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  Helen Kao is Giving UCSF Medicine Grand Rounds
Oct 03, 2014 Helen Kao will be giving UCSF Medicine Grand Rounds at San Francisco General Hospital on 1/20/15 from 12-1pm (Carr Auditorium), at the San Francisco VA Medical Center on 1/27/15 from 12-1pm (Auditorium, Bldg 7), and at Parnassus on 5/21/14 from 12-1pm. The title of her talk is "Things I didn't learn in 8 years of training...but which make a world of difference to my patients."

  John Newman was named a 2014 Beeson Scholar!
Oct 09, 2014 John Newman's application to the Paul Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research (K08) was titled "Epigenetic regulation of healthspan and longevity by ketone bodies", and described his career goal of translating advances from the basic science of aging to benefit frail and vulnerable elders. His primary mentors include Eric Verdin of the Gladstone Institutes and Mike Steinman. John is one of the few practicing geriatricians active in basic science gerontology, and the award recognizes his potential as a future leader in aging research. He joins a growing lineage of Beeson Scholars in the Division of Geriatrics, including Ken Covinsky, Mike Steinman, Sei Lee, and Alex Smith.

Dr. Newman was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics, and is a Visiting Scientist at the Gladstone Institutes.

  Congrats, UCSF Reynolds team!
Oct 09, 2014 A dozen UCSF faculty led by Dr. Louise Walter traveled to Las Vegas for the Reynolds geriatrics education meeting where Dr. Josette Rivera and Dr. Michi Yukawa’s case won second place for 2014 Education Product of the Year! Drs. Eric Widera, Mike Harper, Kathryn Eubank, Helen Kao, Anna Chang, Brook Calton, Jessica Eng, Heather Schickedanz, and Joan Abrams again proved to be established and emerging superstars in education in geriatrics and palliative care. Congratulations, UCSF Reynolds team!

  Congrats, Dr. Romo!
Oct 10, 2014 Rafael Romo is now Dr. Romo! Rafael Romo, current VA Quality Scholar, successfully defended his PhD dissertation. For his PhD research, Dr. Romo studied decision-making by older adults with a limited prognosis. Alex Smith and Meg Wallhagen were members of Rafael’s dissertation committee. Congratulations, Dr. Romo!

  Newly Published Paper - Dr. Brie Williams
Oct 24, 2014 Brie Williams, MD, MS; Cyrus Ahalt, MPP; Irena Stijacic Cenzer, MA; Alexander K. Smith, MD, MS, MPH; Joe Goldenson, MD; and Christine S. Ritchie, MD published an article “Pain Behind Bars: The Epidemiology of Pain in Older Jail Inmates in a County Jail” in the Journal of Palliative Medicine ( They found that older jail inmates with severe frequent pain constituted a medically complex population with significantly higher rates of multimorbidity, functional impairment, recent fall(s), recent community acute care use and serious mental illness compared to those with less or no pain. The report of high rates of pain suggest that jails are an important site for assessing symptom burden and developing appropriate palliative care interventions.

  Way to go Dr. Schwartz for her upcoming publications
Oct 24, 2014 Next Wednesday, October 29th the San Francisco Chronicle will have an Expert Opinion piece Janice B. Schwatz, M.D. wrote highlighting the PREPARE website.

Also new paper accepted and now on-line by Dr. Schwatz
Article title: Primary Prevention: Do the very elderly require a different approach?
Journal title: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine

  New Assistant Professor Linda Park
Oct 27, 2014 Linda Park, VAQS Nurse fellow, will be starting her new role as an Assistant Professor in the UCSF School of Nursing in November. Congratulations!

  Dr. Welty published in JAGS
Oct 27, 2014 Carolyn Welty had a letter to the editor published in JAGS September 2014 regarding ethical intersection of elder law and elder medical care

  Rebecca Brown received Best Research Mentor Award for UCSF MSTAR program
Oct 27, 2014 Rebecca Brown received the 2014 MSTAR (Medical Student in Aging Research) Best Research Mentor Award for UCSF. Awards are decided by both students and site directors. Information on the MSTAR program is available on the MSTAR website.

  Dr. Eng is the new Associate Director for the VAQS
Oct 28, 2014 Jessica Eng has joined the San Francisco VA Quality Scholars (VAQS) Leadership team as Associate Director. Jessica is a graduate of the VAQS fellowship and will lead efforts on increasing quality improvement skills training and projects among fellows.

  Launch of PREPARE website in Spanish!
Oct 31, 2014 The advance care planning website is now available in Spanish. PREPARE is a program that uses videos and personal stories to help people identify what matters most in life, communicate with loved ones and clinicians, and make informed medical decisions based on their values. It was developed by Dr. Rebecca Sudore.

  “Preparing for the Changing Horizon: Dementia Awareness and Caregiving for LGBT Older Adults in Diverse Communities”
Oct 31, 2014 Preparing for the Changing Horizon

Dementia Awareness and Caregiving for LGBT Older Adults in Diverse Communities

The Stanford Geriatric Education Center, Family Caregiver Alliance, Openhouse, Alzheimer's Association, UCSF NorCal Geriatric Education Center, Institute on Aging and The San Francisco Department of Aging are hosting a 1-day educational program about dementia care and caregiving for diverse, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender,older adults. Come join leading experts and community leaders at this anticipated event designed specifically for the LGBT community, their famillies, friends and partner caregivers, as well as healthcare/social service providers and policy makers.


DATE: Friday, February 20, 2015

LOCATION: The Milton Marks Conference Center
Hiram W. Johnson State Office Building, Lower Level
455 Golden Gate Ave. San Francisco, CA 94102


Phone: (650) 721-1023. Fax: (650)721-1026.

CEUs to be offered. Mark your calendar, and watch for more information about this key event. If you’re interested in exhibiting during this event, email AJ:

Event is hosted by the Office of Senator Mark Leno

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