Zahra Goodarzi

Dr. Zahra Goodarzi

Pronouns: She/Her


Associate Professor

Cumming School of Medicine

Program Director

Leaders In Medicine

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Associate Member

Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education

Full Member

O'Brien Institute for Public Health



Dr. Zahra Goodarzi is an academic geriatrician. She completed residency training in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the University of Calgary.  Dr. Goodarzi completed her Master of Science in Community Health Sciences specializing in Health Services Research. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Section of Geriatrics within the Department of Medicine and Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. She is Deputy Division Head for Geriatric Medicine and Program Director for Leaders in Medicine

Her major research interests involve knowledge translation, knowledge synthesis and qualitative methods to improve the lives of older adults. Her specific methodological expertise is in synthesis, qualitative methods, multi methods, pathway development, guideline development, surveys and implementation science.

 Her work has focused on mental illness and neuropsychiatric symptoms in older adults or those with neurodegenerative disorder. She also examines the experiences of older adults living in supportive living and long term care with frailty, concomitant mood disorders or neuropsychiatric symptoms. 

Her current work looks at the development of clinical pathways for mood disorders, frailty and dementia across the care continuum in clinic, long term care and emergency room. She is co-lead for the Geriatric Emergency Medicine Team - working on quality improvement and implementation of evidence based interventions to help older adult care. 


Areas of Research

Dementia or Cognitive Disorders, Parkinson's Disease , Geriatric Medicine Across Care Continuum , Long Term Care Evidence Based Practice , Emergency Care or Acute Care Issues for Older Adults, Mood Disorders , Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, Guidelines

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
MDCH 700 Implementation Science Spring 2023


  • Top 40 Under 40, Avenue Magazine. 2021
  • CIHR Institute of Aging Prize: Yves Joanette Award of Excellence in Research in Aging, CIHR. 2024
  • Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, UofC. 2024
  • Outstanding Achievement Award 2021-2022, UofC. 2023
  • COVID Outstanding Achievement Award, UofC. 2023
  • 2021