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"The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes."                -- Frank Lloyd Wright

Here at UC San Diego, our mission is to provide outstanding, innovative age-specific patient care, advance research in aging and educate healthcare professionals on the needs and best ways to care for older adults. Our faculty are improving the lives of seniors by providing comprehensive, tailored care, conducting research, and training health professionals to better care for our growing older adult population. 

Honors

 

UC San Diego Geriatrics is ranked 36th out of more than 1500 national programs in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals 2018-19".

UCSD News

Division News

We are excited to welcome Anthony Molina to the division as Vice-Chief of Research.  Check out his newest paper on "Blood-based bioenergetic profiling is related to differences in brain morphology in African Americans with Type 2 diabetes".

Congratulations to our three new incoming fellows, who will join our fellowship program starting July 2018!  We are thrilled to welcome Shannon Devlin, Jean Guan and Humberto Raul Saenz Chavez! More information can be found on our fellowship page.

In a collaboration between Geriatrics and Engineering, we hosted a challenge at the recent hackathon, "SD Hacks".  Many innovative products were designed, but the winning prize was awarded to "Trippy", a miniture robot that helps prevent falls.  We were impressed with the number of different gadgets that were designed - details of them can be found here.

  

We are pleased to announce that Rebecca Zipfel has been promoted to Research Assistant and is now a permanent member of our team!


Walk4ALZ. Members of our division joined forces with the UCSD Exceptional Elder Care Task Force and Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study last weekend to participate in the Alzheimer's San Diego walk in Balboa Park, helping to raise money towards this important cause.  If you would still like to donate to this, please visit the Walk4ALZ link above. 

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Colin Thomas and his team, who recently received the "Excellence in Systems Redesign" award from the VA for successfully reducing the median time from admission decision by the ER to signed admission orders: down from 110 minutes to 70 minutes.


San Diego Top Doctors!  It is with pleasure that we announce our Division Chief, Dr. Alison Moore, was voted one of San Diego's Top Doctors in the annual "Physicians of Exceptional Excellence" survey.


Division News

New Grant Award!  We are excited to announce that we have new funding to establish the "San Diego Resource Center for advancing Alzheimer's Research in Minority Seniors (SDRC-ARMS)"! This is a joint partnership between the UC San Diego Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology and Department of Neurosciences and San Diego State University's Graduate School of Public Health and Department of Psychology. This grant, funded by the National Institute on Aging, will provide five years of important funding to support research investigators in the field and to move forward important research on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias – particularly with a focus on Latinos. 

Newly approved drug Xofluza adds to flu-fighting arsenal.  Article published by the San Diego Union-Tribune, with important contributions from Dr. Khai Nguyen

Thank you to Dr. Deena Goldwater for spending the day with our division and providing extremely interesting sessions for our faculty and our medical Residents.  Dr. Goldwater specializes in both Cardiology and Geriatrics at UCLA. 

Congratulations to Dr. Maile Karris, who recently was awarded a GEMSSTAR grant from NIA.  This grant is designed to help people to conduct research in geriatrics who are not geriatrics trained.  Dr. Karris is looking at how behavior can positively impact pain management for chronic pain in patients with HIV, in an attempt to move away from high doses of opioid treatments.

West Health and the UCSD Division of Geriatrics have partnered to support one of our recent geriatrics fellowship graduates, Dr. Lindsey Yourman, to be trained in a two- year fellowship focused on Quality Improvement and Implementation Science.  We are excited about this partnership to train geriatrics health professionals to improve the care of older adults.


The Rising Price of Medicare Part D's 10 Most Costly Medications.  Recently published article by one of our Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) researchers, looking at how the costs of certain drugs have risen despite there being fewer patients taking them.

Fellowship Program


The UC San Diego Geriatrics Fellowship Program trains up to three fellows per year. Our fellow for 2018-19 is Sadaf Farasat! (above pic shows our new fellow along with our graduating fellows)  

The goal of our ACGME-accredited Geriatrics Fellowship Program is to develop geriatricians who desire to work in an academic environment and become leaders in the field.

More Information

Geriatrics Grand Rounds  

Join us for our monthly series, with a range of talks from experts in the Geriatrics field.
Next session is on Wednesday January 2, 2018:

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Presented by Dr. Jong Won Min , Director and Professor in the School of Social Work, SDSU


Support Us

​Join us in helping seniors live their best lives longer. Addressing the needs of our older adults is important now more than ever! Your donations ensure that our research and clinical care keep pace with the needs of our community and ensure our initiatives to further educate the geriatrics work force remain strong and expand. 

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