Leadership Scholars

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Sik Kim Ang, MD

Education Group
Sikkim.ang@baystatehealth.org

Sik Kim Ang is an attending Geriatrics and Palliative Care physician in the Division of Geriatrics, Palliative Care and Post-Acute Care, Baystate Medical Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate regional campus, Springfield, Massachusetts. He is the education coordinator for residents and medical students during their Geriatrics rotation. He has a special interest in multimorbidity and frailty, teaching learners on patient centered care and advance care planning in this vulnerable population. He will be working on Geriatrics and Palliative care themes in an immersion course teaching an interprofessional approach in caring for frail older adults.

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Carla Bouwmeester, MS, PharmD, BCPS, FASCP

Education Group
c.bouwmeester@northeastern.edu

Carla Bouwmeester is an Associate Clinical Professor in the School of Pharmacy at Northeastern University and a Geriatric Clinical Pharmacist at the Harbor Health Elder Service Plan. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. Dr. Bouwmeester is responsible for didactic teaching at the university as well as experiential education and clinical services at a PACE program. She is passionate about teaching and developing strategies for interprofessional, patient-centered care. Her clinical and research interests include de-prescribing, decreasing antipsychotic use for behavioral symptoms of dementia in the community setting, and fall prevention.

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Charlotte Carlson, MD, MPH

Clinical Group
ccarlson@ioaging.org

Charlotte Carlson is Associate Medical Director at On Lok Senior Health by Institute on Aging. She oversees clinical care provided by three multidisciplinary PACE teams and five physicians. She completed internal medicine training and a geriatrics fellowship at UCSF, and an MPH in health system design at Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. She is currently working on a project to reduce ER and hospital utilization by improving panel management and clinical triage processes. In addition, she also leads a multidisciplinary complex care committee focused on improving care planning for high-utilizing and socially complex PACE participants.

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Emily Chai, MD

Clinical Group
ccarlson@ioaging.org

Emily Chai is Associate Professor, Department of Geriatric and Palliative at Mount Sinai. She completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in geriatrics with an emphasis in palliative care at Mount Sinai.

She is a recipient of the Master Clinician Award in Geriatrics at Mount Sinai and an Excellence in Medical Student Teaching in Palliative Care. As Director of the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute she established the first palliative care unit in Manhattan, expanded the interdisciplinary palliative care consultation service at Mount Sinai Hospital, initiated several trigger based palliative care consultation programs, and is currently piloting a primary palliative care program with the hospitalist group. She also leads palliative care across six campuses of the new Mount Sinai Health System.

Dr. Chai is co-director of the annual Intensive Update with Board Review in Geriatric and Palliative Medicine Course at Mount Sinai. She is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Palliative Medicine and she recently edited a handbook on Geriatric Palliative Care for Clinicians.

In addition to her focus on geriatrics, palliative care and models of care delivery, Dr. Chai also has a special interest in Complementary and Alternative Medicine and is certified to practice acupuncture in New York City.

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DorAnne Donesky, PhD, ANP-BC, ACHPN

Evaluation/Research Group
DorAnne.Donesky@ucsf.edu

DorAnne Donesky is an adult nurse practitioner and associate professor at University of California San Francisco, School of Nursing who teaches palliative care and pathophysiology, and directs the Pulmonary Quality of Life Clinic. Her career is dedicated to improving symptoms and quality of life in patients living with serious illness by providing interprofessional palliative care education to students and practicing clinicians in the four core palliative care disciplines of medicine, nursing, social work, and spiritual care. The Institute of Medicine recognizes a need for palliative care expertise to meet the workforce demand since clinicians in practice have inadequate palliative care training. Although palliative care is interprofessional by definition, very few palliative care courses for learners or practitioners are designed by and for all core disciplines. Her project is to develop an interprofessional center for palliative care education that will become a model for interprofessional palliative care education nationally.

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Timothy Farrell, MD, AGSF

Education Group
Timothy.farrell@hsc.utah.edu

Timothy Farrell is Associate Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at the University Of Utah School Of Medicine, and a Physician Investigator at the VA Salt Lake City Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center. He received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his M.D. from the University of Massachusetts, followed by a family medicine residency and geriatric medicine fellowship at Brown University. He is Director of University of Utah Health Sciences Interprofessional Education (IPE), which involves the Schools of Dentistry and Medicine and the Colleges of Health, Nursing, Pharmacy and Social Work. A 2010-2015 recipient of a HRSA Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA) and a co-investigator on Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and HRSA Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement (GWEP) grants, Dr. Farrell’s main academic interest is transitions of care. He developed the Geriatric Transitions Objective Structured Objective Video Examination (GT-OSVE), an online care transitions teaching and assessment tool that has been used by medical educators in the US and internationally. Dr. Farrell also is a member of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Ethics Committee, Co-Chair of the AGS Care Transitions Special Interest Group, and as an editorial board member for the Geriatrics Review Syllabus.

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Helen Fernandez, MD, MPH

Education Group
Helen.Fernandez@mssm.edu

Helen Fernandez is a Professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is Director, Geriatrics Fellowship Program; Associate Director, Division of Medical Education; and Director, Visiting Physician Certificate Program in Geriatrics. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at Saint Vincent’s Medical Center in New York, followed by a fellowship in Geriatrics, where she also served as a Chief Fellow, and a Masters of Public Health, at Mount Sinai. In 2002 and 2007 she received Geriatric Academic Career Awards.

She was co-PI for the Reynolds Foundation Faculty Development grant for “Physician Mini-Fellowships: Geriatrics for Non-Geriatricians” programs. In 2010 she became a National Hispanic Medical Association Fellow. Other recognition includes the Leo Tow Gold Humanism Award, appointed as a HRSA Advisory Committee member by the Secretary of Health, named a Master Educator in the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Institute of Medical Education and, awarded the first American Geriatrics Society Mid-Career Clinician Educator Award. In 2014 she published several articles in competencies and entrustable professional activities for geriatric fellows and leads the development of a geriatric fellowship assessment toolbox.

Meredith Greene, MD, research fellow within the Division of Geriatrics


Meredith Greene, MD

Clinical Group
Meredith.Greene@ucsf.edu

Meredith Greene is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California San Francisco. She is a board certified internist, geriatrician and American Academy of HIV Medicine Specialist. She is especially interested in the intersection of HIV and geriatric medicine and understanding how to improve care for older adults living with HIV infection. Dr. Greene has conducted research on functional impairment, multiple medication use and geriatric syndromes in older HIV-positive adults and has developed a geriatric clinic embedded within the HIV clinic (Ward 86) at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. In addition she has expertise in home care medicine and currently serves as the Medical Director for UCSF Home Health Care and is the Interim Medical Director for UCSF Care at Home, which provides primary care and palliative care services to homebound elders. Originally from the Midwest, Dr. Greene received her undergraduate degree at Albion College and her medical degree at Wayne State University before moving to San Francisco for internal medicine residency at UCSF.

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Abigail Holley, MD

Education Group
Abigail.holley@hcmed.org

I was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. My father was a city cop and my mom a county social worker, and I grew up knowing I wanted to spend my life serving my community. I earned a BA in History and MD from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. I completed an Internal Medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview, where I first fell in love with physician home visiting. I completed a 2-year Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at the University of Chicago, where my research involved a mixed-methods study of the Palliative Access through Care at Home (PATCH) program. I returned back to my hometown in 2010 to work at Hennepin County Medical Center as an Assistant Professor of Geriatrics and began a House Call program for frail, homebound seniors. The program has grown from me doing visits by myself one day per week to a multi-disciplinary team caring for a panel of 120 patients in a Health Care Home model. We train Geriatrics fellows, Internal Medicine and Family Medicine residents, Social Work interns, Nurse Practitioner students and Community Paramedics. Faculty in many other specialties seek guidance from me on when and how to conduct home visits, how to document, and how to bill. My goal in the Tideswell Program is to create a centralized Interdepartmental Center for Home Visiting at my institution.

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Ilona Kopits, MD, MPH

Evaluation/Research Group
Ilona.kopits@bmc.org

Ilona Kopits was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Geriatrics Section, Department of Medicine at Boston University Medical Center in 2008. She completed her family medicine residency and geriatrics fellowship training at Boston University Medical Center. She is a clinician educator for geriatrics trainees and her research interests include falls assessment, Alzheimer’s disease and evaluation of function and disability. In addition to her academic role, Dr. Kopits is a primary care physician at the Uphams Elder Service Plan/PACE program in Boston. She is currently involved in the development of the program’s first supportive housing unit in collaboration with the Boston Housing Authority. She believes strongly in the PACE model and provides opportunities for trainees to further learn about care of this fragile group of patients.

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Erin Leahy, MD

Clinical Group
Erin.leahymd@baystatehealth.org

Erin Leahy joined the faculty of the Division of Geriatrics, Palliative Care and Post-Acute Medicine at Baystate Medical Center in 2015. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin. She worked for several years as a hospitalist and then completed a Geriatric Fellowship at Vanderbilt University. She is dedicated to optimizing inpatient medical care for vulnerable elders by focusing on delirium and fall prevention and reducing readmissions through improved transitions of care and integration of palliative principles. She is currently leading an ACE (Acute Care for the Elderly) pilot at Baystate Medical Center and will transition to Medical Director of Baystate’s new ACE unit, upon its completion.

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Alayne Markland, DO, MSc

Evaluation/Research Group
amarkland@uabmc.edu

Alayne Markland is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She practices outpatient and inpatient geriatric medicine at the Birmingham VA Medical Center and is the Associate Director for Clinical Programs in the Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinic Center (GRECC). Her overarching goal is to enhance evidenced-based knowledge regarding the treatment of genito-urinary disorders, including urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and lower urinary tract symptoms in women and men. She currently is the medical director of the multidisciplinary Continence Clinic at the Birmingham VA Medical Center and practices at the National Association for Continence’s Center of Excellence for Continence Care at UAB.

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Marcia Mecca, MD

Evaluation/Research Group
Marcia.Mecca@yale.edu

Marcia Mecca is an Assistant Professor of Geriatrics at Yale. She received her BA in gerontology from the University of Florida, her MD from University of South Florida, and completed a residency in internal medicine at University of Florida and a fellowship in geriatrics at Yale. She serves on the Dementia Care Committee at Veterans Affairs Connecticut, the Yale Internal Medicine Residency Program Evaluation Committee, and the VA Memorial Service Chorus.

She is committed to geriatric education, and has developed an interprofessional curriculum for teaching core geriatric principles within a Veterans Affairs team training program in primary care.
In addition, she is interested in learning more about chronically homeless older adults, particularly identifying those factors that are associated with improved success in supportive housing. She is working with colleagues in psychiatry to assess participants within the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program for common geriatric syndromes using assessments of cognition, function, and frailty. The goal of this work is to identify conditions early and offer valuable treatments, services, and resources that ultimately may improve housing outcomes for older adults.

She enjoys family running and singing in her family band. New this year will be co-leading her daughter’s Daisy Girl Scout troop.

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Rebecca Rottman-Sagebiel, Pharm D, BCPS

Clinical Group
Rebecca.Rottman@va.gov

Rebecca Rottman-Sagebiel is a Geriatrics Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System and Assistant Professor with the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She received her Pharm D degree in 2003 from the University of Southern California and completed her Geriatrics Specialty Residency at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in 2004. Dr. Rottman-Sagebiel has been Board Certified as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist since 2004. She is the PGY2 Geriatric Pharmacy Residency Program Director. She maintains an active clinical practice in acute and primary geriatric care with precepting responsibilities for pharmacy residents and students.

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Amit Shah, MD

Education Group
Shah.Amit@mayo.edu

Amit Shah graduated from Baylor College of Medicine where he first became interested in geriatrics. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Illinois Chicago and then completed a geriatric medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining the Mayo Clinic Arizona in 2014 he was on faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas where he was clerkship director for internal medicine and worked on increasing the geriatrics content of the medical school curriculum with a D.W. Reynolds foundation grant. He was elected to the UT Southwestern Academy of Teachers and honored by medical students with a number of teaching awards. At Mayo Clinic Arizona he is responsible for a longitudinal geriatrics curriculum, Senior Sages, and is course director for a transitional 5 week course between 2nd and 3rd year of medical school. His passion is medical education and mentoring trainees. His clinical interests include the care of complex and frail older patients and end-of-life care. He enjoys teaching about clinical reasoning and developing online geriatrics education tools and is the Editor-in-Chief of the webGEMs (web-based Geriatrics Education Modules), a national case-based curriculum for medical, NP, and PA students based on the AAMC Minimum Geriatrics Competencies for medical students.

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Kelly Trevino, PhD

Evaluation/Research Group
Ket2017@med.cornell.edu

Kelly Trevino is a clinical psychologist with specializations in geropsychology and psychosocial oncology. She received her Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University and completed fellowships at the VA Boston Healthcare System and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Trevino joined the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Medicine in 2014. Her research examines the nature and predictors of distress in patients with life-threatening illness. In addition, she develops and evaluates interventions to reduce this distress and improve care received at the end of life. As a current recipient of the Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research funded by the National Institute on Aging and the American Federation for Aging Research, Dr. Trevino is developing and evaluating an anxiety intervention for older adults with advanced cancer and their caregivers.

2015-2016 Cohort

Benjamin A. Bensadon, EdM, PhD

Benjamin A. Bensadon EdM, PhD

bbensadon@health.fau.edu

Dr. Benjamin A. Bensadon, Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program’s Geriatrics & Palliative Care rotation, and Assistant Professor of Clinical Biomedical Science in the Department of Integrated Medical Science, Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, is a licensed clinical geropsychologist.  He develops, implements, and evaluates training curricula in classroom and clinical settings for medical students, residents, and other health sciences trainees; has worked clinically in long-term care/geriatric rehabilitation, outpatient primary care, and specialty settings; and he conducts clinical and medical education research.  He received his doctoral training at the University of Florida and completed a Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellowship in the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  He is editor of a collaborative text co-written by physicians and psychologists titled Psychology and Geriatrics: Integrated Care for an Aging Population (Elsevier), and has co-authored book chapters on management decisions in mild cognitive impairment (Clinics in Geriatric Medicine) and geriatric neurology (Scientific American in press). Dr. Bensadon has published and lectured nationally and internationally.

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Thomas Caprio MD, MPH, MSHPE, CMD, HMDC, FACP

Thomas_Caprio@URMC.Rochester.edu

Dr. Thomas Caprio is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Clinical Nursing, and Public Health at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York.  He serves as director of the geriatric medicine fellowship program, director of the geriatric assessment clinic, and director for the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center. He is past-President for the National Association of Geriatric Education Centers and the National Association for Geriatric Education.  In July 2015, he received funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the establishment of the Finger Lakes Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program which provides education and training related to geriatrics and dementia care for health care professionals, rural primary care providers, academic faculty, and family caregivers.

Jessica Colburn

Jessica Colburn, MD

jcolbur1@jhmi.edu

Dr. Jessica Colburn is a clinician educator whose academic work focuses on improving geriatric primary care through education of primary care providers, interprofessional teams, and medical trainees.  She is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and the Director of the Johns Hopkins Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program grant, which is funded by HRSA and focuses on educational initiatives to improve geriatric primary care across the state of Maryland.  She also directs the Life Cycle-Aging Horizontal Strand in the School of Medicine, integrating aging and geriatrics across the medical school curriculum at Johns Hopkins.  Her clinical work focuses on geriatric primary care in the outpatient clinic and house call program, where she teaches fellows, residents, and medical students to care for older adults living in the community.

Lindsey Dahl

Lindsey Dahl, MD

lindsey.dahl@sanfordhealth.org

Dr. Lindsey Dahl currently works in a general Internal Medicine practice with an emphasis in geriatrics in Fargo, North Dakota.  She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she received a degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology.  Dr. Dahl received her medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska and completed an Internal Medicine residency as well as a Geriatric Fellowship at Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She enjoys spending time with her family: husband Ben, son Caleb – 6 years old, and daughter Brielle – 4 years old.

Kevin Foley

Kevin Foley, MD

foleyke@msu.edu

Dr. Kevin Foley is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Internal Medicine and head of the Geriatrics and Gerontology Division in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University.  He is also the Medical Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Service in the Department of Neuroscience at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids.  He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia and completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in geriatric medicine at the University of Michigan. Following his fellowship, he practiced at Henry Ford Health Systems in Detroit and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  His scholarly interests include the areas of geriatrics workforce development, dementia diagnosis and management, and geriatrics education in graduate medical programs.

Tanya Gure

Tanya Gure, MD

tanya.gure@osumc.edu

Dr. Tanya R. Gure is a board certified Geriatrician and Internist.   She is appointed as an Assistant Professor and has served as Section Chief of Geriatrics at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center since 2013.  Tanya’s time as a Leadership Scholar will be dedicated to managing the operations of the Geriatric Inpatient Consult and Subacute Care services at OSUWMC.  She is also eager to learn best practices from the Tideswell faculty, mentors, as well as her fellow class of participants.

Lesca Hadley

Lesca Hadley, MD

lhadley@jpshealth.org

Dr. Lesca Hadley has been the Geriatrics Fellowship Program Director at John Peter Smith Hospital since 2005.  After graduating from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 1998, Dr. Hadley completed a Family Medicine Residency and Geriatrics Fellowship at John Peter Smith Hospital in Ft Worth, Texas.  She is currently in the process of completing a Graduate Certificate in Academic Medicine at the University of North Texas.  In addition to Geriatrics, Dr. Hadley has a great interest in Refugee and Global Health.

Laura Iglesias Lino

Laura Iglesias Lino, MD

Laura.IglesiasLinoMD@baystatehealth.org

Dr. Laura Iglesias Lino joined the faculty of the Division of Geriatrics, Palliative Care and Post-Acute Medicine at Baystate Medical Center in 2010. She is the director of geriatrics and palliative care at Brightwood Health Center and associate medical director for hospice at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.  She finds working with vulnerable populations especially gratifying and is focused on developing, implementing and improving programs for patients with dementia and/or confronting end of life in the community.

Chandrika Kumar

Chandrika Kumar, MD

Chandrika.kumar@yale.edu

Dr. Chandrika Kumar joined the Yale geriatric faculty as an assistant professor in July 2009 following her fellowship training.  She has served as an abstract reviewer for the American Geriatric Society annual meeting for the past four years and is currently a member of the Public Education committee within the AGS.  Dr. Kumar is a geriatric academic career award (GACA) recipient and wears several hats in her role as a clinician and a clinician educator.  Her passion is teaching and providing excellent geriatric medical care.  Dr. Kumar’s time is divided between serving the geriatric needs at the West Haven VA in the geriatric consult service, Adler geriatric assessment center, and the acute care for the elderly unit at Yale. Teaching medical residents and geriatric fellows remains one of her primary focus areas as she continues to make curricular changes and evaluation method changes to fit in with the milestone requirements.

Jeannie Lee

Jeannie Lee, PharmD, BCPS, CGP, FASHP

jlee@pharmacy.arizona.edu

Dr. Jeannie Lee is an associate professor at the University of Arizona Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine, and assistant head in the Department of Pharmacy Practice & Science.  She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, and Fellow of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.  Dr. Lee practices interprofessionally at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in the Home-Based Primary Care and Banner-University Medical Center in the Interprofessional Geriatrics Clinic.  She is also research associate and faculty of the Arizona Center on Aging.  Dr. Lee is passionate about teaching, is published widely, and actively collaborates in NIH and HRSA-funded interprofessional research.

Carla Perissinotto

Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS

Carla.Perissinotto@ucsf.edu

Dr. Carla Perissinotto is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine.  Carla is dedicated to working in both community and academic settings; she divides her clinical activities between a community health setting at the Over60 Health Center in Berkeley and UCSF Care at Home, which provides medical care to home bound older adults.  Carla received her medical school training at Tufts University and completed both her Internal Medicine and Geriatrics training at UCSF.  In addition, she holds a Masters in Health Science from Johns Hopkins University from the Department of Population and Family Health.  Carla also has a special interest in teaching primary care doctors how to more effectively recognize cognitive impairment in the outpatient primary care setting.  She is a recipient of the HRSA Geriatric Academic Career Award 2010-2015, with which she is developing curricula to teach a wide range of learners about the care of elderly patients in diverse settings.  Carla recently gained national and international recognition for her research on the effects of loneliness on the health of older adults.

Thomas Reske, MD, PhD

Thomas Reske, MD, PhD

treske@lsuhsc.edu

Dr. Thomas Reske is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.  He completed a four year combined Geriatrics and Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Boston University Medical Center following his internal medicine residency at SUNY Buffalo.  He currently serves in the role as Acting Interim Chief and Fellowship Program Director of the Section of Geriatric Medicine, as well as core faculty in the Section of Hematology and Oncology at LSU Health Sciences Center.

Brooke Salzman, MD

Brooke Salzman, MD

brooke.salzman@jefferson.edu

Dr. Brooke Salzman has been faculty for 10 years at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA in the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care.  She serves as the Medical Director of the outpatient practice, Jefferson Geriatrics, as well as the Program Director for their fellowship in geriatric medicine.  Her current interests include innovative healthcare delivery models for older adults and super utilizers with multiple comorbidities.

Camille Vaughan, MD, M

Camille Vaughan, MD, MS

Camille.Vaughn@emory.edu

Dr. Camille Vaughan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Medicine & Geriatrics and Associate Section Chief for Research in Geriatrics and Gerontology at Emory University.  She is a geriatrician and clinician investigator with a focus on new approaches to the care of older adults and in optimizing management of geriatric syndromes such as urinary incontinence.  Dr. Vaughan is currently supported by a Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research & Development career development award to evaluate exercise-based behavioral therapy for urinary symptoms in Parkinson disease.  She also serves as an investigator in the Birmingham/Atlanta GRECC and Atlanta VA Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation.

Laura Wagner, PhD, RN, GNP, FAAN

Laura Wagner, PhD, RN, GNP, FAAN

Laura.Wagner@ucsf.edu

Dr. Laura M. Wagner is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing and an Associate Director of the UCSF/John A. Hartford Foundation Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence.  For the past ten years, her scholarship has focused on educating nurse practitioner  students about care of frail older adults and patient safety and quality improvement.  She conducts research aimed at improving the safety of frail nursing home residents.  She is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications and has been the Principal Investigator on grants totaling over $1 million.  Dr. Wagner was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2013, and she is the recipient of several awards including the Springer Award in Geriatric Nursing Research (2008), Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator in Aging Award (2009), UCSF Hellman Faculty Scholar (2013), and the Western Institute of Nursing Scholar Award (2014).