Faculty

Research Leadership

  • Ken Covinsky, MD, MPH
    Professor of Medicine
    Ken Covinsky Co-Director of Research
    Edmund G. Brown Sr., Distinguished Professorship in Geriatrics
    Staff Physician (SFVAMC)
  • Research Interests:
    • Disability following hospitalization
    • Psychosocial determinants of disabilty in older persons
    • Prognosis
    • Outcomes of Disability

  • Michael Steinman, MD
    Professor of Medicine
    Co-Director of Research Training
    Staff Physician (SFVAMC)
  • Research Interests:
    • Quality of medication prescribing for older adults
    • Pharmaceutical industry marketing
    • Comparative effectiveness research using large datasets

  • Louise Walter, MD
    Professor of Medicine
    Chief, Division of Geriatrics
    Staff Physician (SFVAMC)
  • Research Interests:
    • Cancer screening in older adults
    • Prognosis
    • Personalized Prevention

    Research Faculty

    • Rebecca Brown, MDRebecca Brown
      Assistant Professor of Medicine

    • Research Interests:
      • Improving quality of life for vulnerable older adults
      • Care delivery models for vulnerable older adults
      • Social determinants of health

      • Sei Lee, MDSei Lee
        Associate Professor of Medicine
        Senior Scholar, San Francisco VA Quality Scholars Fellowship
        Staff Physician (SFVAMC)
      • Research Interests:
        • Mortality Prediction and Lagtime to Benefit for Preventive Interventions
        • Geriatric Outcomes and Glycemic Control in Older Adults
        • Alzheimer’s Dementia Screening in Older Adults
        • Measuring and Improving Healthcare Quality for Frail Elders

      • John Newman, MD, PhDJohn Newman
        Assistant Professor of Medicine
        Visiting Scientist (Buck Institute for Research on Aging)
        Staff Physician (SFVAMC)

        Research Interests:
        • Molecular mechanisms of aging
        • Metabolic interventions to prolong healthspan and longevity in mice
        • Epigenetic gene regulation by metabolic signals
        • Mechanisms of dietary restriction and ketone bodies in health and longevity

        • Edgar Pierluissi, MD
          Edgar Pierluissi Professor of Medicine
          Medical Director, Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit, SFGH
        • Research Interests:
          • Aging and Vulnerable Populations
          • Care of Hospitalized Older Adults
          • Quality Improvement

        • Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPHChristine Ritchie
          Professor of Medicine
          Harris Fishbon Distinguished Professorship in Clinical Translational Research in Aging

        Research Interests:
        • Symptom Experience and Burden in Advanced Illness and Multimorbidity
        • Care Delivery Models and Quality Measures for Complex Serious Illness
        • Supportive Care in Cancer and Dementia
        • Emerging Technology in Chronic Serious Illness

        • Alex Smith, MD, MS, MPH
          Associate Professor of Medicine
          Staff Physician (SFVAMC)
        • Research Interests:
          • Improving quality of life in late life disability
          • Communication about prognosis in the frail elderly
          • Health services use at the end of life

        • Rebecca Sudore, MD
          Associate Professor of Medicine
          Staff Physician (SFVAMC)
        • Research Interests:
          • Advance Care Planning
          • Health Literacy and Vulnerable Populations
          • Medical Decision Making

        • Victoria Tang, MD
          Assistant Professor of Medicine
          Staff Physician (SFVAMC)
        • Research Interests:
          • Geriatric Surgical Care
          • Clinical Epideminology
          • Medical Decision Making

        • Brie Williams, MD
          Associate Professor of Medicine
          Staff Physician (SFVAMC)
        • Research Interests:
          • Vulnerable older adults
          • Older Adults in the Criminal Justice System
          • The Intersection of Medicine and the Law in Health Policy