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  Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS Interviewed for Kaiser Health News on Opiates in Older Adults
Feb 01, 2017 Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS , was interviewed for a Kaiser Health news article, entitled: "Prescribing Opioids To Seniors: It’s A Balancing Act". Dr. Perissinotto says prescribing opioids to seniors is often about helping them maintain their independence and is a delicate balancing act. Please read more here.

  Meredith Greene, MD Interviewed in SF Chronicle About Ward 86
Feb 03, 2017 Meredith Greene, MD was interviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle article, entitled: New SF General clinic treats older HIV patients. This article reports that Ward 86 has made a remarkable new geriatric clinic called Golden Compass, which is directed by Dr. Greene. The new clinic, called Golden Compass, started in January and is growing, with classes, consultations and support groups for people with HIV age 50 and older. It opened with a $100,000 donation made last year by AIDS Walk, which recently committed another $75,000.

  Brie Williams, MD, Alex Rothman MPP, and Cyrus Ahalt MPP Publishes in the Health Affairs Blog
Feb 07, 2017 Brie Williams, MD, MS , Alex Rothman MPP, and Cyrus Ahalt, MPP published “For Seriously Ill Prisoners, Consider Evidence-Based Compassionate Release Policies” in the Health Affairs Blog. The piece discusses the need to enhance compassionate release policies for prisoners with serious illness by grounding them in the science of geriatrics and palliative care. It describes recent successful efforts to remedy longstanding health-related deficiencies in medical eligibility guidelines for compassionate release by the US Sentencing Commission. It argues that these much-needed reforms illustrate the importance of medical leadership in crafting health-informed criminal justice policies, that expanded compassionate release for the seriously ill should be an integral part of national clemency efforts, and that state criminal justice systems should review and revise their own policies as well.

  Krista Harrison, PhD and Christine Ritchie, MD Publishing An Article in the JPSM Journal
Feb 13, 2017 Krista Lyn Harrison, PhD and Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, FACP, FAAHPM have an article in-press at the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, entitled: "Addressing palliative care clinician burnout in organizations: a workforce necessity, an ethical imperative". In the article, Dr. Harrison, Dr. Ritchie, and others call for a systems-level approach to addressing clinician burnout in hospice and palliative medicine, arguing that organizations should take responsibility for being ethical stewards of all resources, including high-trained and talented clinicians.

  Michael Steinman, MD Quoted in NY Times Article
Feb 15, 2017 Michael Steinman, MD was quoted in an article in the New York Times, entitled: "Long-Term Opioid Use Could Depend on the Doctor Who First Prescribed It". The article addresses analgesic prescribing for older adults in the emergency room.

  Kate Radcliffe and Jack Anderson Represents Division of Geriatrics at the UCSF Staff Resource Fair
Feb 16, 2017 Kate Radcliffe and Jack Anderson represented the Division of Geriatrics and Optimizing Aging Collaborative at the UCSF Staff Resource Fair last Friday, February 10 at UCSF Mission Bay. Educational and promotional materials were distributed for the Division, PREPARE Program, Optimizing Aging Collaborative, DAAS, Alzheimer’s Association, Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly, and OpenHouse. Most of the folks that stopped by our table were UCSF staff members who are currently taking care of older adult family members or nearing the stages of having to do so. Health in Aging educational handouts on topics such as home safety, emergency preparedness, memory exercises, and general older adult health tips proved to be the most popular among attendees. The event was a great success, and Kate and Jack enjoyed the opportunity to represent the Division of Geriatrics to the greater UCSF community.

  Sei Lee, MD, MAS Receives the AGS Thomas and Catherine Yoshikawa Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Clinical Investigation
Feb 16, 2017 Sei Lee, MD, MAS has been chosen as the 2017 recipient of the AGS Thomas and Catherine Yoshikawa Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Clinical Investigation! The award recognizes originality and independence in thought in clinical research. Previous recipients of this award from UCSF include Rebecca Sudore, MD (2015) and Louise Walter, MD (2009).

  Pei Chen, MD Provides DAAS Community Training at UCSF Mission Bay
Feb 17, 2017 Pei Chen, MD, Shawna Reeves and Tamari Hedani (Institute on Aging) provided a DAAS Community Training entitled “Safety in Older Adults: A Closer Look at Elder Abuse” to over 50 individuals at UCSF Mission Bay on Friday, February 17 as part of the Optimizing Aging Collaborative at UCSF. Attendees represented a diverse group of community nonprofit and social work organizations, aging and disability resource centers, and Optimizing Aging Collaborative community partners. The training was well-received and featured interactive discussions, small group work, and resource tips related to older adult safety and elder abuse screening and prevention.


  Melisa Wong, MD Publish Papers on Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy in Cancer Survivors
Feb 21, 2017 Melisa Wong, MD published two papers with cancer symptom research mentor Chris Miaskowski, RN, PhD, FAAN in Supportive Care in Cancer on the multidimensional symptom experience of lung cancer patients receiving chemotherapy (with co-mentor Louise Walter, MD) and in Journal of Pain and Symptom Management on chemotherapy-induced neuropathy in cancer survivors.

  The Golden Compass Program Featured in The Bay Area Reporter
Feb 21, 2017 The Golden Compass program, directed by Meredith Greene, MD, at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital's Ward 86 is featured in The Bay Area Reporter. The Golden Compass program offers a one-stop shop for HIV-positive people age 50 and older.

  UCSF Housecalls Program Nurse Practitioners Featured in UCSF Advanced Practice Newsletter
Feb 23, 2017 Our UCSF Housecalls Program Nurse Practitioners, Rebecca Conroy, RN, MS, AGNP-BC, Courtney Gordon, DNP, GNP-BC, MSN, and Helen Horvath, RN, MS, ANP are featured in the UCSF Advanced Practice February Newsletter, distributed on February 6, 2017. See full article entitled: "Highlighting the Advanced Health Practitioners in the Housecalls Program" here.

  The Golden Compass Program is Featured in UCSF News Center
Feb 28, 2017 The Golden Compass Program, directed by Meredith Greene, MD, is Featured in UCSF News Center Article entitled: New Golden Compass Program Helps Older HIV Patients Navigate Health Services. The article shares Norman Tanner's story on how the Golden Compass Program has helped him navigate services in his golden years.

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