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Assistant Professor of Medicine

Areas of Interest

Clinical: geriatric hematology, geriatric oncology, multiple myeloma, geriatric assessments; cognitive, functional, and psychosocial outcomes of older adults with hematological malignancies.

Academic: As a clinician-scientist, my research focuses on examining the functional, cognitive and social factors that impact cancer-related health outcomes and drive age and race-related disparities in the older adult cancer population.


My clinical and research activities are centered around enhancing the resiliency of older adults with cancer across the disease continuum. I use geriatric assessments as one strategy to characterize the functional age of an older adult with cancer. I then use this information to develop a personalized treatment plan for the individual’s cancer while evaluating the impact of cancer therapies on several key geriatric domains such as functional and cognitive health and quality of life. I am guided in my clinical practice and research activities by the Geriatrics 4Ms principles, which include mobility, medications, matters of the mind, and what matters most to older adults.

Education and Training

  • Medical School The University of the West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago; Barbados)
  • Residency Pennsylvania Hospital, The University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Fellowship The University of Pennsylvania
  • Fellowship The University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

“No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough. It’s going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.” —Professor Brene Brown

Shakira Grant