Biography – IGH Scientific Director: Dr. Cara Tannenbaum

Dr. Cara Tannenbaum was appointed Scientific Director of the Institute of Gender and Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in 2015 and currently serves as Departmental Science Advisor for Health Canada.

She is a Professor in the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy at the Université de Montreal and is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the May Cohen Gender Equity Award from the Association of Faculties of Medicine Canada.

Dr. Tannenbaum conducted the first-ever pan-Canadian study on older women’s and men's unmet health priorities, and led Health Canada's Health Policy Research Program on the development of gender sensitive mental health indicators. As a practicing internist/geriatrician and women's health specialist, Dr. Tannenbaum continues to treat men and women with a variety of health problems, fuelling her understanding of and passion for driving evidence-based improvements in health for men and women across the lifespan.

Dr. Tannenbaum obtained her medical degree at McGill University 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 and osteoporosis at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, a Master's degree in epidemiology and biostatistics from McGill University, and research training on sex hormones from the University of California in San Diego.

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