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Barbara Liu, MD, FRCPC

Affiliate scientist

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Room H4 79
Toronto, ON
M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-6766
Fax: 416-480-6068

Administrative Assistant: Sarah Mak


  • MD, 1987, faculty of medicine, University of Toronto, Canada
  • FRCPC, 1992, internal medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • FRCPC, 1993, geriatric medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • FRCPC, 1995, clinical pharmacology, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Appointments and Affiliations:

  • Affiliate scientist, Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute
  • Executive director, Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Professor, division of geriatric medicine, department of medicine, faculty of medicine, U of T
  • Consultant, geriatric medicine, Sunnybrook
  • Division director, department of Geriatric Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, U.K.

Research Focus:

  • Health services evaluation
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Falls prevention

Research Summary:

Dr. Liu's research focuses on evaluation of interprofessional geriatric health services, appropriate medication use and falls prevention.

Selected Publications:

See current publications list at PubMed.

  1. Liu B, Moore, JE, Almaawiy U, Chan WH, Khan S, Ewuisi J, Hamid JS, Straus SE on behalf of the MOVE ON Collaboration. Outcomes of mobilisation of vulnerable elders in Ontario (MOVE ON): a multisite interrupted time series evaluation of an implementation intervention to increase patient mobilization. Age Ageing 1–7. DOI:
  2. Wong KS, Ryan DP, Liu, BA. A system-wide analysis using a senior friendly hospital framework identifies current practices and opportunities for improvement in the care of hospitalized older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Nov;62(11):2163–70.
  3. Liu BA, Jackson LD. Drug prescribing in the older patient [Internet]. Philadelphia (PA): Physicians’ Information and Education Resource (U.S.); c2006.
  4. Liu BA, Juurlink DN. Drugs and the QT interval - caveat doctor. N Engl J Med. 2004 Sep;351(11):1053–6.
  5. Liu B, Anderson G, Mittmann N, To T, Axcell T, Shear N. Use of selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors or tricyclic antidepressants and risk of hip fractures in elderly people. Lancet. 1998 May;351(9112):1303–7.