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  Anna Chodos Establish Geriatrics Clinics at ZSFG and SFHN
Feb 01, 2018 Geriatrics is growing at Zuckerberg San Francisco General and the San Francisco Health Network with new clinics in the last three months. Anna Chodos, MD, MPH established two geriatrics clinics within primary care clinics: one at South East Health Center in Bayview-Hunters Point and one at Richard Fine People's Clinic at ZSFG. Dr. Chodos works with nursing and social work to do assessments and care planning for older primary care patients and some on-going co-management.

  Anna Chodos Awarded Grant to Start Geriatrics Neurology Center of Excellence at ZSFG
Feb 01, 2018 Anna Chodos, MD, MPH and Serggio Lanata, MD, MS from UCSF Memory and Memory and Aging Center were awarded a grant from the Global Brain Health Institute to start a Geriatrics Neurology Center of Excellence at ZSFG to serve patients with cognitive complaints or known dementia. This clinic will have a geriatrician, behavioral neurologist, geriatric pharmacist and social worker. The clinical team includes Shirley Wong, PharmD (UCSF), Alexandra Nelson, MD, PhD (UCSF Memory and Aging Center), and Serana Chester, PhD and Jary Larsen, PhD (ZSFG Neuropsychology). The evaluation team will determine the impact on patients and resource utilization and includes Christina Weyer-Jamora, PhD (ZSFG Dir of Neuropsychology), Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, MD, PhD (UCSF Chair of Epidemiology and Biostatistics), and Claude Hemphill, MD (ZSFG Chair of Neurology).

  UCSF Recognized by US News and World Report For Outstanding Geriatrics Education
Feb 01, 2018 UCSF has been recognized by US News and World Reports as one of the best schools for geriatrics education for medical students. This is thanks to the outstanding pioneering efforts of Anna Chang, MD, Josette Rivera, MD , Laura Byerly, MD, Pei Chen, MD, Laura Burns, and Allison Ishizaki. We are also recognized for our outstanding geriatrics research faculty and our Vice Dean for Education, Dr. Catherine Lucey, is a geriatrician, so of course we would be on the cutting edge of excellence for prospective medical students looking to make a difference. Link to article here.

  John Newman Selected as Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year by AGS
Feb 02, 2018 John Newman, MD, PhD was chosen as Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year by the American Geriatrics Society. The award will be presented at the 2018 AGS Annual Meeting in May. Dr. Newman’s research at UCSF and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging focuses on understanding how metabolic signals such as ketone bodies regulate mechanisms of aging, including a recent study of ketogenic diet in aging mice published in Cell Metabolism. Dr. Newman is also dedicated to accelerating the translation of advances in geroscience from the bench to the clinic.

  Krista Harrison Organize Neuropalliative Care Events at the Memory and Aging Center
Feb 05, 2018 Krista Lyn Harrison, PhD, co-organized a series of events on neuropalliative care in the Memory and Aging Center. These included an evening event where Drs. Christine Ritchie and Winston Chiong interviewed Dr. Maisha Robinson, a neurologist and palliative medicine specialist at the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, on her career path and research on advance care planning among African American communities of faith. Please click here for a recording of Dr. Maisha Robinson's salon on Fairness talk. Dr. Harrison also led a neuroethics discussion on palliative care for dementia and joined Drs. Chiong and Liz Dzeng in giving a Memory and Aging Center talk on the California End of Life Options Act and its relevance to people with neurodegenerative illnesses.

  Vicky Tang, MD Selected to Receive the AGS 2018 New Investigator Awards
Feb 09, 2018 Victoria Tang, MD, MAS was selected to receive the AGS 2018 New Investigator Awards by the American Geriatrics Society Scientific Program Committee for her work on "Predictors of 1-year Mortality and Functional Decline in Older Adults after Major Surgery". These awards are given to individuals whose original research as presented in a submitted abstract, reflects new and relevant research in geriatrics and are designed to recognize individuals who are committed to a career in aging research. The award will be announced during the 2018 AGS Annual Meeting Award Ceremony on Friday, May 4th between 8:45 and 9:00am.

  Eric Widera on "Curbsiders" Podcast Discussing Dementia
Feb 12, 2018 Eric Widera, MD was the faculty discussant for this week's "Curbsiders" podcast on Dementia. In the podcast, they explore the use of cholinesterase inhibitors, antipsychotics for behavior disturbances, feeding tubes, medications and supplements used for weight gain (inspired by Choosing Wisely and the American Geriatric Society’s “Ten Things Clinicians and Patients Should Question”). Additionally, Take the quiz now! Full show notes available at

  Brie Williams and Cyrus Ahalt Publish in the Journal of General Internal Medicine
Feb 13, 2018 Brie Williams, MD, MS and Cyrus Ahalt, MPP recently published “Balancing the rights to protection and participation: A call for expanded access to ethically conducted correctional health research” in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The article describes the historical context surrounding regulations on research involving individuals in prison, the harms that can arise from excessive limitations to research in such settings, and the benefits of greater access to ethically conducted research in prison. The full article can be found here.

  Ying Shi (First-Author), Louise Walter (Senior Author), and Team Publish Paper in the Journal of General Internal Medicine
Feb 14, 2018 Ying Shi, PhD (first-author), Louise Walter, MD (senior author), and team members published a paper entitled, "Individualizing PSA Monitoring Among Older Prostate Cancer Survivors" in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. They found that PSA monitoring for prostate cancer recurrence was not individualized. Healthy older men treated for aggressive prostate cancer received similar PSA monitoring as men in poor health treated for low risk prostate cancer. This paper was talked about in an article on the UCSF website.

  Lauren Hunt Successfully Defended Dissertation
Feb 16, 2018 Lauren Hunt, RN, PhD, FNP-BC successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Pain and Emergency Department Use in Community-Dwelling Older Adults with Dementia". This dissertation examined ED visit rates, prevalence of pain, and the relationship between pain and ED use at end-of-life in community-dwelling older adults with dementia. The presence of pain was not associated with differences in ED visit rates. However, individuals with poorly managed pain had a 50% higher rate of ED visits in the last month of life.

  Jason Flatt Receives Perfect Score on NIA K01 Resubmission
Feb 16, 2018 Jason Flatt, PhD, MPH received a perfect score on his resubmission of his NIA K01 entitled The Epidemiology of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias in Sexual and Gender Minority Older Adults: Identifying Risk and Protective Factors. Jason would like to thank the Geriatrics WIP for all their advice and support with his application.

  Dr. Greene and Team Publish Paper in Health & Justice
Feb 23, 2018 Meredith Greene, MD, Brie Williams, MD, MS , Cyrus Ahalt, MPP, Irina Stijacic-Cenzer, and Lia Metzger published a paper entitled "Older adults in jail: high rates and early onset of geriatric conditions" in Health & Justice. Please read paper here.

  PREPARE Website Proven Feasible in Group Medical Visits
Feb 27, 2018 Rebecca Sudore, MD co-authored a paper with Carly Zapata, Emily Wistar, and Claire Horton in the Journal of Palliative Medicine demonstrating the feasibility of using the movie version of the PREPARE For Your Care website in group medical visits among diverse older adults. Specifically, the groups increased knowledge about advance care planning, and increased surrogate designation and advance directive completion among patients in a safety-net setting. PREPARE Toolkits for Group Movie Events are available for free from the PREPARE website and can be used in the clinical or community settings.

  Megan Rathfon, Stephanie Rogers, and UCSF Delirium Reduction Team Receive UCSF Great Save Award
Feb 27, 2018 Megan Rathfon, RN, NP and Stephanie Rogers, MD, along with the UCSF Delirium Reduction Team, received the UCSF Great Save Award at the Managers and Directors meeting for their work reducing the length of stay of delirious patients in the hospital as well as the reduction in overall delirium-days.

  Sei Lee Selected to Receive SGIM 2018 Mid-Career Research Mentorship Award
Feb 27, 2018 Sei Lee, MD, MAS selected to receive SGIM 2018 Mid-Career Research Mentorship Award. This award is intended to recognize the mentoring activities of general medicine investigators. The target candidates are outstanding mid-career clinician investigators who are actively engaged in research and mentorship of junior investigators.
Dr. Lee's award is scheduled to be formally acknowledged at the SGIM 2018 Annual Meeting on April 14th during the Saturday Plenary from 8:00 – 10:00 AM MT in Denver, CO.

  Anna Chodos and John Newman Selected as Outstanding Research Mentor for 2017 UCSF MSTAR Program
Feb 27, 2018 Both Anna Chodos, MD, MPH and John Newman, MD, PhD were selected as an outstanding research mentor for the 2017 UCSF MSTAR program. UCLA thanks them for their mentorship and teaching in the 2017 MSTAR program. UCLA sent me a plaque and a Starbucks gift certificate for them.

  Marlon Aliberti Publish Paper in JAGS
Feb 27, 2018 Marlon Aliberti, MD, visiting scholar in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil recently published a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society describing the development of the TaGA, a tool for Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment in fast paced clinical settings. Geriatricians have long known that comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) improves the care of older people. But, many CGA tools are complicated and take a long time to administer. Dr. Aliberti developed TaGA, which takes 10 minutes to administer as a practical geriatric assessment tool in busy clinical settings.

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