Darryl Rolfson

Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Medicine Dept
Associate Dean MD Program, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Undergrad Medical Education


Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Medicine Dept
(780) 492-6233
1-198 Clinical Sciences Building
11304 83 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G3

Associate Dean MD Program, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Undergrad Medical Education


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Academic Overview

  • I am a professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  I obtained a BSc (1989), MD (1993), FRCPC in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine (2000). My academic interests have included medical education and frailty.  

Clinical Settings

  • Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit at the University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton
  • Seniors Clinic, 1A 102 Kaye Edmonton Clinic, Edmonton
  • Telegeriatric Clinics for Northern Alberta

Clinical Interests

  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Delirium
  • Frailty in the Elderly

Personal Interests

  • Outdoor adventure
  • Community volunteeris
  • Religion, History, Philosophy


  • My primary career interest has been in the measurement of frailty.  I developed and validated the Edmonton Frail Scale (published in 2006), and have participated in the implementation of frailty criteria in clinical settings since that time.  


  • In medical education, I have distinguished myself for bedside and classroom teaching excellence, having received both undergraduate and residency level awards.  I also served as the program director in Internal Medicine and Assistant Chair, Postgraduate Medical Education for a period of ten years (2008 to 2017).  

Featured Publications

Prorok J.C., Williamson P.R., Shea B., Rolfson D., Mañas L.R., Cesari M., Kim P., Muscedere J.

BMC Geriatrics. 2022 November; 22 (1) 10.1186/s12877-022-02993-w

Muscedere J., Bagshaw S.M., Boyd G., Sibley S., Patrick N., Day A., Hunt M., Rolfson D.

Intensive Care Medicine Experimental. 2022 November; 10 (1) 10.1186/s40635-022-00446-7

Eriksen G.F., �altyte Benth J., Grønberg B.H., Rostoft S., Kirkevold Ø., Bergh S., Hjelstuen A., Rolfson D., Slaaen M.

Current Oncology. 2022 June; 29 (7):5164-5178 10.3390/curroncol29070409

Røyset I., Saltvedt I., Rostoft S., Grønberg B.H., Kirkevold Ø., Oldervoll L., Bye A., Benth J.�., Bergh S., Melby L., Halsteinli V., Døhl Ø., Røstad T., Eriksen G.F., Sollid M.I.V., Rolfson D., Slaaen M.

Journal of Geriatric Oncology. 2022 March; 13 (3):363-373 10.1016/j.jgo.2021.11.001

Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. 2021 November; https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_358-1

J Geriatric of Oncology . 2021 November; doi.org/10.1016/j.jgo.2021.11.001

Montgomery C., Stelfox H., Norris C., Rolfson D., Meyer S., Zibdawi M., Bagshaw S.

CMAJ open. 2021 July; 9 (3):E777-E787 10.9778/cmajo.20200034

Montgomery C.L., Hopkin G., Bagshaw S.M., Hessey E., Rolfson D.B.

Systematic Reviews. 2021 March; 10 (1) 10.1186/s13643-021-01638-0

Rasiah J., O’Rourke T., Dompé B., Rolfson D., Mansell B., Pereira R., Chan T., McDonald K., Summach A.

J Primary Care Community Health. 2020 December; 12 10.1177/21501327211034807