Dr. Joanne Ho

Division of Geriatric Medicine

Joanne Man-Wai Ho


Assistant Professor, Divisions of Geriatric Medicine & Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, Department of Medicine

Schlegel Clinical Research Scientist





Research Interests

  • Adverse drug events among older adults in the real world setting
  • Geriatric pharmacology interventions to mitigate adverse drug events
  • Observational studies utilizing health administrative databases

Education and Professional Standing

Dr. Ho completed medical school at the University of British Columbia and residencies in internal medicine, geriatric medicine and clinical pharmacology at the University of Toronto. She obtained her Masters of Science in clinical epidemiology at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Dr. Ho also completed the CIHR Drug Safety and Effectiveness Cross-Disciplinary and University of Toronto Department of Medicine Eliot Phillipson Clinician Scientist training programs.

She is an active medical staff member of Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener, ON where she provides inpatient geriatric medicine, internal medicine and clinical pharmacology consultation services. She is an examiner with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology Examination Committee.

Selected Publications

  1. Tricco AC, Soobiah C, Blondal E, Veroniki AA, Khan PA, Vafaei A, Ivory J, Strifler L, Ashoor H, MacDonald H, Reynen E, Robson R, Ho JM, Ng C, Antony A, Mrklas K, Hutton B, Hemmelgarn BR, Moher D, Straus SE. Comparative safety of serotonin (5-HT3) receptor antagonists in patients undergoing surgery: A systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMC Medicine 2015 Accepted.
  2. Ho JM, Gomes T, Austin PC, Mamdani M, Straus SE, Juurlink DN. Adverse cardiac events among older patients on venlafaxine: A population-based study. J Clin Psych 2014;75(6):e552-8.
  3. Ho JM, Tricco AC, Perrier L, Chen M, Juurlink DN, Straus SE. Risk of Heart Failure and Edema Among Patients on Pregabalin: A Systematic Review. Systematic Reviews Journal 2013;2(25): published online May 4, 2013.
  4. Ho JM, Gruneir A, Fischer HD, Fu L, Lipscombe LL, Bell CM, Cavalcanti RB, Anderson GM, Rochon PA. Serious Events in Older Ontario Residents Receiving Bowel Preparations for Outpatient Colonoscopy with Various Comorbidity Profiles: A Descriptive Population-based Study. Can J Gastroenterol 2012 Jul;26(7):436-40.
  5. Ho JM, Juurlink DN. Considerations when prescribing trimethoprim–sulfamethoxazole. CMAJ 2011;183(16), 1851-1858.
  6. Gomes T, Juurlink DN, Ho JM, Schneeweiss S, Mamdani MM. Risk of Serious Falls associated with Oxybutynin and Tolterodine: A Population-Based Study. Journal of Urology 2011;186(4):1340-4.
  7. Ho JM, Juurlink DN, Cavalcanti RB. Hypokalemia Following Polyethylene Glycol-Based Bowel Preparation for Colonoscopy in Older Hospitalized Patients with Significant Comorbidities. Annals of Pharmacotherapy 2010;44(3):466-70. Epub 2010 Feb 2.