UCSD Medical Center

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. 

We are ranked 29th out of more than 1500 national programs in "U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals 2019-20".

Spotlight

Congratulations to EB Sladek, MD, who was selected to receive a 2020 Chief Resident Teaching Award by the graduating chief class!  This is an incredible honor, as each chief chooses one faculty member to recognize for the inspiration, guidance, mentorship and support they have provided to them throughout their four years in the UCSD IM Residency program. 

Welcome Dr. Gutierrez! Aireen Gutierrez, MD is the newest geriatrician to join our clinical faculty here in the Division of Geriatrics & Gerontology, and with UC San Diego Population Health Services. As part of the Population Health team, she cares for high-risk patients at their homes and at long-term care facilities. Read more about her professional achievements and inspiration to become a geriatrician here.

Congratulations to Dr. Ruth Covell, who is featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune's article highlighting phenomenal San Diego women in medicine and health! Read more here. We are fortunate to know and work with Dr. Covell on our mutual goal to expand geriatrics education! She has made many outstanding contributions over the years to UC San Diego and our local community!

UCSD News

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Division News


Wellness Project Serves as Lifeline to Senior Adults During COVID-19 Pandemic. Spurred by concern for seniors in San Diego, Dr. Parag Agnihotri , Chief Medical Officer at UC San Diego Health Population Health Services Organization, member of Geriatrics & Gerontology division, gathered a team to begin checking on patients, often by simply calling them to see how they were doing. Click here to read more. 


Congratulations to Aireen Gutierrez, MD, geriatrician with Medicine for Seniors and Population Health.
Dr. Gutierrez has been selected as one of the JetBlue Healthcare Heroes. The independent judging organization recognized Dr. Gutierrez’s efforts in taking care of seniors at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Congratulations to Lindsey Yourman, MD for being appointed as the inaugural Geriatrics Quality Improvement Medical Director at UCSD Health under the leadership of Dr. Longhurst, Chief Information Officer, and Associate CMO for Quality and Safety. Through this directorship, she will work with interprofessional teams to disseminate best practices of Age-Friendly care across the health system in order to impact health-related quality of life outcomes that matter most to all of us as we age.  


One of our San Diego Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR) Scientists, Dr. Tala Al-Rousan, wrote an article published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the San Diego Refugees community. Read here.


An article published in the April 2020 issue of The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, written by UCSD medical student Kevin Yang, and co-authored by division members, Alison Moore, MD, Khai Nguyen, MD, Reva Nafsu, RN, and Christopher Kaufmann, PhD, explores the reasons older individuals are turning to marijuana. Read more here.

Announcements

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

Funding Opportunities

RFP: Proposals are now being accepted for pilot studies and education support related to the Use of Technology to Preserve Independence in Older Adults. More details can be found here: 2020 UCSD Pepper Request For Proposal.pdf. Proposals are due June 24, 2020

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


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.  
Subscribe now by sending an email to: gero@ucsd.edu
The next GRC meeting will be on June 11 at 4:00 pm. 
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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.



Education

Fellowship: The UC San Diego Geriatrics Fellowship Program trains up to three fellows per year. We are excited to report that we have three excellent fellows joining us for 2020-21. Snapshots of the three new fellows can be found here.  


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, June 3, 2020. This month, our 2019-20 Geriatrics Fellows, Shannon Devlin, Jean Guan and Humberto Saenz Chavez, will be presenting a selection of their work accepted for presentation at the American Geriatrics Society meeting as our guest speakers. To obtain log-in information, please email geriassistant@ucsd.edu

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 this past January 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.