Laura Diachun


Position:  Geriatrician
Degree: BA Sc, M Ed, MD, FRCPC 
Office: Parkwood Institute
Phone: 519.685.4021
Fax: 519.685.4093



Laura Diachun, B.A.Sc., M.Ed., MD, F.R.C.P.(C), is a Geriatrician and Associate Professor with Western University.  She graduated from the McMaster University Medical School in 1993.  She completed her training in Internal Medicine at Western in 1996 and in Geriatric Medicine at McMaster in 1998. She completed her Master of Education in the field of Health Studies Higher Education through the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (O.I.S.E.) of the University of Toronto in 2001.  Laura has a keen interest in innovative curriculum design; her goal being to foster medical student interest and improve student attitudes in Care of the Elderly.  She is director of both the Elder Care Clinical Clerkship Selective and Undergraduate Medical Geriatrics Education and is the Chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Specialty Committee in geriatric Medicine. She is a member of Program of Experimental Medicine (POEM), Lawson Research Institute (LRI) and is a researcher at the Centre for Education Research and Innovation (CERI).  Her current research path examines how geriatric medicine is captured and taught in undergraduate medical education as well as how medical students conceptualize complexity in the clinical environment.

University Held Positions 

Associate Professor, Schulich School of Medicine and Denistry, Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine

Geriatric Medicine Clerkship and Elective Director

Residency Clinical Supervisor

Hospital Appointments

St. Joseph’s Health Care London and London Health Sciences Centre

Other Appointments

Education physician with Southwestern Ontario Regional Geriatric Program Education Group

Centre Researcher, Centre for Education Research and Innovation (CERI)

Royal College Subspecialty Chair for Geriatric Medicine

Areas of Clinical Interest

Healthy Aging, Normal Aging

Geriatric Clinical Methods

Communication Skills


Areas of Research Interest

Innovative curriculum design – to foster medical student interest and improve student attitudes in Care of the Elderly