Dr. Cara Tannenbaum


Dr. Cara Tannenbaum is a Professor in the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy at the Université de Montréal. As a practicing geriatrician, women's health specialist and Director of the Geriatric Incontinence Clinic at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, her clinical practice fuels her vision for her patient-oriented research program.


Dr. Tannenbaum received many national and international distinctions for her accomplishments. These include the May Cohen Gender Equity Award presented by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada to recognize outstanding achievement in improving the gender equity environment in academic medicine in Canada, and several research prizes for her research on women's health from the North American Menopause Society, the American Geriatrics Society, and the International Continence Society. Dr. Tannenbaum has received several research grants from the CIHR and became, in 2013, the recipient of the CIHR Betty Haven's Knowledge Transfer Prize in Aging. Her work has been featured in the New England Journal of Medicine Watch and the New York Times. Dr. Tannenbaum also received the Best Clinical Abstract Prize at the 2013 International Continence Society Meeting in Barcelona. More recently, she has been elected Scientific Chair of the 2015 International Continence Society meeting to be held in Montréal, Canada in 2015.

Research Activities

Dr. Tannenbaum's research focuses on best practices in pharmaceutical care for women and men, better understanding the drug-brain-bladder connection in women, self-management strategies for health improvement, mental health indicators and outcomes, and gender-based analysis. Since 2008, she has held the Michel Saucier Endowed Chair in Geriatric Pharmacology, Health and Aging. Dr. Tannenbaum is currently leading an international randomized controlled trial entitled Dare To Age Well for Women. She is also an active member of the Polypharmacy Committee for the Institut national de santé publique du Québec, and a strong advocate for interprofessional collaboration to optimize healthy aging across the lifespan.


Dr. Tannenbaum obtained her medical degree at McGill University in 1994 and subsequently obtained specialty training in geriatric medicine and older women's health. Her CIHR post-doctoral fellowship included clinical training in women's health at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, a Master's degree in epidemiology and biostatistics from McGill University, and research training on sex hormones with Elizabeth Barrett-Connor from the University of California in San Diego.

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