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  Melisa Wong Awarded NIA R03 GEMSSTAR
Jul 05, 2017 Melisa Wong, MD, MAS was awarded a two-year NIA R03 Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists’ Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) to study an expanded definition of treatment toxicity in older adults with lung cancer. Dr. Wong will be mentored by Louise Walter, MD, Chris Miaskowski, RN, PhD, FAAN, Alex Smith, MD, MPH, and Arti Hurria, MD (City of Hope) to study changes in functional status and quality of life in older lung cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or targeted therapy.

  Welcome Our New Clinical Fellows
Jul 07, 2017 Leah Rorvig: Leah went to Columbia for her undergraduate education then moved to San Francisco to become part of the UCSF family, starting off with her medical school training as a member of the JMP program. Leah just completed her Family Medicine residency at UCSF, where she also took part of the Health Professions Education pathway.

Jessica Neil: Jessica did her undergraduate training at Stanford and then came to UCSF and we refused to let her go. Jessica just completed her training as part of the UC Primary Care Residency program where she did quality improvement projects on improving clinic processes, as well as a Health Systems and Leadership Pathway where she focused on Home Based Primary Care for vulnerable elderly patients (an area where she also did research in during medical school).

Ken Koncilja: Ken went to Villanova for his undergraduate training, University of Toledo for medical school, and Internal Medicine residency at Cleveland Clinic. Ken is now coming to our family after completing his role as an Ambulatory Chief Resident at Cleveland Clinic, which is a role he actually developed!

Leah Jean Witt: Leah did her undergraduate training at Northwestern (including a BA in anthropology and global health!), then went to University of Minnesota Medical School then to University of Chicago for Internal Medicine training, and just finished a pulmonary medicine fellowship (yes, she is our first Geri-Pulm fellow!).

Ashwin Kotwal: Ashwin is our very first GeriPal fellow. Ashwin did his undergrad training in Anthropology at Northwestern, then did graduate training at U Chicago where he got both his MD and a MS in biostatistics and worked with one of our great colleagues, William Dale, on cancer screening, decision making, and cognitive function. Ashwin just finished his Internal Medicine training at Brigham and Women’s and among many things worked on a project at Dana Farber on a tool to screen for prostate related health literacy among lower income African American men.

  Welcome Our New T32 Research in Geriatric Medicine Fellows
Jul 07, 2017 Hala Borno: Hala recently completed the first year of oncology fellowship at UCSF and is joining our T32 with an interest in improving enrollment of underrepresented older adults in cancer clinical trials.

Li-Wen Huang: Li-Win recently completed the first year of hematology-oncology fellowship at UCSF and is joining our T32 with an interest in improving care for older adults with hematologic malignancies.

Anna Kata: Anna is a surgical resident at Georgetown and has joined our T32 to study the epidemiology of and how to improve surgical outcomes in older adults.

  Jack Anderson Presents Poster at Academy Health Conference
Jul 07, 2017 Jack Anderson, a Project and Policy Coordinator with the UCSF Optimizing Aging Collaborative, worked on a study recently presented at the national Academy Health Conference. The study was a state-wide survey of 906 primary care providers (PCPs) in Nebraska which found that PCPs are highly active in engaging patients with chronic diseases in self-management techniques and linking them with community services. PCPs affiliated with larger health systems had more referrals and linkages than those in private practice.

  Welcome Michael Helle!
Jul 07, 2017 Michael Helle is the new Director of Clinical Programs for Office of Population Health and Accountable Care (OPHAC). Michael has been a National Registered Paramedic officially for 23 years on July 5th, 2017. He has held a Critical Care Paramedic License since 2003 and been credentialed as a Certified Flight Paramedic since 2005. He has an undergraduate degree in Science and Business Administration, along with a dual Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration and Business Administration. Michael is very excited to join our team and to help transition our program into the next phase of Care of Home, which includes meeting our Age-Friendly Health System goals! Over the next few months Michael will spend time with individual team members, shadow home visits and attend our team meetings.

  Seth Landefeld Appointed to the Board of Directors of Internal Medicine
Jul 07, 2017 Seth Landefeld, Founding Chief of the UCSF Division of Geriatrics and current Chair of the Department of Medicine, University of Alabama Birmingham has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Internal Medicine. The appointment recognizes Seth's role as an international leader in Geriatrics and Internal Medicine and premier program developer and educator.

  Welcome Our New VA Quality Scholar Fellows
Jul 11, 2017 Lori Holleran, PhD MPH: Lori did her undergraduate work at Arizona State University, her MPH at Harvard University, and her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University. She recently finished her psychology internship and the San Francisco VA Medical Center, and her dissertation was focused on risk factors for suicide among previously incarcerated homeless individuals. Lori is interested in studying suicide prevention in the veteran population.

Lauren Hunt, RN, MSN: Lauren did her undergraduate work at Columbia University and received her nursing degrees from Boston College, and she is currently a doctoral candidate at the UCSF School of Nursing. She is currently completing her dissertation work focused on emergency room utilization in the last six months of life.

Kaitlin Willham, MD: Kaitlin did her undergraduate work at Tulane University. She did her medical school and residency in internal medicine at University of Chicago, and she recently completed her geriatrics clinical fellowship at UCSF. Kaitlin is interested in evaluating geriatrics consultation models to improve quality of care.

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