The doctors, nurses and other health professionals at the PATH clinic have specialized training and many years of experience working with frail older adults and their families. They are dedicated to helping patients and their caregivers make healthcare decisions that reflect individual values and quality of life.
The PATH program was co-founded by Dr. Paige Moorhouse and Dr. Laurie Mallery.
Drs. Paige Moorhouse and Laurie Mallery are leaders in the debate about how to bring compassionate and efficient care to frailty and dementia. They are physicians who practice geriatric and internal medicine at the QEII Health Sciences Center (Nova Scotia Health Authority) at Dalhousie University. Their experiences are diverse and include clinical practice, administration, research, program development, and education. In their clinical practice, they provide geriatric consultation, but also work in the emergency department, on cardiology teams, and on inpatient medicine units. They regularly collaborate with surgeons and anesthetists to support and manage complex cases of frailty.
In 2016, Drs. Moorhouse and Mallery were awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada for their work in frailty.
Dr. Paige Moorhouse, MD, MPH, FRCPC, MSM
Paige Moorhouse MD MPH FRCPC MSM is a clinician researcher and geriatrician at Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Dr. Moorhouse completed her residency training and fellowship in internal medicine and geriatric medicine at Dalhousie University.
She completed a Master’s of Public Health at the John Hopkins School of Public Health in 2008. She is the author of several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She is a member of the Canadian Frailty Network and the co-lead for the Nova Scotia Health Authority Frailty Strategy.
In 2017, Dr. Moorhouse was recognized as the Dalhousie Medical School Young Alumna of the Year.
Her twitter handle is @i1togotothere
Dr. Laurie Mallery, MD, FRCPC, MSM
Dr. Laurie Mallery is a professor in medicine and was Head of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Dalhousie University for 13 years. She completed Medical School at the University of Pennsylvania, Internal Medicine training at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago, and Geriatric Medicine training at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Dr. Mallery has extensive experience in critical appraisal and cost-effective decision-making. For eight years, she was a member of the Canadian Drug Expert Committee (CDEC) which is a national committee that makes medication reimbursement and formulary recommendations to Canadian Provincial drug plans. She has written frailty-specific treatment guidelines for hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and depression.
Dr. Mallery partnered with the Nova Scotia Department of Health to establish a provincial educational initiative for the diagnosis and treatment of dementia and developed a geriatric medicine curriculum for fourth-year Dalhousie University medical students. Dr. Mallery also developed a strengthening exercise program for older adults based on high-intensity resistance and Pilates training.
Dr. Mallery’s research focuses on frailty care, dementia, medical education, and optimal prescribing through the development of frailty-specific guidelines.