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 (Gladstone Institutes)
    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

    • 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