Dr. Shabbir Alibhai is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, and Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto. He is a staff physician in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the University Health Network, a senior scientist at the Toronto General Research Institute and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and a previous Research Scientist of the Canadian Cancer Society. Dr. Alibhai received his medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1993. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine in 1996 and obtained subspecialty certification in Geriatric Medicine in 1998, both at the University of Toronto. In 2001 he completed a Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Alibhai’s research interests are in geriatric oncology, with a special focus in prostate cancer and the value of geriatric assessment in oncology. His major research projects include examining the impact of androgen deprivation therapy on health outcomes (including quality of life, physical function, cognitive function, bone health, and emerging toxicities); examining the value of geriatric assessment in older adults with cancer; and randomized trials of exercise to improve physical fitness and quality of life in patients with cancer. As of early 2015, he is also the medical lead for the geriatric oncology program at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Canada’s largest academic cancer centre.