Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou

Division of Rheumatology

Alexandra Papaioannou


Professor, Divisions of Geriatric Medicine and Rheumatology, Department of Medicine

Chairholder, Eli Lilly Canada Chair in Osteoporosis






Education and Professional Standing

Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and a Geriatrician at Hamilton Health Sciences.  She is Executive Director of the Geriatric Education and Research in Aging Sciences (GERAS) Centre at Hamilton Health Sciences.  She holds an Eli Lilly Research Chair at McMaster University.  She has a joint appointment in the Division of Rheumatology, and is past Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine, McMaster.  Dr Papaioannou is an Associate Member in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, and a faculty member in the Medical Sciences, Physiology & Pharmacology Graduate Studies Program.  She is a Member of the Gilbrea Centre Advisory Board, and McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA).  She is past chair of the Scientific Advisory Council of Osteoporosis Canada (OC) and past Chair of the Board.  She is a member of the Scientific Advisors of Osteoporosis Canada, and the International Osteoporosis Foundation.  Dr. Papaioannou was lead author, on the Osteoporosis Canada Guidelines published in Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) October 2010 and 2015.  Dr. Papaioannou was awarded an Ontario Career Scientist Award.  She is author of more than 300 peer reviewed publications with a focus on frailty, falls and fractures. She is the project lead for the Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy for Fracture Prevention in Long-term Care, and Co-Director of the Hamilton Canadian Multi-Centre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos).

Dr. Papaioannou has received a number of awards including the Ronald Cape Distinguished Service Award, to recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the health care of older adults in Canada, the Service Award for Geriatric Excellence (SAGE), Category: Executive/Senior Leadership, awarded by the Regional Geriatric Program central (RGPc), the  McMaster Department of Medicine Teaching Award for Postgraduate Teaching, the Ontario College of Family Physicians Certificate of Recognition for her contributions to primary care, the YWCA Hamilton Women of Distinction Award – Health & Wellness, and the Lindy Fraser Award from Osteoporosis Canada.

Selected Publications

  1. Papaioannou A, Morin S, Cheung AM, Atkinson S, Brown JP, Feldman S, Hanley DA, Hodsman A, Kaiser SM, Kvern B, Siminoski K, Leslie WD for the Scientific Advisory Council of Osteoposis Canada.  2010 clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis in Canada: summary.  CMAJ. 2010 Nov 23;182(17):1864-73.
  2. Kennedy CC, Ioannidis G, Rockwood K, Thabane L, Adachi JD, Kirkland S, Pickard LE, Papaioannou A.  A Frailty Index predicts 10-year fracture risk in adults age 25 years and older: results from the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos).  Osteoporos Int. 2014 Dec;25(12):2825-2832.
  3. Kennedy C, Ioannidis G, Thabane L, Adachi JD, Marr S, Giangregorio LM, Morin SN, Crilly RG, Josse RG, Lohfeld L, Pickard LE, van der Horst ML, Campbell G, Stroud J, Dolovich L, Sawka AM, Jain R, Nash L, Papaioannou A.  Successful knowledge translation intervention in long-term care: final results from the vitamin D and osteoporosis study (ViDOS) pilot cluster randomized controlled trial.  Trials. 2015 May 12;16(1):214.
  4. Papaioannou A, Santesso N, Morin SN, Feldman S, Adachi JD, Crilly R, Giangregorio L, Jaglal S, Josse RG, Kaasalainen S, Katz P, Moser A, Pickard L, Weiler H, Whiting S, Skidmore CJ, Cheung A.  Recommendations for preventing fracture in long-term care.  CMAJ 2015 Oct 20;187(15):1135-44.
  5. Papaioannou A, Kennedy CC, Ioannidis G, Cameron C, Croxford R, Adachi JD, Mursleen S, Jaglal S.  Comparative trends in incident fracture rates for all long-term care and community-dwelling seniors in Ontario, Canada, 2002-2012.  Osteoporos Int. 2016 Mar;27(3):887-97.