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  Dr. Tang's abstract accepted for HSR&D/QUERI National Conference
May 01, 2015 Victoria Tang, M.D.'s abstract for the 2015 HSR&D/QUERI National Conference has been accepted for poster presentation. Her abstract is titled, "Identifying Provider Factors associated with PSA screening among Elderly Veterans with Limited Life Expectancy". The dates of the 2015 HSR&D/QUERI National Conference are July 8-10 and the conference will be held in Philadelphia.

  Dr. Steinman quoted in an Associate Press article!
May 01, 2015 Mike Steinman, M.D. was quoted in an Associated Press article on prescribing for older adults with Medicare that was published in the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and a number of other media outlets.

  Dr. Tang presented for Lipkin award at SGIM
May 01, 2015 Victoria Tang, M.D. presented for the Lipkin award as an oral presentation at SGIM last week. Her scientific abstract, “Determinants of Functional Recovery in Older Adults with Hip Fracture" was very well-received, had a great turn out with excellent comments and questions.

  SFGH Division of Hospital Medicine - Interim Chief - Dr. Pierluissi
May 01, 2015 Edgar Pierluissi, M.D. Professor of Medicine at UCSF will assume the role of Interim Chief of the SFGH Division of Hospital Medicine effective May 11, 2015 as Jeff Critchfield takes on a new role as SFGH Chief Medical Experience Officer.

Dr. Pierluissi has cared for vulnerable populations his entire career and is committed to healthcare quality improvement. He merged these interests as the founding and current Medical Director of the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit at the San Francisco General Hospital. The SFGH adopted this model of care to meet the needs of a growing older population in San Francisco. Since opening in February, 2007, the Unit cares for 1200 patients each year. Dr. Pierluissi continues to work to improve and expand this model and to teach his peers about the ACE care model, which, with his assistance, has been replicated in hospitals throughout the country. He was named a San Francisco General Hospital Hero in February 2015.

Dr. Pierluissi received his MD from Harvard Medical School and completed training and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and a fellowship in Quality Improvement through the Veterans Affairs National Quality Scholars Fellowship. After training he worked for the County of San Mateo as a staff physician, as the medical director of the North County Health Center, and as VP for Quality Improvement. He joined the faculty of the UCSF Division of Geriatrics in 2006 and the SFGH Division of Hospital Medicine in 2008.

Please join in welcoming and supporting Edgar in this new role.

  Article published in BMJ
May 01, 2015 Victoria Tang, M.D., John Boscardin, Irena Stijacic-Cenzer, Sei Lee, M.D. published an article in BMJ titled, “Time to benefit for colorectal cancer screening: survival meta-analysis of flexible sigmoidoscopy trials”. The article is about time benefits of using flexible sigmoidoscopy for colorectal cancer screening.

  JAMA Article by Louise Walter Highlighted at ACP Meeting
May 07, 2015 The JAMA article by Drs. Mara Schonberg and Louise Walter about screening mammography in older women was highlighted at the national American College of Physicians (ACP) meeting last week. The presenter suggested everyone read the article and use some of the tips for how to discuss issues of screening with older patients.

  Anne Suskind Discusses Importance of Geriatrics at Urology Grand Rounds
May 07, 2015 Dr. Anne Suskind, who works with Drs. Walter and Finlayson, gave a terrific presentation at UCSF Urology Grand Rounds. She discussed the importance of assessing frailty in surgical decision-making and that half of all urology visits are by people age 65+ (see attached slide). She also discussed the new UCSF Prehab Clinic is designed to help with this complex surgical decision-making, which is being led by Drs. Finlayson and Tang.

  4 new faculty will be joining the UCSF Division of Geriatrics!
May 08, 2015 Please welcome four new faculty joining the our Division of Geriatrics:

Anne Fabiny MD has accepted the position of Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics Palliative and Extended Care at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). Her UCSF title will be Associate Chief of Clinical Geriatrics at SFVAMC. She will start on September 1st. Anne has been on the Harvard faculty since 1997 and has been Chief of the Division of Geriatrics at Cambridge Health Alliance since 2006. Anne is a master clinician and leader and is nationally known for her scholarly work in medical education.

Meredith Greene MD has accepted the position of Associate Medical Director of UCSF Care at Home. She will start on July 1st. Meredith completed her internal medicine residency and geriatrics fellowship at UCSF. She is passionate about housecalls and interdisciplinary team care and is nationally know for her research and program building activities focused on HIV and aging.

Stephanie Rogers MD has accepted the position of Medical Director of Hennessey Wellness. She will start at the end of July. Stephanie completed her internal medicine residency and geriatrics fellowship at UCSF. She is passionate about geriatric hospital medicine and has been leading efforts to build new geriatrics consultation services at UCSF for international patients and for hospitalized older adults.

Pei Chen MD has accepted the position of Associate Medical Director of UCSF Center for Geriatric Care. She will start on August 1st. Pei completed her internal medicine residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and her geriatrics fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is passionate about outpatient geriatric care and has been active in quality improvement initiatives and trainings to improve communication about older patients across settings of care (e.g., rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals).

  Dr. Ventura presents at multiple research meetings
May 14, 2015 Maria Ventura, Ph.D presented a poster at the annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting in March 2015. The poster was titled, "Motor and Cognitive Benefits of Dance for People with Parkinson's Disease." Dr. Ventura’s abstract was also accepted for the annual Movement Disorders Society meeting in San Diego in June. Her poster title will be, "Improving Cognitive Functioning and Quality of Life through Dance for PD: A Pilot Intervention Trial."

  Nursing staff of the CLC honored with special nursing awards
May 22, 2015 During the annual Nurses Appreciation Week at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, several nursing staff of the Community Living Center (CLC) were honored with special nursing awards. Our Assistant Nurse Manager for the first floor, Yudelka Cannizzaro RN , received the prestigious Cheryl Andersen-Sorensen Award which recognizes a nurse who has had an exceptional impact on nursing morale and job satisfaction. The Secretary’s Award of Excellence in Nursing Practice for Nursing Assistant was given to Cesar Montes Jr. CAN. This award honors those who have demonstrated the highest standards of practice and have served the veterans with knowledge, compassion, dignity and respect. The recipients of the Peer Recognition Awards were Anna Marie Chan, RN; Miraluna Prado Marquez, LVN; Dennis Fulgueras, CNA; Crystal Sims, CNA; Luis Cientos, LVN; and Irene Xu, RN. They were nominated by their peers for their outstanding care of CLC veterans. We are very fortunate to be working with exceptionally dedicated and compassionate nurses at the CLC, and they all deserved to be recognized for their outstanding work.

  AAMC News and AGS Highlight UCSF Reynolds Accomplishments
May 28, 2015 The work of the UCSF Reynolds team was highlighted by the Association of The Association of American Medical Colleges and showcased at the American Geriatrics Society. Sample accomplishments include: Dr. Daphne Lo and Dr. Rachael Lucatorto launched an ambitious interprofessional education workshop on discharge medications for all MS4s with the School of Pharmacy. Dr. Josette Rivera received a competitive intramural education grant from the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators and was featured at the 2015 Medical Education Retreat. Dr. Michi Yukawa and Dr. Eric Widera launched a new multi-media branching case on transitions for all MS2s. Dr. Stephanie Rennke and Dr. Michi Yukawa expand their medication reconciliation innovation to all MS1s. Dr. Kathryn Eubank and Dr. Michael Harper continue to change the culture of internal medicine residency training by advancing team-based care in the inpatient setting. Dr. Anna Chang and Ms. Joan Abrams lead this team.

  Dr. Chodos and Pierluissi as well as Ryan Greysen published an article in JGIM
May 28, 2015 Anna H. Chodos, MD, Edgar Pierluissi, MD, and Ryan Greysen published "Hospitalization-Associated Disability in Adults Admitted to a Safety Net Hospital" with a group of authors from SFGH in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, now available electronically ahead of print. Their findings showed that hospitalization-associated disability was as common in the youngest adults, ages 55-59, as it was in those ages 70-79 in this setting, and therefore interventions aimed at preventing or treating hospitalization-associated disability may be important for these vulnerable adults.

  Congratulations to Dr. Ritchie from GSA
May 28, 2015 The Gerontological Society of America has congratulated Christine Ritchie, MD on her recent quote in The Journal Gazette.

  Vitamin D trial results accepted in JAGS
May 28, 2015 Janice B. Schwartz, MD is proud to share the manuscript on the randomized double-blind trial with Vitamin D has been accepted for publication as Clinical Investigation in the next available issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The manuscript is about vitamin D concentration responses to vitamin D3 administration to older people without sun exposure.

  Dr. Aronson interviewed on KALW
May 28, 2015 Louise Aronson MD MFA discussed aging in a radio conversation “Talking Aging” emphasizing the many positives and emerging trends with renowned host Hana Baba.

  Publication in Liver International
May 28, 2015 Janice B. Schwartz, MD supported in the manuscript in Liver International titled, “Total 25(OH) Vitamin D, Free 25(OH) Vitamin D, and Markers of Bone Turnover in Cirrhotics With and Without Synthetic Dysfunction”.

  Dr. Aronson discusses new Medicare care coordination payment
May 28, 2015 Louise Aronson MD MFA was interviewed on Sound Medicine about the new Medicare care coordination payments for non face-to-face care by primary care providers.

  Anna Chodos, MD Interviewed on KQED
May 28, 2015 Dr. Anna Chodos was interviewed on KQED about avoiding common health care mistakes as you age. Here is a link to her interview at

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