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Welcome from Program Director


Elizabeth J. Santos, M.D.

Fellowship Program Director


In this society, youth is often more highly valued than wisdom. We are taught to hide our wrinkles and lie about our age. We celebrate youth and hold our aging in contempt. I truly believe that there should be dignity for all people no matter what your age. We do not deserve less as we age. We should be honored and respected, and we must protect that ideal. Depression and anxiety are common, but they are not a normal or necessary part of aging. My subspecialty training in Geriatric Psychiatry gives me the privilege to work with exceptionally caring professionals in all arenas to care for our older adults. 

As the director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, it is my mission to train psychiatric colleagues in the art of caring for older adults with compassion and skill. I believe that as the population continues to age, other psychiatrists will also hear the call to serve our elders.

This website provides a wealth of information about our program. Should any questions arise as you explore it, please contact me at

Thank you for your interest in the University of Rochester.


Elizabeth J. Santos, M.D., M.P.H.
Director of Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program
University of Rochester Medical Center