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Welcome to the UC San Diego Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology 

Our Mission: To optimize the experience of aging through excellence in clinical care, inspired teaching, and transformative research. 

Our Vision:  To create a better world for aging people. 

We are ranked 13th out of more than 1500 national programs in "2020-2021 U.S. News & World Report"


It is our great pleasure to announce that Dr. Benjamin Han is joining the faculty in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology and the VA San Diego Healthcare System in the ambulatory care program.
Dr. Han is a clinician-scientist whose research focuses on unhealthy substance use in older adults and the intersection of chronic disease and substance use.  He comes to us from New York University School of Medicine where, since 2013, he was on the faculty in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care.  In addition to his work on unhealthy substance use funded in part by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, he precepted geriatrics fellows and was a regular mentor for students in the Medical Student Training in Aging Research Program, he was a primary care physician in geriatric medicine and a physician in the buprenorphine/addiction clinic at Bellevue Hospital Center. 

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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Donor Spotlight 

Our generous donors support geriatrics/aging research and education. To learn more about our donors, click here.


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Division News

UCSD Geriatrics #13 in the nation!
Thanks to everyone for their part in getting us to this wonderful place!  We are proud to be ranked #13 among geriatrics programs in USNWR! Our division’s mission is to optimize the experience of aging through excellence in clinical care, inspired teaching and transformative research. In the last year, UCSD became the first healthcare system in San Diego to be recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement as an Age-Friendly Health System-Committed to Care Excellence and our population health programs keep seniors healthy, supported and safe in their communities. 

Dr. Khai Nguyen Joins CHAP!
Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) Inc. is one of the most experienced home and community-based accreditation programs with 55 years of accreditation experience.  CHAP is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body for home and community-based health care organizations. Created in 1965 as a joint venture between the American Public Health Association and the National League for Nursing, CHAP was the first accrediting body for home and community-based health care organizations in the United States


Looking for COVID-19 resources specific to older adults? Visit our resources page here

Commentary: "Retirees are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19 but also perhaps the luckiest" by Quelda Wilson. Read it here.

GRC Seminar Series is back with an exciting fall and winter schedule. Please join us on Thursday, October 08, 2020. Click here for more information.

We are proud to announce the formation of a monthly journal club as a part of our Gerontology Research Collaborative. The journal club will be held every fourth Thursday of the month from 4-5pm.

We regularly distribute our newsletter informing our community about research opportunities, publications and local events. Career development and training pertaining to gerontology research are also provided.  
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APLA Health with our partner, The UCLA Pacific AIDS Education Training Center, invite you to participate in the first HIV & Aging Southern California Conference on September 23 & 25.  Please register for both informative days by clicking here

Funding Opportunities

NIA Concepts Newly Approved: Check the NIA blog listing areas that may turn into funding announcements in the future.


Fellowship: The UC San Diego Geriatrics Fellowship Program trains up to three fellows per year. Find out more about our program and our 2020-21 fellows here.

Fellows kicked off the new academic year with a successful "boot camp" orientation and a socially-distanced visit to the beach as part of their wellness curriculum!

More Information

Geriatrics Grand Rounds: Join us for our monthly series, with a range of talks from experts in the Geriatrics field. Next session will be on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. To obtain log-in information, please email 

lmproving Geriatrics Education in the Community: SDSU and UCSD are co-leads on a Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) grant to continue the San Diego/Imperial Geriatric Education Center and its important work   educating local communities on Alzheimer's Disease and geriatrics!

Looking for a good read? You might enjoy Dr. Louise Aronson's book titled: “Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life"We were fortunate to host Dr. Aronson on the UCSD campus with a lunch event that brought together over 100 community members!

We are tremendously grateful to the Hollander Trust for their generous donation in support of our geriatrics fellowship program in memory of Dr. Trude Hollander.