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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.

  Welcome Richard Kim!
Jul 20, 2017 Please welcome Richard Kim, Research Finance Analyst, who will be working with our division 50% of the time.

Richard comes to us from Cincinnati, Ohio, where he has worked for the last 16 years. Richard earned his bachelor of science degree in Chemical Engineering, and a minor in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana. From 2000-2006, Richard worked at Procter & Gamble as their R&D Upstream Technology Engineer. He then made a smooth transition over to finance within the same company, serving as their Senior Financial Analyst where he provided product, business, and operation management analyses and supported business decision-makings and long-term strategy planning. How did we know it was a smooth transition? Because after just two years, he was promoted to Finance/Budget Manager, where he governed all monthly and quarterly financial modeling and FP&A duties. We are extremely excited to work with Richard and we are so glad that he has joined our team!

Richard is stationed at Laurel Heights on the 4th floor, Suite 435. His email is (his desk phone is still not ready, but please contact Karen Yuan if you need to reach him). Anyhow, if you happen to see him around, please welcome him to the team!

  Brie Williams Quoted in New York Times Article
Jul 24, 2017 Brie Williams, MD, MS is quoted in a New York Times article by Paula Span (online now and in print on 7/25/17) focused on police interactions with older adults, highlighting cases in which older adults with dementia were arrested. To Dr. Williams, these episodes underscore the need to improve the way police officers react when they encounter older citizens. “This is a specialized group in need of specialized responses,” she said. The article also discusses that since 2011, UCSF has provided a 2-hour course about older adults for the San Francisco Police Department. To read more see link here.

  Welcome Edison Xu!
Jul 24, 2017 Please welcome Edison Xu, our new Clinical Research Coordinator, working with Dr. Mike Steinman and Dr. Rebecca Brown! Edison comes to us from AmeriCorps, American Red Cross where he most recently worked as a Regional Preparedness Program Coordinator, providing and coordinating health services to disaster response operations serving 600+ clients. Prior to that, Edison worked as a Virtual Reality Therapist where he provided palliative care to 10+ geriatric patients using virtual reality technology. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley, Edison also garnered working experience as an Emergency Medical Technician at the Berkeley Medical Reserve Corps and a Hypertension Clinician at Lifelong Medical Care, Over 60 Health Center. Last but not least, Edison also co-authored a publication on the “Evidence for a causal relationship between low vitamin D, high BMI, and pediatric-onset MS.” Edison will be stationed at the VA and working closely with Drs. Steinman and Brown on their research. We are very excited to have him join our team. If you have a chance to meet him, please give him your warmest welcome!

  IAGG 2017 Conference - UCSF Geriatrics Events - 7/24/2017
Jul 24, 2017 Please see below for UCSF Geriatrics Events at this year's IAGG Conference for Monday, July 24, 2017.

  IAGG 2017 Conference - UCSF Geriatrics Events - 7/25/2017
Jul 24, 2017 Please see below for UCSF Geriatrics Events at this year's IAGG Conference for Tuesday, July 25, 2017.


  IAGG 2017 Conference - UCSF Geriatrics Events - 7/26/2017
Jul 24, 2017 Please see below for UCSF Geriatrics Events at this year's IAGG Conference for Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

  Daphne Lo Starts New Role as Assistant Course Director for the Health Professions Education (HPE) Pathway
Jul 25, 2017 Daphne Lo, MD started her new role as Assistant Course Director for the Health Professions Education (HPE) Pathway. HPE is a one-month intensive elective in education theory and curricular design and evaluation in health professions education with a year-long education project. Dr. Lo was a previous graduate of HPE during her fellowship.

  Watch Video to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the UCSF Division of Geriatrics
Jul 27, 2017 This year the UCSF Division of Geriatrics is celebrating our 20th Anniversary. The Division began back in 1997 when Dr. Seth Landefeld was recruited to establish a Geriatrics Division at UCSF. The Division began with two faculty, Drs. Seth Landefeld and Bree Johnston. Dr. Louise Aronson was the first Geriatrics Fellow in 1997, followed by the first class of Geriatrics Fellows in 1998 (Drs. Bill Lyons, Steve Bonasera, Martha Terry and Louise Walter) and Dr. Ken Covinsky was the 3rd faculty member, joining the Division in 1998. Over the past 20 years the UCSF Division of Geriatrics has grown from 2 faculty to 41 faculty and we have developed many wonderful colleagues across multiple divisions, departments, schools, institutions and the community who are passionate about improving the health and well-being of older people. To celebrate the UCSF Division of Geriatrics 20th Anniversary we have developed a 5-minute video which can be viewed here:

  Anna Chodos Chaired and Presented a Symposium at IAGG 2017
Jul 28, 2017 Anna Chodos, MD, MPH chaired and presented a Symposium at IAGG entitled "Disrupting Aging: Changing Paradigms of Reaching Older Adults in Underserved Communities" on July 24th, co-chaired by Dr. Erwin Tan, Director of Thought Leadership, Health, at AARP. In her talk "Partnering to Better Serve Vulnerable Older Adults", she presented her work on creating and leading the Optimizing Aging Collaborative. Through education and practice improvement, the OAC integrates geriatrics into primary care and community services to reach underserved older adults. She highlighted the immense contributions of many UCSF geriatrics faculty and staff and School of Medicine and Nursing colleagues, including Louise Walter (co-PI), Alicia Neumann (Program Director), Jack Anderson, Kate Radcliffe, Elaine Chow, Josette Rivera, Carla Perissinotto, Helen Horvath, Pei Chen, Eric Widera, Brie Williams, Helen Kao, Louise Aronson, Lynda Mackin, Miranda Dunlop, Brooke Hollister, Janet Myers and Remi Frazier.

  Anna Chodos Interviewed in a Geripal Podcast about the Optimizing Aging Collaborative
Jul 28, 2017 Anna Chodos, MD, MPH was interviewed in a Geripal Podcast on Bringing Community Partners Together to Improve the Care of Older Adults by Alex Smith, MD, MPH and Eric Widera, MD. Dr. Chodos talked about her work in creating the Optimizing Aging Collaborative. The collaborative's goal is to enhance and unify care of older adults in the community by creating a unique partnerships between public, human service, and academic organizations.

  John Newman Spoke and Moderated at IAGG UCSF Forum
Jul 31, 2017 John Newman, MD, PhD spoke and moderated at the IAGG UCSF Forum, “Redefining Aging: Innovation at UCSF" on July 25. He spoke on “Bringing the Biology of Aging to the Bedside”, describing past and present innovations at UCSF in understand aging biology and applying it to clinical care. He also moderated a panel on “Extending Quality Life Years”, spanning basic to clinical research. Elsewhere at IAGG, he presented a poster describing his work on applying ketogenic therapies to Alzheimer’s mouse models, and presented a session “From Bench to Bedside: Understanding Molecules, Pathways, and Biomarkers to Individualize Care for Older Adults” together with Lauren Massimo at the Hartford NHCGNE Leadership Conference.

  Brie Williams' U.S.-European Criminal Justice Innovation Program Described in Issue of Mother Jones Magazine
Jul 31, 2017 The U.S.-European Criminal Justice Innovation Program, which Brie Williams, MD, MS leads, is described in the current issue of Mother Jones Magazine. The article, Prison Break, features the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation which participated in the program in 2015 and describes the impact of their travel to Oslo and commitment to correctional reform.

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