Office for Aging Research and Health Services

Friends and Advisors

Yeates Conwell, M.D.Yeates Conwell, M.D.
Professor and Vice Chair of Psychiatry 
Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Program
Director, URMC Office for Aging Research and Health Services
Co-Director, UR Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide
Co-Director, Injury Control Research Center on Suicide Prevention

Interests: Geriatric mental health; suicide prevention; innovations in service system design; comprehensive, integrated care delivery

Carol PodgorskiCarol Podgorski, Ph.D., M.P.H., L.M.F.T.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of Rochester Department of Psychiatry
Institute for the Family

Interests: Older adult health; intergenerational influences and opportunities; family and marriage therapy; dementia care; community-based service and support; croquet


Marc BerliantMarc Berliant, M.D.
Raymond J. Mayewski Professor of Medicine
Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs
Department of Medicine
Chief, General Medicine Division

Interests: Health care delivery models, the patient centered medical home and quality and safety in transitional medical care

Robert HollowayRobert G. Holloway, M.D., M.P.H.
Chair, Department of Neurology
Professor, Departments of Neurology and Public Health Sciences

Interests: Neurology, dementia, health services, clinical trials, quality of care, cost-effectiveness

Wallace JohnsonWallace Johnson, M.D.
School of Medicine and Dentistry
Director, Center for Primary Care
Ralph W. Prince Professor of Medicine

Interests: New Models of Care Delivery and Reimbursement in the Primary Care Setting

Robert McCannRobert McCann, M.D., FACP
Highland Hospital Chief of Medicine
Acting Geriatrics Division Chief Professor of Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine

Interests: Geriatrics education, innovative models of care, palliative care, leadership development

Accountable Health Partners

Advisory Committee

Thomas CaprioThomas V. Caprio, M.D., M.P.H., CMD, FACP
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Clinical Nursing
Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
Director, Interdisciplinary Geriatric Training Program
Project Co-Director, Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center
Director, University of Rochester Geriatric Assessment Clinic
Director of Education, Strong Health Geriatrics Group
Medical Director, Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester
Medical Director, Visiting Nurse Hospice and Palliative Care
Project Director, GRECC Connects (Canandaigua VAMC)
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Aging
Monroe Community Hospital

Interests: Geriatric interprofessional education and practice, health services research, palliative care, comprehensive geriatric assessment, quality of care in long-term care settings, and end-of-life care in nursing homes

Vicky HinesVicky Hines, President and CEO
Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester & Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service

Interests: Home care, senior friendly communities, Alzheimer's disease, Family caregivers, Use of technology in community based health care

Deborah KingDeborah A. King, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology)
Associate Chair for Education
Director of Geriatric Psychiatry Services, Department of Psychiatry
Chief of Education, Training and Dissemination Core, VA VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention

Interests: Geropsychology, late-life depression, suicide prevention, education and training

Jurgis KaruzaJurgis Karuza, Ph.D.

Interests: Psychology of aging, physician and staff organization in long term care, quality of care in nursing homes, geriatric education, knowledge transfer, program evaluation

Mark MapstoneMark Mapstone, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology and Associate Director, Memory Care Program

Interests: Neuropsychology, Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive aging, memory, biomarkers

Supriya MohileSupriya G. Mohile, M.D., M.S.
James P. Wilmot Cancer Center

Interests: Geriatric Oncology; quality of life; health outcomes research; gastrointestinal cancers; genitourinary cancers

Tobie OlsanTobie H. Olsan, Ph.D., R.N., CNL, NEA-BC, FNAP
UR School of Nursing

Interests: Learning collaboratives, quality improvement, team

Marilyn RosenMarilyn Rosen, M.L.S.
Biomedical Sciences Librarian - Education and Information

Interests: Complementary and alternative medicine, geriatrics, urology, social work, cancer, psychiatry, medical humanities, ethical.

Miner Library

Christopher SeplakiChristopher L. Seplaki, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Interests: Aging, disability, environment, frailty, methodology

Manish ShahManish N. Shah, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Public Health Sciences and Geriatrics/Aging
University of Rochester Medical Center

Interests: Emergency care, geriatrics, telemedicine, trauma


Article of the Month

Plasma phospholipids identify antecedent memory impairment in older adults

Mapstone et al, Nat Med 2014

Dr. Mapstone and his colleagues are trying to develop novel and inexpensive ways to detect Alzheimer’s disease for early treatment and testing new interventions. In this study they describe the discovery and validation of a set of lipids found in blood that may represent some of the early biological changes in Alzheimer’s disease.  This finding, if found in other studies may herald a new paradigm for detecting the disease much earlier than is currently possible.  A blood test could be developed which would be easy to administer and inexpensive and may allow for earlier treatments when they may do the most good.


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