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  Handbook of Clinical Nutrition and Aging publishes two UCSF Geriatrics Professors!
Jan 07, 2015 Drs. Christine Ritchie and Michi Yukawa published a chapter in the 3rd Edition of the book Handbook of Clinical Nutrition and Aging. Their chapter focused on nutritional needs of older adults at end of life.

  UCSF Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Class of 2016
Jan 07, 2015 The Division of Geriatrics would like to welcome our new class of Geriatrics fellows starting in July of 2015. This year’s class is truly exceptional is exceptional in many ways. The class includes:

Laura Byerly: Laura did undegrad at Boston University in American History, medical school training at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, and is now doing Internal Medicine training at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has done numerous residency projects with a focus on resident resiliency, advance care planning and quality of transitions.

Amy Hsu ( Amy did her medical school training at Brown University and her internal medicine residency training at Yale. Amy is currently with the UCSF Division of Geriatrics as a VA Quality Scholar fellow. Her research interests are in the the intersection of women's health and geriatrics.

Lena Makaroun ( Lena did her medical school training at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is now one of our stellar UCSF Internal Medicine residents and has worked with Edgar Pierluissi as part of the Health Systems Leadership (HSL) Track. Lena is considering various career routes that focus on systems or quality improvement.

Meera Sheffrin ( Meera received a BA in Chemistry from Wellesley College and her MD from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She did her residency training at Stanford and has spent the last two years with the division of geriatrics as a T32 research fellow.

  Christine Ritchie Starts New UCSF Leadership Position
Jan 09, 2015 Christine Ritchie starts this month as the UCSF Medical Director of Complex Care. She will be a leading member of the Health Navigation Team, which is based in the new UCSF Office of Population Health and Accountable Care. UCSF's 5-Year Strategic Plan highlighted population health and accountable care as pillars of UCSF's long-term success so we are delighted to announce Christine's new role.

  UCSF Geriatrics Division January Grand Rounds
Jan 13, 2015 UCSF Geriatrics Division
January Grand Rounds
Wednesday, January 28th, 2014; 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
S214, Medical Sciences Building, Parnassus Campus

Diabetes in Older Adults

Sei Lee MD
Associate Professor, Division of Geriatrics
Senior Scholar, San Francisco VA Quality Scholars Fellowship
UCSF Department of Medicine

Date: Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: S214, Medical Sciences Building, Parnassus Campus

Coffee and tea will be served

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:
Understand the limitations of the current evidence base for glycemic treatment in older adults
Recognize the evidence of harm for more aggressive glycemic treatment
Recognize the uncertainty of benefits for more aggressive glycemic treatment

The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UCSF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 category 1 credit toward the AMA Physicians Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the activity.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA category 1 credit issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

You must sign in to qualify for CME credit.

Faculty Relationship Disclosure
All speakers listed above have declared that neither they, nor any immediate member of their family have a financial arrangement or other relationship with the manufacturers of any commercial products discussed in this Continuing Medical Education activity. In addition, these speakers have agreed to inform learners if they plan to discuss or reference unapproved or unlabeled uses of therapeutic agents or products.

Commercial Support Disclosure
No commercial support has been provided in conjunction with this grand rounds presentation.


  Article published in PLOS One
Jan 13, 2015 Sei Lee, Christine Ritchie, Kristine Yaffe, Irena Stijacic Cenzer and Deb Barnes published the article, “A Clinical Index to Predict Progression from Mild Cognitive Impairment due to Alzheimer’s Disease” in PLOS One. (PMID 25486250) They found that factors that can be obtained in most clinical settings could accurately stratify patients with mild cognitive impairment into those at high risk of progression to dementia and those at low risk of progression to dementia.

  UCSF Center for Surgery in Older Adults Has Launched
Jan 13, 2015 Emily Finlayson, a colorectal surgeon with a joint appointment in the Division of Geriatrics, is the Director of this new Center for Surgery in Older Adults. This multidisciplinary center seeks to discover and implement patient-centered best practices in geriatric surgery that will help older adults achieve their treatment goals. Read more here.

  UCSF Geriatrics Division Receives a Hartford Foundation Sustainability Grant
Jan 13, 2015 The UCSF Geriatrics Division was awarded a John A Hartford Foundation Sustainability Grant of $10,000 to develop a Geriatrics Strategy Team with expertise in alternative Medicare payment models and in communicating about the value proposition of geriatric care. Led by Louise Walter the Geriatrics Strategy Team also includes Mike Harper, Christine Ritchie and Maxine Davis.

  New article published in BMC Geriatrics
Jan 13, 2015 Amy Hsu, Jessamyn Conell-Price, Irena Stijacic-Cenzer, Cathy Eng, Alison J Huang, Kathy Rice-Trumble and Sei J. Lee published an article, “Predictors of urinary incontinence in community-dwelling frail older adults with diabetes mellitus in a cross-sectional study” in BMC Geriatrics. They found that geriatric factors such as the inability to ambulate or transfer independently were as important predictors of urinary incontinence as diabetes factors such as glycemic control and use of glucose-lowering agents.

  Karen Yuan Wins UCSF Great People Award
Jan 14, 2015 Karen Yuan has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to the Division of Geriatrics as our stellar research financial analyst. Here’s a link to our Great People website if you’d like to learn more about this award.

  Louise Walter Named for Contributing to the Best in End of Life Care for Veterans
Jan 14, 2015 Louise Walter was named to the FY14 Bereaved Family Survey (BFS) Honor Roll by a bereaved family. Through the BFS, families who have experienced the death of a Veteran can name exceptional staff who contributed to the best in end of life care at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Jan 15, 2015
Dr. Alex Smith was one of six people chosen to give a TED-like talk at the Department of Medicine Strategic Planning retreat on October 11, 2014. The talks are meant to highlight some of the innovative and inspiring work that is happening in the UCSF Department of Medicine. Six people were chosen to give talks out of 36 nominations. Dr. Smith’s talk is focused on prognosis –the expected outcomes of treatment.

  Tideswell Geriatrics Scholarship Award Summit
Jan 15, 2015 The UCSF Division of Geriatrics is excited to announce the fifth annual Tideswell Geriatrics Scholarship Award Summit open to ACGME interns and residents in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine. The goal of the Award is to stimulate interest in a career in academic geriatrics by recognizing residents’ scholarly or research achievements in aging or geriatrics. Each award carries with it a cash prize of $250 plus a stipend to cover travel and lodging in San Francisco to present their work at a special award summit. More information can be found here.

  Edgar Pierluissi Receives 2015 Heroes & Heart Award from San Francisco General Hospital Foundation
Jan 23, 2015 Dr. Edgar Pierluissi is one of three recipients of the 2105 Heroes & Heart Award from the San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) Foundation. This award recognizes exceptional service and leadership within the community. Dr. Pierluissi was recognized for his passion for caring for vulnerable older adults at SFGH. He is the founding Medical Director of the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit at SFGH, which opened in 2007. The ACE Unit has grown to care for more than 1,200 hospitalized older adults each year with a focus on maintaining or improving physical and cognitive function. Click here to read more.

  Welcome to New Staff in the Geriatrics Division
Jan 23, 2015 December and January have been busy months in the Geriatrics Division with the hiring of several new staff.

Lillian Jahan joined Dr. Rebecca Sudore’s research team on Dec. 1st as a Staff Research Associate at NCIRE. She is working on two randomized control trials in the outpatient clinics to compare two advance care planning patient education guides. Lillian graduated from Oberlin College in May of this year with a BA in Biology and Sociology, and a minor in Chemistry. She was previously working as an assistant to the Athletic Trainers at Oberlin College Sports Medicine, played for the Oberlin women's basketball team, and interned for the UCSF Palliative Care Team.

Ingrid Maravilla joined Dr. Christine Ritchie’s research team on Dec. 8th as an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator. She is working on several concurrent clinical research projects related to the quality and outcomes of health care in older adults, especially those with functional limitations or multiple chronic illnesses. Ingrid graduated from Pepperdine University in April of this year with a BA in Psychology. She previously worked as a research assistant at Christiana Care Health System and Pepperdine University.

Riya Jacob joined Dr. Rebecca Brown’s research team on Dec. 15th as a part-time Clinical Research Coordinator in a limited position. She is assisting Dr. Brown for a few months on a clinical research study focused on health care quality. Riya received her BS in Exercise and Health Science with a minor in Business Management from Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA. She also works as a Patient Care Coordinator at the UCSF Pulmonary and Sleep Disorder Center.

Wendy Santos-Modesitt, PhD joined Dr. Sudore’s research team on Dec. 17th as a part-time Clinical Research Coordinator in a limited position. She is working with Dr. Sudore’s team for a few months assisting with a randomized control trial focused on advance care planning for older adults with chronic illness. Wendy received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco. She is a Psychological Assistant at Kaiser Permanente and has previously worked as a Staff Research Associate with Deb Barnes, PhD, MPH and Dr. Sudore at the SFVAMC.

Xinxing Yu joined Dr. John Newman’s research team on Dec. 18th as a part-time Staff Research Associate 2 in a limited position. He is assisting Dr. Newman for a few months conducting laboratory experiments investigating the role of histone deacetylase inhibition by ketone bodies on protein acetylation, gene expression, and the regulation of diseases of aging in mice. Xinxing received his BS in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley and recently completed a California Institute of Regenerative Medicine Internship Program.

Becky Packard joined Dr. Brie Williams research team in June 2014 as a Clinical Research Coordinator and recently took over management of the clinical research activities for Dr. Williams’ research study “Health and Healthcare Use Among Older Jail Inmates Reentering the Community” that are based at the Tenderloin Clinical Research Center (TCRC). Becky has a BA in Sociology from Sonoma State University and has worked at UCSF for 10 years as a Research Coordinator working on projects related to HIV and incarceration in the Center for AIDS Prevention at UCSF.

Tim Buisker joined Dr. Brie Williams research team as a part-time Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator in a limited position conducting interviews of older inmates in the San Francisco County Jail and released inmates at the UCSF Tenderloin Community Research Clinic. Tim is an Epidemiology PhD student at UC Berekley and also works part-time as a Data Manager in the Center for Aids Prevention Studies at UCSF.

Marisa Guardado, LCSW joined UC Care at Home faculty practice on January 20th as a Clinical Social Worker. She is based at the Laurel Heights campus and will be providing psychosocial assessment, consultation, education, community linkages development, crisis intervention, and supportive services for identified patients, families and caregivers. Marisa received a Masters in Social Work from UC Berkeley and has worked as an Inpatient Psychiatric Social Worker at SFGH for the past 8 years.

  Drs Greene and Covinsky published an article in AIDS
Jan 27, 2015 Meredith Greene and Ken Covinsky along with researchers at Johns Hopkins University published an article in AIDS “The relationship of physical performance with HIV disease and mortality”

  Dr. Drye published a viewpoint!
Jan 27, 2015 Dr. Barbara Drye published a caregiver viewpoint titled "Older Patients With Cardiac Devices” on the need for better patient-doctor conversations.

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