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  Francesca M. Nicosia, PhD(c) Giving Public Talk About Medical Anthropology
May 01, 2017 Francesca M. Nicosia, PhD(c), Research Health Systems Specialist in the Division of Geriatrics at the SFVAMC, is giving a public talk as part of her doctoral dissertation defense in Medical Anthropology.

"The logic of efficiency: 'Lean healthcare' and the production of value in the American hospital."
Department of Anthropology, History & Social Medicine Culpepper Seminar Series
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Laurel Heights, 3333 California Street, Rm. 474, San Francisco, CA

  Tim Anderson, MD Selected for SGIM Best Geriatrics Oral Abstract Presentation award
May 02, 2017 Tim Anderson, MD, a primary care research fellow working with Michael Steinman, MD, was selected for the Best Geriatrics Oral Abstract Presentation award at the Society of General Internal Medicine annual meeting. His research is on changes in use of hypertension and diabetes medications among older adults around the time of hospitalization.

  UCSF OAC Awarded Grant from GWEP Coordinating Center
May 02, 2017 Our Optimizing Aging Collaborative has been awarded a grant from the GWEP Coordinating Center for a Community Catalyst consultation. The consultation will inform collection of consumer input on the quality of the patient and family experiences with the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Geriatrics Consult Clinic, where Anna Chodos, MD, MPH is the Medical Director.

  Melisa Wong, MD Selected as a UCSF CTSI KL2 Scholar
May 05, 2017 Melisa Wong, MD, fellow in the Division of Geriatrics’ T32 Aging Research Training Program, was selected as a UCSF CTSI KL2 Scholar. Dr. Wong will study patient-centered measures of treatment toxicity in older adults with lung cancer with mentors Louise Walter, MD, Chris Miaskowski, RN, PhD, FAAN, and Alex Smith, MD, MPH.

  Stephanie Cheng, MD Recognized in the Employee THANKS Program
May 05, 2017 Congratulations to Stephanie Cheng, MD, who was recognized in the Employee THANKS program in the category of Kindness. Dr. Cheng was recognized by a colleague as being "an angel to a mutual patient of [theirs]. She has gone above and beyond the call of duty again and again for this patient that has a horrible sarcoma tumor...When on hospice, she would come up with different ideas such as a GI Diversion, and then saw the patient and directly admitted her for pain control... [Dr. Cheng] has had an indelible impact on [their] patient. She is a role model for all of us."

  Helen Kao, MD Presented at Annual Oregon State University Gerontology Conference
May 05, 2017 Helen Kao, MD gave two presentations at the annual Oregon State University Gerontology conference on April 6th. Her talks focused on Osteoporosis and Bone Health, and on Cancer Screening in Older Adults. The conference provides up-to-date information for professionals from a wide variety of health and human services for older adults.

  Helen Kao, MD to Present at Annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education
May 05, 2017 Helen Kao, MD is collaborating with three professors of law from UC Hastings, University of the Pacific McGeorge, and University of Maine to present a workshop at the annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education, May 7 in Denver. This conference is a national event of The Association of American Law Schools. The focus of their interdisciplinary workshop is to help law schools foster empathy among future law graduates. Dr. Kao and UC Hastings colleague, Yvonne Troya, JD (Law Attending for the UCSF-UC Hastings Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors), will be teaching about older adult experiences and empathy.

  Brie Williams, MD, MS Served As Panelist for a Multidisciplinary Discussion at the San Francisco Exploratorium
May 05, 2017 Brie Williams, MD, MS was a panelist for “In My Solitude: The Detrimental Effects of Solitary Confinement on the Brain” - a multidisciplinary discussion held at the San Francisco Exploratorium about the health impact of long-term solitary confinement with an emphasis on the mind and the brain. The panel was a part of Exploratorium’s ongoing series In the Balance: Bringing Science to Justice which is hosted by David Faigman (Chancellor and Dean, Professor of Law, at the University of California Hastings). A podcast of the panel can be found here.

  Carla Perissinotto Selected as Associate Chief, UCSF Clinical Geriatrics Programs
May 05, 2017 Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS has been selected as Associate Chief, UCSF Clinical Geriatrics Programs effective July 1, 2017. The Associate Chief, UCSF Clinical Geriatrics Programs will be the new Geriatrics Division leader of our UCSF-based clinical programs. Carla will work closely with Louise Walter to support our Division's clinical programs (Care at Home, Geriatrics Consults, Telehealth, e-Consults, Inpatient Geriatrics), determine metrics of success, act as a liaison between other related clinical programs, and develop proposals for expanding our clinical programs across the UCSF Health System. Congratulations Carla!

  Dr. Christine Ritchie Awarded Healthcare Ethics and Law Institute 2017 Pellegrino Medal
May 12, 2017 Congratulations to Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, FACP, FAAHPM who was a recipient of the Healthcare Ethics and Law Institute (HEAL) 2017 Pellegrino Medal for her contribution to health care ethics through her work in palliative care.

  Dr. Christine Ritchie Interviewed by NPR
May 12, 2017 Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, FACP, FAAHPM was interviewed for and quoted in a recent NPR segment on home-based palliative care, entitled “For Some, Pre-Hospice Care Can Be A Good Alternative To Hospitals”.

  Dr. Elizabeth Dzeng Selected as a UCSF CTSI KL2 Scholar
May 12, 2017 Elizabeth Dzeng MD, MPH, PhD a hospitalist and sociologist, was selected as a UCSF CTSI KL2 Scholar. Dr. Dzeng will conduct ethnographic studies comparing high and low intensity hospitals in California to understand contributing factors to overly aggressive, burdensome care at the end of life in older adults with dementia with mentors Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, FACP, FAAHPM, Randy Curtis, Steve Pantilat, and Daniel Dohan.

  Dr. Michael Steinman Publishes Paper in the Journal of General Internal Medicine
May 12, 2017 Michael Steinman, MD published a paper in the Journal of General Internal Medicine with colleagues from Israel documenting extraordinarily high use of benzodiazepines among older Israeli adults.

  Dr. Krista Harrison Selected as a Global Brain Health Institute Atlantic Fellow
May 12, 2017 Krista Lyn Harrison, PhD, has been selected as an Atlantic Fellow at Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI), a two-year international program to train multidisciplinary individuals to lead transformative change in brain health locally and globally. Dr. Harrison will study palliative care needs and interventions for individuals with dementia living at home under the mentorship of Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, FACP, FAAHPM.

  Dr. Brie Williams Interviewed in Aging on Nautilus Article
May 12, 2017 Brie Williams, MD, MS was interviewed in the Nautilus article “The Oldest Problem in American Prisons” about her research career studying the growing population of older adults in the criminal justice system. Dr. Williams described her clinical introduction to the criminal justice system during her medical school years and the reasons that she has continued to devote her career to research that aims to improve the healthcare of older adults and seriously ill patients in correctional settings. The article highlighted Dr. Williams’ strategies for conducting research and publishing in a field where data is scarce, her perspective on how to provide car to older prisoner, and on compassionate release programs.

  Three UCSF Division of Geriatrics Staff receive School of Medicine STAR Awards
May 12, 2017 The Division is proud to announce that three staff members have received a School of Medicine Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Achievement Award! Elaine Chow, Karen Yuan and Suzanne Kawahara are being recognized for their sustained, exceptional performance and/or significant contributions over an extended period of time. Their contributions reflect at least one of the Chancellor’s Priorities and/or the UCSF PRIDE Values. Congratulations Elaine, Karen & Suzanne and thank you for your commitment to UCSF and the Division of Geriatrics!

  Paula Span from The New York Times to Present at UCSF Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine May Grand Rounds
May 12, 2017 UCSF Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
May Grand Rounds

Wednesday, May 24, 2017; 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
HSW 302, Medical Science, Parnassus Campus

Making Friends with Enemies of the People

Paula Span

New Old Age, New York Times
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: HSW302, Medical Science, Parnassus Campus

This lecture is also available to livestream.

Coffee and tea will be served

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

1. Describe ways geriatricians and palliative care physicians can work with media organizations to reach patients, families and the public with accurate, useful information
2. Discuss concepts like news judgment and newsworthiness, reliable sources, access and deadlines
3. Describe ways health journalists are working to improve coverage
4. Explain why coverage sometimes goes wrong and how to help it go right

Please contact Elaine Chow for more information:

  Rebecca Brown Deliver Keynote Address at the Georgia Aging Convening
May 16, 2017 Rebecca Brown, MD, MPH delivered the keynote address at the Georgia Aging Convening on Supportive Housing in Atlanta on May 1st. The address focused on understanding the health challenges experienced by homeless older adults and potential services and supports to address those challenges.

  Drs. Brown, Rivera, Williams and Team Publish Paper in JAGS
May 16, 2017 Rebecca Brown, MD, MPH, Cyrus Ahalt, MPP, Josette Rivera, MD , Irena Cenzer, and Brie Williams, MD, MS published a paper in JAGS entitled "Good Cop, Better Cop: Evaluation of a Geriatrics Training Program for Police." The paper describes how a short, targeted training in aging-related health changed police officers’ self-reported attitudes, knowledge, and anticipated behavior toward older adults.

  Meredith Greene Conducts Webinar with New York State Available Online Now
May 22, 2017 Meredith Greene, MD conducted a webinar in April in conjunction with New York State’s Clinical Education Initiative “Care Considerations for the Older Patient with HIV” available online for CME and CNE.

  Rebecca Brown Awarded Pilot Grant from UCSF REAC
May 23, 2017 Rebecca Brown, MD, MPH was awarded a pilot grant for junior investigators from the UCSF Research Evaluation and Allocation Committee (REAC). Her project focuses on understanding how functional impairment in "young old" adults (younger than age 75) may differ from functional impairment in older adults.

  Welcome Aiesha Volow!
May 23, 2017 Please welcome Aiesha Volow to our team! Aiesha will be working closely with Dr. Rebecca Sudore and her PREPARE team as Health Policy Analyst/Project Coordinator. Aiesha comes to us from Asian Health Services (AHS), where their mission is to serve and advocate for the medically-underserved in the community. Aiesha earned her Master’s degree in Public Health and her B.A. from Tulane University. She has a tremendous amount of experience in program design and implementation, as well as budget management. Prior to AHS, Aiesha was a Technical Coordinator/Program Advisor and a volunteer for the Peace Corps where she garnished and honed her program management and people skills. Aiesha is highly-proficient in advanced Mandarin Chinese, as well as Intermediate SiSwati. Last but not least, Aiesha previously worked as a Research Assistant and Senior Resident Advisor at Tulane, so she is already well-acquainted to the academic setting. Aiesha will play a critical role in helping to expand the Geriatrics’ research program in advance care planning among diverse, vulnerable populations and we are very excited to have her join our amazing team! Welcome Aiesha!

  Welcome Darren Katin!
May 23, 2017 Please welcome Darren Katin to our team! Darren is our new Research Finance Analyst who will work with most of our division’s faculty and oversee a significant portion of their grant funding. With a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Business Development, Darren comes to us with a high level of knowledge in the field of finance and operations. Most recently, Darren worked for Clean ESD Products in Fremont, CA, where he assumed the role of Financial Controller for the company. He was responsible for short and long-term strategic planning, budget forecasting, cost analyses, and financial reporting. He also oversaw business and tax compliance, as well as responded to external audits. In his nine-year tenure at the company, Darren has advanced from the initial role of Billing Analyst (A/R, A/P), to Purchasing & Inventory Control, to Cost Control Analyst, to Financial Controller. We are very excited to bring him on board and I will work closely with Darren to bring him up to speed on research administration. Darren is stationed at Laurel Heights, Suite 380 (outside Dr. Walter’s office). He can be reached at 415-514-0715 or If you have chance to meet him, please welcome him to the division!

  Francesca Nicosia Successfully Defends Doctoral Dissertation in UCSF/UC Berkeley Medical Anthropology Program
May 23, 2017 Francesca Nicosia successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in the Joint Program in Medical Anthropology at UCSF/UC Berkeley. Her dissertation is an ethnography of "health care value" in the American hospital. Her research examines how efforts to increase value by improving efficiency and satisfaction shapes patient and provider experiences of hospital care.

  Rebecca Sudore Publishes Study in JAMA IM
May 23, 2017 Rebecca Sudore, MD published her study entitled, "Effect of the PREPARE Website vs an Easy-to-Read Advance Directive on Advance Care Planning Documentation and Engagement Among Veterans" in JAMA Internal Medicine. Her study found that patient-facing advance care planning tools, including the PREPARE website and the easy-to-read advance directive, increased advance care planning documentation and engagement without additional clinician- or system-level interventions.

  Rebecca Sudore Interviewed in a Geripal Podcast on Advance Care Planning
May 23, 2017 Rebecca Sudore, MD was interviewed in a Geripal Podcast on Advance Care Planning: The Prepare Trial by Alex Smith, MD, MPH and Eric Widera, MD. Dr. Sudore talked about the results of The Prepare Trail, a randomized controlled trial of an easy-to-read advance directive PLUS a web-based decision aid vs the easy-to-read advance directive alone in 414 older veterans with chronic disease.

  Rebecca Sudore Interviewed in UCSF News Center Article About PREPARE Program
May 23, 2017 Rebecca Sudore, MD was interviewed in a UCSF News Center article entitled "User-Friendly Decision-Making Tools Help Older Adults Make Choices for Future Medical Care" about the PREPARE Program. Dr. Sudore states, "What most excites us about this study is that our easy-to-use tools helped people engage in conversations about their medical wishes with their family, friends and clinicians. We want to break down barriers to advance care planning by providing resources people can use on their own. The goal is for people to be prepared for medical decision making and to feel empowered to speak up about who they are as a person and what is important to their health care."

  Watch "Improving Advance Care Planning: The PREPARE Trial" Video Now
May 23, 2017 Rebecca Sudore, MD, John Boscardin, PhD , Mariko Feuz, Ryan Mahan, BS, Mary Katen, BA, and Deborah Barnes, PhD pre-recorded their AGS 2017 Plenary Paper Session presentation entitled, "Improving Advance Care Planning (ACP): The PREPARE Trial. See video here.

  Drs. Harrison and Petrillo Publish Paper in AJPH
May 23, 2017 Krista Lyn Harrison, PhD and Laura Petrillo, MD published a paper in AJPH with Barbara Koenig, Liz Dzeng, Lindsay Forbes and Ben Scribner entitled "How California Prepared for Implementation of Physician-Assisted Death: A Primer," published online May 12, 2017.

  Melisa Wong, MD Awarded Young Investigator and Merit Awards from Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO
May 30, 2017 Melisa Wong, MD was selected to receive a highly prestigious 2017 Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology/Vicky Merryman Women Who Conquer Cancer Young Investigator Award. Dr. Wong will characterize chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in older cancer survivors. This study is mentored by Chris Miaskowski, RN, PhD, FAAN. Dr. Wong also received a 2017 Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Award for her research comparing comorbidity measures to predict postoperative lung cancer survival in the National Cancer Database.

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