Tideswell, AGS and ADGAP Emerging Leaders in Aging Program

The Emerging Leaders in Aging program is an inspiring, interdisciplinary experience that augments and leverages existing leadership skills for clinical, research, policy and educational initiatives in aging. It consists of activities spanning one year, with the anticipation that the community of leaders will remain meaningful colleagues for each other throughout their careers. Beginning with a two-day, in-person workshop in the fall, followed by a series of individual and small group coaching/mentoring sessions via videoconference, and culminating with a final two day in-person meeting in the days preceding the AGS Annual Meeting, the Emerging Leaders in Aging program provides leadership training focused on the unique needs of leaders in aging-specific environments.
Applications are now open and due Friday, January 8, 2021 at 5 pm PST.  Please find our Call for Applications here.
Timothy Farrell
Timothy Farrell, MD
2016-2017 Scholar
“The Tideswell Emerging Leaders program was transformative and arrived at exactly the right time in my career…It seemed as though each monthly videoconference…helped me adapt (in real time) to a turbulent period of transition within our institution while also advancing our IPE program…”
Ilona Kopits
Ilona Kopits, MD, MPH
2016-2017 Scholar
“My leadership training at Tideswell has been key in the structure of my project–creating a definition of what I want to find, creating a survey, learning how to present it in a meaningful, concise way…”
Stephanie Rogers
Stephanie Rogers, MD, MPH
2017-2018 Scholar
“Dr. Stephanie Rogers attributes the success of changing the culture in hospitals to better engaging stakeholder support, something she learned as part of the Emerging Leaders in Aging curriculum.”

Program Overview

The Emerging Leaders in Aging program spans the course of one year, with the anticipation that the community of leaders will remain meaningful colleagues throughout their careers. Scholars work in small groups throughout the program, each led by a prominent academic advisor with expertise in geriatrics and leadership, and which reflect their area of primary interest in research, education, or clinical programs.


Leading Tidal Change Practicum

Scholars focus on a current and pressing opportunity faced at their organizations and identify and implement the goals, action steps, and evaluation strategies needed to address this opportunity and related challenges. The opportunities and potential solutions developed and tested will be aligned with their organizations’ strategic priorities.

In-Person Meetings

The program consists of two in-person meetings:

  1. October 20-22, 2021 (exact location to be determined)
  2. May 9-10, 2022 (Orlando, FL; just prior to the AGS Annual Meeting)

Individualized Coaching and Mentoring

Scholars work with senior advisors and mentors at their local institutions to create a professional development plan to ensure progress on the practicum and enhance their effectiveness as a leader.

Videoconference Meetings

Scholars participate in monthly videoconferences with their small groups and senior advisors.

Program activities are centered on three core leadership areas:

1 Developing Authenticity

Leadership requires self-awareness and “self-mastery.” Do you recognize and understand your emotions, strengths, weaknesses, needs and motivations, as well as their effect on others? Do you have a clear understanding of your values and goals? What are the opportunities and gaps in your leadership abilities that you could strengthen and develop?

2 Leading Others

Leadership involves leading others. What motivates others? How can you best communicate and develop a shared vision and strategies? How can you influence and inspire others? How will you empower others to act? How can you manage conflict and lead teams effectively?

3 Scaling for Impact

Leadership calls for creativity and flexibility to change in resource-limited environments. What positive difference do you want to make? What are the goals, drivers, and strategies that will work? How will you measure progress and outcomes? How can you plan for potential risks/barriers and solutions? How do you “Scale Up” your impact? Who can help you make this change?

“I am now a more self-aware and reflective leader and as a result, more effective.”

– Leadership Scholar

ELIA Program Leaders

The Advisory Board consists of leaders in the field of aging who are engaged in education, research, policy and clinical programs.

Application Process

  1. Thank you so much for your interested in the Emerging Leaders in Aging Program. Please see our application instructions here
  2. Once you gather your personal information requirements, your personal statement, leadership practicum description, and letters of support, please  apply here
  3. Please feel free to contact Sarah Van Zanten, our Program Manager, with any questions at Sarah.VanZanten@ucsf.edu

Application Deadline:

The deadline for applications is January 8, 2021.

Program Fee:

$3800. Program fee does not include air travel, lodging or ground transportation to and from in-person meetings.

In-Person Meetings:

Meeting 1 – October 20-22, 2021 (exact location to be determined)
Meeting 2 – Chicago, Illinois, May 9-10, 2022 (preceding the 2021 AGS Annual Meeting)


Applicants must demonstrate a clear commitment to the field of aging. Participants will be advanced junior or mid-career health professionals working in a clinical, research, policy or education program. The program seeks rising leaders, including clinical, education, and research program directors. We are looking for emerging leaders committed to creating communities where ageism, ableism, classism, homophobia, racism, sexism, xenophobia, and other forms of bias and discrimination no longer impact healthcare access, quality, and outcomes for older adults and their caregivers. We welcome applications from health professionals with a career in the field of aging and a leadership role in their organization, including but not limited to physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, pharmacists, therapists (PT, OT), and non-clinicians with evidence of training/experience in geriatrics or aging, who are working to develop novel programs to advance the care of older adults. Applicants must have a local mentor and institutional support for their practicum, professional development, and confirmed release time to attend program meetings.

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing policy, discovery, clinical care, and education system change in the field of aging.
  • A strong track record reflecting positions of increasing leadership responsibility.
  • Strong institutional support for the applicant and proposed change project.
  • Potential impact of the practicum on the applicant’s career trajectory, including advancement of the individual in the field of aging nationally.

“What a phenomenal group of faculty and scholars! We are on similar paths and it is very encouraging to feel connected to a group of like-minded and motivated individuals.”

– Leadership Scholar

Questions? Email Sarah Van Zanten, Program Manager, at: Sarah.VanZanten@ucsf.edu

Supported by the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

Leadership Scholars

Nimit Agarwal, MD
Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix
Nick Bott, PsyD
Stanford University School of Medicine
Daniel Butler, MD
University of California, San Francisco Department of Dermatology
Raenika Butler, MA
Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services
Anne Halli-Tierney, MD
University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences
Lee Jennings, MD, MSHS
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Maura Kennedy, MD, MPH
Massachusetts General Hospital
Rossana Lau-Ng, MD, MBA
Boston University School of Medicine
Melissa (Kah Poh) Loh, MD
University of Rochester Medical Center
Juliessa Pavon, MD, MHS
Duke University
Elizabeth Phung, DO
Johns Hopkins University
Carolyn Presley, MD, MHS
Ohio State University
Veronica Rivera, MD
Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Andrea Wershof Schwartz, MD, MPH
Harvard Medical School/VA Boston
Tacara Soones, MD, MPH
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Lisa Vargish, MD
University of Rochester
Chanel Whittaker, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Leah Witt, MD
University of California, San Francisco

Anjali Sharma, MD, MS
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Jaime Babiak, PharmD, MHSA
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
John Batsis, MD
Dartmouth University/Hitchcock Medical Center
Grace Chen, MD
University of California Los Angeles
John Culberson, MD, MS
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Maureen Dale, MD
University of North Carolina
Kristine Erlandson, MD, MS
University of Colorado Denver-Anschutz Medical Campus
Sowmya Kurtakoti, MD
Hartford Healthcare
Jennifer Ouellet, MD
Yale University
Linda Park, PhD, MS, FNP
University of California San Francisco
Brian Patterson, MD, MPH
University of Wisconsin
Martine Sanon, MD
Mt. Sinai Icahn School of Medicine
Mina Sedrak, MD, MS
City of Hope
Michelle Sorweid, DO, MPH
University of Utah
Travis Suss, PharmD
Concordia University Wisconsin
Sarah Wingfield, MD
University of Texas Southwestern
Melisa Wong, MD, MAS
University of California San Francisco

Wynnelena Canlas Canio, MD, CMD
Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa
Pei Chen, MD
University of California San Francisco
Ryan Chippendale, MD
Boston University
Sevdenur Cizginer, MD
Brown University
Fayron Epps, PhD, RN
Georgia State College of Nursing & Health Professions
Marianthe D. Grammas, MD
University of Alabama Birmingham
Roopali Gupta, MD
University of California, San Diego
Daniel B. Kaplan, PhD, LICSW, LMSW, CSW-G, QDCS
Adelphi University School of Social Work
Maile Karris, MD
University of California San Diego
Eleni Linos, MD
Stanford University
Una Makris, MD, MSc
University of Texas Southwestern
Emily Peron, PharmD
Virginia Commonwealth University
Liron Sinvani, MD
Hofstra University Northwell School of Medicine
Lauren Southerland, MD
Ohio State University
Rebecca Starr, MD
Health New England/Baystate Health
Rebecca Stetzer, MD
Albany Medical College
Maryam Tabrizi, DMD, MPH
University of Texas Dental School
E. Foy White-Chu, MD
Oregon Health & Sciences University
Shellie Williams, MD
University of Chicago