Alumni Achievement Award 2021 - Dr. Natasha Lane

Serving the global community

Dr Natasha LaneDr. Natasha Lane (BSc ‘09, MSc ‘11) has made outstanding contributions to the field of Geriatrics and is admired by her colleagues for her integrity, leadership and collaborative spirit. Natasha completed her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science (2009) with the Faculty of Science, and her Master of Science in Health Studies and Gerontology (2011) with the Faculty of Health. She has additionally received a PhD in Health Services Research (2016), and a Doctor of Medicine (2020) from the University of Toronto.

In her years since graduation, Natasha has maintained her close ties with the Faculty of Health while serving the global community with her expertise. In 2014, Natasha won the prestigious $150,000 Vanier Scholarship to fund her work studying disability in long-term care residents; this work has been widely cited and won numerous international awards. From 2012 to 2016, she mentored undergraduate medical students on projects to improve infection control in hospitals throughout Kathmandu, Nepal. More recently, Natasha co-authored the first Canadian report on COVID-19’s impact on long-term care residents in Canada. She is currently a physician in Internal Medicine with a research program focused on improving the care of older adults with geriatric depression, delirium and dementia. 

In recognition of her contributions to supporting global health and well-being through her research and embodying the academic excellence and community engagement the University of Waterloo stands by, Natasha Lane is the recipient of the 2021 Faculty of Health Alumni Achievement Award.