Paula Rochon

Senior Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute
Vice-President, Research, Women’s College Hospital
Professor, Department of Medicine and Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, University of Toronto
Senior Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
Retired Teachers of Ontario Chair in Geriatric Medicine, University of Toronto

Dr. Paula Rochon is a geriatrician and health services researcher. Her research focuses on understanding the unique needs of older adults, most of whom are women. Much of her clinical work as a geriatrician in conjunction with her extensive research has laid the foundation of her expertise on older adults. She is one of the leading Canadian health-services researchers in geriatric medicine. In particular, her research explores how to promote health in older adults. Her work has contributed substantively to three areas of focus that affect individual patients and healthcare systems: the need for evidence to provide information that is more relevant to women and men, the exploration of strategies to reduce adverse drug events and to optimize drug therapy, and specifically the impact of widespread use of antipsychotic therapy in older people. She has a strong record of funding from federal funding agencies and more than 200 published papers in peer-reviewed journals. In July 2015, she was appointed as the inaugural Retired Teachers of Ontario Chair in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Rochon is the lead of Women’s Xchange, which is a women’s health knowledge translation and exchange centre based at Women’s College Hospital. Women’s Xchange promotes sex and gender considerations in research through a consultation service, builds the capacity of researchers in women’s health, drives community-engaged research and promotes knowledge translation.

Select Awards

  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2013)
  • Career Award – Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Dr. John Meyers Visiting Professor of Geriatric Medicine. University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Excellence in Leadership, Baycrest Rewards and Recognition Committee
  • Company:Women’s College Hospital
  • Short Bio:Vice-President Research
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