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  Dr. Christine Ritchie Contributes to Healthcare Advancement
Apr 01, 2016 Congratulations to Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, FACP, FAAHPM who was selected to be a member of the Palliative Care and End of Life Standing Committee of the National Quality Forum (NQF). Members of this Standing Committee will evaluate measures addressing various aspects of palliative and end of life care and make recommendations for endorsement.

Dr. Ritchie also completed her term as President of American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). She presided over the Annual Assembly held in Chicago, March 8 - 12, 2016.

  Dr. Anna Chang Selected as Associate Chief, Geriatrics Education
Apr 04, 2016 Anna Chang, M.D has been selected as the Associate Chief, Geriatrics Education in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics. She will work closely with Louise Walter, M.D to build interconnectedness, mentorship, garner support and acknowledgment for our tremendous group of clinician educators and empower our Division faculty to do great things in geriatrics education locally and nationally.

  Dr. Anna Chang Nominated for Outstanding Mentorship
Apr 04, 2016 Anna Chang, M.D was nominated for outstanding mentorship in the Pathways to Discovery Program. Dr. Daphne Lo noted that Anna's passion for teaching and dedication are exceptional. The Pathways to Discovery Board of Directors thanked Anna for her exceptional service to student scholarship here at UCSF. This nomination reflects the highest quality guidance indicative of a skilled mentor.

  Dr. Victoria Tang Publishes an Original Investigation in JAMA Internal Medicine
Apr 05, 2016 Victoria Tang, MD , Ying Shi, PhD, Kathy Fung, MS, et al published their research paper "Clinician Factors Associated With Prostate-Specific Antigen Screening in Older Veterans With Limited Life Expectancy" in JAMA Internal Medicine. Their research found that higher PSA screening rates in patients who are at least 85 years of age was associated with having a clinician who was an older man and was no longer in training.

  Dr. John Newman and Dr. Louise Walter Spoke at Art of Aging Gracefully Conference
Apr 07, 2016 John Newman, M.D and Louise Walter, M.D were invited speakers at the 2016 Art of Aging Gracefully Resource Fair at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco on April 7, 2016. Dr. Walter provided introductory remarks about geriatrics and Dr. Newman discussed medication risks and polypharmacy. Learn more here.

  Dr. Brie Williams Interviewed by the Science of Caring UCSF School of Nursing
Apr 07, 2016 The Science of Caring UCSF School of Nursing publication interviewed Brie Williams, MD about her work documenting the challenges for older adults in the criminal justice system for a profile of colleague Douglas Long, RN. The article highlighted Dr. Williams’ efforts in engaging experts, such as nurses like Douglas Long, from across the UC system to bring evidence-based solutions to prison health care as the director of the University of California’s Criminal Justice and Health Consortium.

  Dr. Carla Perissinotto Returns from Volunteer Trip to Altamirano, Chiapas, Mexico
Apr 08, 2016 Carla Perissinotto, M.D just returned from a two week trip to Altamirano, Chiapas, Mexico where she volunteered at a local hospital serving the indigenous communities of Chiapas. During her time there, she worked alongside the local team of physicians, and focused on the care of older adults. She also gave three lectures on the care of older adults, palliative care in low resource settings, and joint injections.

  Dr. Rebecca Sudore Elected into The American Society for Clinical Investigation
Apr 11, 2016 Congratulations to Rebecca Sudore, M.D who is one out of 74 new members elected into The American Society for Clinical Investigation.

  Dr. Anna Chodos Serves as a Panelist during UCSF Alumni Weekend
Apr 13, 2016 Anna Chodos, MD, MPH was a panelist during the UCSF Alumni weekend on a panel, "The New Face of Primary Care", an event that was attended by over 150 alumni. As part of a group of interprofessional colleagues, including Joanne Saxe, RN, DNP, FAAN, Sofia Saeed, DMD, Tim Cutler, PharmD, and Lowen Cattolico, PT, MSPT, OCS, she discussed the importance of interprofessional team-based patient care in primary care and geriatrics.

  Roxanne is a UCSF Great People Award Winner
Apr 14, 2016 Congratulations to Roxanne Espaldon, who was recently selected as a UCSF Great People Awardee! This award recognizes her outstanding contribution to the Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine and School of Medicine. Her multiple nominators cited her impact on engagement in the following areas:
• Removes obstacles to increase effectiveness and impact
• Strengthens teamwork and collaboration
• Increases our connection to organizational goals and institutional missions
• Inspires others to excel
• Makes the School or Department a better place to work

  Dr. Anna Chodos to be a Judge for Laugh Lines
Apr 15, 2016 Anna Chodos, M.D has been chosen to be a panel judge for Laugh Lines: A Storytelling Event about the Experience of Getting Older. The event will take place on April 30th at 1 p.m. PT. This two-hour event—hosted by ABC7 San Francisco sports anchor Mike Shumann and kicked off by award-winning storyteller Olga Loya—will feature a friendly competition among six amateur storytellers (age 60 and older) who will share humorous and authentic stories about aging with an audience of their older adult peers. This event will take place at Public Works (161 Erie Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103). To reserve your spot at the Laugh Lines event, please register here.

The Laugh Lines event series is brought to you by What Is Brain Health?, a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living.

  Andreana Ososki Selected as 2016 Federal Employee of the Year Finalist
Apr 18, 2016 Andreana Ososki has been selected as a finalist for the 2016 Federal Employees of the Year Awards by the San Francisco Federal Executive Board. She is 1 of 47 individuals and teams selected as finalists from many different federal agencies across the U.S. Andreana is the only finalist in the Management Category from San Francisco VA Health System. Finalists will be honored at a special ceremony on May 3, where the winners will be announced.

  Dr. Alex Smith Receives Best Scientific Poster Award
Apr 19, 2016 Alex Smith, M.D received the best scientific poster award at the Annual Older Americans Independence Centers (Pepper Centers) annual meeting for his paper, “Survival, Functional Status, and Eating Ability Following Gastrostomy Placement for Acute Stroke.” Poster judges recognized Alex for his innovative and creative approach and providing data that can improve care decisions in older persons who have severe strokes.

  Dr. Helen Kao Spoke at the UCSF Care of Underserved and Vulnerable Populations CME
Apr 20, 2016 Helen Kao, M.D, Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatrics, and Medical Director of Geriatrics Clinical Programs at UCSF, spoke at the UCSF Care of Underserved and Vulnerable Populations CME in March about how geriatrics can help in the care of these populations.

  Dr. Brie Williams and Cyrus Ahalt Present a Talk on Physical Health Effects of Long-Term Solitary Confinement in Older Adults
Apr 20, 2016 Brie Williams, MD and Cyrus Ahalt, MPP presented a talk titled “First Do No Harm” on the physical health effects of long-term solitary confinement on older adults at the International and Inter-Disciplinary Perspectives on Prolonged Solitary Confinement meeting at the University of Pittsburgh Law School in April. Other speakers represented the Danish Institute for Human Rights, the University of Vienna, Colorado Department of Corrections and 33 other institutions presenting on topics ranging from the effects of prolonged isolation on the brain to alternatives to solitary confinement practiced in Norway, North Dakota, and the UK.

  Dr. Helen Kao Delivered Grand Rounds at Kaiser San Francisco
Apr 20, 2016 Helen Kao, M.D delivered Grand Rounds at Kaiser San Francisco for their April Advance Care Planning month. She talked about dementia care, geriatrics, and the medical-legal approach to Comprehensive Advance Care Planning. Dr. Kao currently leads UCSF efforts to improve the care of older adults and expand access to geriatric care.

  Dr. Brie Williams Hosted an Interdisciplinary Initiative called the COJENT Initiative
Apr 20, 2016 Brie Williams, MD and her team hosted a 2-day interdisciplinary initiative funded by Tideswell at UCSF and the UCSF Department of Medicine called the COJENT Initiative (Criminal Justice-Involved Older Adults in need of treatment). The meeting was facilitated by Dr. Hank Steadman and the Policy Research Associates, and included representatives from the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, UCSF Division of Geriatrics, Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services and over 15 other institutions. An interdisciplinary roadmap and action plan to address the health and social service needs of San Francisco’s criminal justice-involved older adult population is forthcoming.

  Dr. Sei Lee Publishes an Article in JAMA
Apr 21, 2016 Sei Lee, MD published an article in JAMA entitled, "Glycemic Control in Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes," with colleagues from Yale and former UCSF Geriatrics fellow, Dr. Tacara Soones. In the article, Dr. Lee and co-authors argue that for most older adults over age 65, trying to achieve a Hemoglobin A1c target <7.5% or >9.0% are more likely to lead to harms than benefits.

  Dr. Michael Steinman Named Co-Chair of the AGS Beers Criteria Update Expert Panel
Apr 22, 2016 Michael Steinman, M.D was named co-chair of the American Geriatrics Society Beers Criteria Update Expert Panel. The Beers Criteria are a widely-used guideline on potentially inappropriate prescribing for older adults.

  Dr. Carla Perissinotto Receives the 2016 AAHCM House Call Educator of the Year Award
Apr 22, 2016 Carla Perissinotto, MD has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 AAHCM House Call Educator of the Year Award. This award is given to recognize an educator who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the home care medicine profession. The award will be presented at the 2016 AAHCM Annual Meeting during the President's Message on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016.

  Dr. Sei Lee Selected as Vice Chair for an AGS Committee
Apr 25, 2016 Sei Lee, M.D has been selected as the Vice-Chair for the American Geriatrics Society Quality and Performance Measurement Committee (AGS-QPMC). The AGS-QPMC works with the National Quality Forum, American Medical Association and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to improve the quality of healthcare for older Americans.

  Dr. Michael Steinman Interviewed by The New York Times
Apr 25, 2016 Michael Steinman, M.D was interviewed by The New York Times to discuss his recent insightful and highly regarded editorial in JAMA Internal Medicine about polypharmacy and the risk of adverse medication interactions in older patients. Drawing on his ground breaking research on appropriate prescribing in the older patient, he provided useful pearls to NY Times readers about the risks posed by poor prescribing.

  Dr. Brook Calton Launches "By The Bay Health"
Apr 25, 2016 In late March, Brook Calton, M.D , with mentorship from Christine Ritchie, M.D , led the launch of "By The Bay Health," a new, innovative home based palliative care program shared between UCSF and Hospice by the Bay, and supported financially by Blue Shield of California. By The Bay Health has enrolled three patients thus far and is looking for additional payer partners.

  Dr. Rebecca Sudore and Dr. Brie Williams are NPCRC Grant Recipients
Apr 27, 2016 Congratulations to Rebecca Sudore, MD and Brie Williams, MD for being awarded Pilot/Exploratory Support Grants from the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) to support their amazing research.

Dr. Sudore's research project is entitled, "Developing a Toolkit to Empower Medicaid-Paid Caregivers to Manage Common Palliative Care Symptoms."

Dr. Williams's research project is entitled, "Bringing Advanced Care Planning to Prisons."

  Dr. Michael Steinman Appointed to the Diabetes Overtreatment Expert Work Group
Apr 28, 2016 Michael Steinman, MD was appointed to the Diabetes Overtreatment Expert Work Group convened by the National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and Mathematica, Inc. to establish quality measures for diabetes overtreatment in older adults .

  Dr. Helen Kao Named Master Clinician of the Dept of Medicine
Apr 28, 2016 Helen Kao, MD has been named a Master Clinician of the UCSF Department of Medicine. The Council of Master Clinicians was established by the Department of Medicine (DOM) to honor members of the faculty whose main professional focus is clinical care, and who provide such care with uncommon skill and grace. In essence, Master Clinicians are “the doctor’s doctors.” Helen's nomination was noted to be exceptionally strong with numerous comments about her being a trusted colleague, a compassionate and organized leader, a patient and family advocate and one of the most talented clinicians in the nation. Helen's selection as a Master Clinician will be recognized at the DOM Holly Smith dinner at the St. Francis Yacht Club, Thursday May 5, 2016.

  Dr. Jessica Eng Serves on Expert Advisory Panel for the VA Office of Primary Care Services
Apr 29, 2016 Jessica Eng, MD was nominated to be on an expert advisory panel for the VA Office of Primary Care Services. Dr. Eng will lend her expertise on complex and high-risk patients to interpret evaluation of demonstration projects into recommendations for patient-care, programmatic, and policy change throughout the VA.

  The San Francisco VA Dementia Committee was Awarded a Patient Centered Mini Grant
Apr 29, 2016 The San Francisco VA Dementia Committee, co-chaired by Drs. Jessica Eng, MD and Deborah Barnes, MD , was awarded a Patient Centered Mini Grant from the San Francisco VA Healthcare System for a project titled "Dementia Workshops for Veterans and Caregivers". In partnership with local agencies, the workshop in Fall 2016 will give veterans and caregivers resources and skills to deal with the many challenges of dealing with dementia.

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