U of R Physician is First Geriatrician Named to AARP Board

June 29, 2006

Rochester physician William J. Hall, M.D., is the first geriatric specialist to be elected to the AARP’s Board of Directors. Hall was one of eight from a pool of 600 candidates recently named to the AARP’s governing body which approves all policies, programs, activities and services for the Association’s 36 million members.

A 30-year member of the University of Rochester Medical Center’s faculty, Hall is currently the Paul Fine Professor of Medicine, Oncology and Pediatrics, and director of the Center for Healthy Aging based at Highland Hospital.

For the last 15 years, Hall has concentrated on building geriatric programs and services in Rochester, which have grown steadily in influence and national reputation. Hall led the development of a comprehensive plan of medical education in geriatrics involving students, residents, fellows and community physicians, and played a major role in creating the Center for Healthy Aging.

Hall also founded the Center for Lifetime Wellness, a fully equipped fitness and wellness resource based at Monroe Community Hospital that serves over 500 people over the age of 50. This Center’s outreach programs reach over 600 adults in minority communities with comparable services.

“AARP is one of the most powerful advocacy groups in Washington, D.C.,” said Hall. “As such, the organization has a lot of clout and great potential to address aging issues such as independence, security, and intellectual opportunities for growth. I look forward to helping this organization participate in efforts to make life after 50 have even more promise than life in the years leading up to age 50.”

Hall was previously involved with AARP on the regional level, teaching and promoting physical fitness. He has designed and led courses for AARP New York and served as medical advisor for the Triumph Classic, a mini-triathlon for people age 50 and older.

Recognized nationally and internationally for his work in geriatrics, he is a frequent speaker locally and across the country, strongly committed to preventive health and successful aging. Hall earned the Jahnigen Memorial Award form the American Geriatrics Society for his outstanding contributions to education in the field of geriatrics.

In 2001, Hall served as president of the American College of Physicians, the largest medical subspecialty organization in the world. He has served as a member of its Board of Governors representing Upstate New York and was appointed to its Board of Regents. The Upstate chapter awarded Hall their Laureate award in 2001 and in 2002 he received a Mastership in the College.

For his community involvement, Hall has earned the Albert David Kaiser Medal and a Certificate of Merit from the Rochester Academy of Medicine, the Health Care Award of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, and the Gold Medal Award from the Alumni Society of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Hall will serve a six-year term on the AARP Board. Its 21 members represent states across the country and have diverse backgrounds, yet share a commitment to working to improve the quality of life for people as they age.

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