg J, Daskalakis JZ, Ritvo P
Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2015 Mar;18(1):69-74
Wong LM, Ferrara S, Alibhai SM, Evans A, Van der Kwast T, Trottier G, Timilshina N, Toi A, Kulkarni G, Hamilton R, Zlotta A, Fleshner N, Finelli A



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