Division of Geriatric Medicine

Cheryl Allaby


Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine




Education and Professional Standing

Cheryl developed a keen interest in older adults while working for an elderly blind woman, during her high school years in Dunnville, Ontario. She knew then that she wanted to work with seniors. She graduated with a Diploma in Physiotherapy from Mohawk College in 1982 and completed her Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy at McMaster University in 1983. She worked as a physiotherapist for seven years before entering medical school at McMaster University. Most of those years were devoted to work in Geriatrics at St. Peter's Hospital, primarily in the Geriatric Day Hospital. Following graduation from medical school in 1993, she completed a Residency in Family Medicine at McMaster and then accepted a position with the former Geriatric Assessment Unit as a Clinical Assistant. She's continued with that unit through its location and name changes since that time. In 2010, she joined the Faculty of Family Medicine in a full time position and in 2015 was promoted to Associate Professor in Family Medicine. Cheryl is involved in tutoring in the Undergraduate Medical Program and in supervision of clinical clerks and residents during their Geriatric rotations.  She serves as the coordinator of the Juravinski Geriatric Teaching Unit currently.  Her other clinical interests are Palliative and End-of-life care, chronic pain management, frailty and rehabilitation.