Profile of Martine Puts

Martine Puts RN, PhD, FAAN

Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Care of Frail Older Adults

Currently Accepting Students

My research focuses on improving health and well-being for older adults living with frailty and older adults living with cancer.

Martine Puts PhD RN FAAN is a Professor at the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, and has been working at the University of Toronto since 2009. She currently holds a tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Care of Frail Older Adults. She received her PhD in 2006 from the Faculty of Medicine, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, focusing on frailty. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health and the Jewish General Hospital from 2006-2009. She received her Master in Health Sciences in 2001 from Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands. She completed her Bachelor in Nursing at the Hogeschool of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 1999. Her research is focused on improving health and functioning of older adults, older adults living with frailty and with cancer.

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Care of Frail Older Adults

Professor Martine Puts, Professor at the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, began a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Care of Frail Older Adults in Fall 2018. Professor Puts’ research program focuses on improving the quality of life and health outcomes of older adults, particularly those with cancer. Adults over 65 are a growing sector of the Canadian population, and many will face a cancer diagnosis. Yet, few older adults are included in clinical studies of cancer, which means there is limited evidence about which treatments work best for this population. Professor Puts aims to address this gap, developing and implementing interventions and online tools that patients/caregivers and clinicians can use to improve the health care of this group of patients.

  • 2006-2009 – Postdoctoral Fellowship, McGill University, Montreal

  • 2006 – PhD, Faculty of Medicine, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

  • 2004 – MSc Epidemiology, VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

  • 2001 – MSc Health Sciences, Maastricht University, the Netherlands

  • 1999 – BaN, Hogeschool van Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Dr. Puts’s PubMed link is available here.

Valentina Donison, RN, MN

Thesis Title: Care provided by older adults with cancer to their spouse with dementia

Nelly Dumchin, RN

Thesis title: Understanding cancer treatment decision-making in older adults with pre-existing cognitive impairment

Carrie (Nai-Wen) Ku, RN

Thesis Title: Using frailty screening tools in the Emergency Department for older adults to identify those at risk for adverse outcomes

Schroder Sattar, RN, MN, PhD

Thesis Title: Falls in community-dwelling older adults with cancer: Impact on cancer treatment, circumstances, assessment, management, and reporting

Current Position: Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan