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  Dr. Louise C. Walter, MD was appointed Interim Chief of Geriatrics
Nov 05, 2012 Dr. Louise C. Walter, MD was appointed Interim Chief of Geriatrics on August 1, 2012. Dr. Walter joined the UCSF faculty in July 2001. Currently, she is a Professor of Medicine at UCSF and a staff physician at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center where she is a primary care geriatrician for older veterans. Dr. Walter is a national leader in Geriatrics. She conducts patient-oriented clinical research that has transformed our approach to cancer screening in older persons. She has developed novel methodology demonstrating the fundamental importance of life expectancy rather than age in determining benefits and risks of screening. This approach is now cited by virtually all cancer screening guidelines and led to her current National Institutes of Health Research Project Grant (NIH R01). In addition, Dr. Walter is very committed to mentoring. She has mentored more than 30 trainees and faculty at UCSF and across the country, and has a K24 Mid-Career Mentoring Award from the National Institute on Aging. She received the UCSF Academic Sentate Distinction in Mentoring Award in 2010, which is given annually to two faculty who provide exceptional mentoring to fellows and faculty. Dr. Walter is also passionate about improving medical care for older patients, especially those who have complex chronic illnesses, who are at greatest risk for adverse outcomes from a one-size-fits-all approach to medical care. Her passion for personalizing medical care for older individuals fits well with the overall mission of the UCSF Division of Geriatrics--to advance the health of older adults through compassionate care, groundbreaking research, and top-notch education.
 


  UCSF Interprofessional Aging and Palliative Care Students Launch New Senior Health Fair at The Redwoods Retirement Community
Nov 14, 2012 Students from The Interprofessional Aging and Palliative Care Elective and the related Student Interest Group, both led by Josette Rivera, MD, Assistant Professor in the Geriatrics Division, held their first Senior Health Fair at The Redwoods in Mill Valley on Saturday November 3, 2012. Nearly 100 enthusiastic residents of The Redwoods showed up to have students and faculty provide check-ups, including blood pressure, blood glucose, mobility, and oral health assessments. Pedometers were also distributed and set up for members of this vibrant and active community of older adults. The response from the residents was extremely positive, including comments that the health fair was “wonderful,” “fantastic” and “a great job!” Read more here:
 


  Josette Rivera, Ann O’Hare, and Mike Harper were recently published
Nov 28, 2012 Josette Rivera, Ann O’Hare, and Mike Harper published an article in American Family Physician on updates and controversies in the management of chronic kidney disease.
 


  Christine Ritchie, MD and her colleague Dr. Bruce Leff at Johns Hopkins University were awarded a grant from the Commonwealth Foundation and Retirement Research Fund
Nov 28, 2012 Christine Ritchie, MD and her colleague Dr. Bruce Leff at Johns Hopkins University were awarded a grant from the Commonwealth Foundation and Retirement Research Fund to establish a Medical House Calls Network: Optimizing Care Quality for Functionally Impaired Older Adults with Chronic Serious Illnesses. This grant will focus on the development of a group of committed stakeholders who will define quality domains and measures for house calls. Drs. Ritchie and Leff see this as the first of a series of projects that will result in the creation of a national registry for house calls practices, encourage national standards for quality house calls practice, and provide data for comparative effectiveness research.
 


  The Commonwealth Fund recently highlighted UCSF’s Heart Failure Program
Nov 28, 2012 The Commonwealth Fund recently highlighted UCSF’s Heart Failure Program which includes our Geriatrics Transitions, Consultation and Comprehensive Care program. GeriTraCCC was founded in 2010 by Helen Kao to improve the quality of life and well-being of frail heart failure patients returning home from the hospital. The program provides housecalls to patients by geriatrics and palliative care certified physicians, and intensive care coordination with a patient’s clinic-based primary care and specialty providers, and with their home health team.
 


  Congratulations to Lisa Leiva!
Nov 28, 2012 Lisa Leiva received the WINGS Employee Development Grant. The WINGS Program provides financial assistance for the professional and career development of the School’s career staff employees. The Program’s goal is to aid in developing skills, knowledge and other qualities which prepare career staff employees for career growth within the University. Lisa is very grateful for this award that is helping her pay for her tuition as she works towards completing her Masters in Instructional Technology at San Francisco State University.
 


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