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Thomas Caprio Named Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Thomas Caprio, M.D., associate professor of Medicine, Dentistry, and Public Health Sciences, recently earned the designation Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

The Academy is the professional organization for physicians who care for patients with serious illness. Fellow status honors dedication to and scholarship in the field of the hospice and palliative medicine and represents a minimum of five years of membership, participation in AAHPM activities, letters of recommendation, and board certification in hospice and palliative medicine.

Caprio is medical director of URMC’s Geriatric Assessment Clinic, Chief Medical Officer of UR Medicine Home Care, and medical director of the Visiting Nurse Service. He received his medical degree from State University of New York at Buffalo and trained in Internal Medicine at SMD.

Following residency, he joined SMD’s Geriatric Medicine Fellowship program in July 2003. He subsequently completed a two year research fellowship, obtained his Master’s degree in the School of Public Health as well as a Master’s degree in health professions education at the UR Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Caprio will receive the designation during the Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association in Boston, Mass., March 17, 2018.

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s membership includes more than 5,000 physicians and other health care professional committed to improving the care of patients with serious or life-threatening conditions. Since 1988, AAHPM has supported hospice and palliative medicine through advancement of clinical practice standards, fostering research, providing education, and through public policy advocacy.

Associate Chief of Research Recruited

After a nation-wide search, Dr. Kathi Heffner has been appointed Associate Chief of Research for the Division of Geriatrics & Aging. Dr. Heffner will build a robust interdisciplinary program of study that spans the Division and links it to related centers of academic excellence across the University of Rochester.

Medina-Walpole appointed Paul H. Fine Professor of Medicine

Annette Medina-WalpoleDr. Annette Medina-Walpole was appointed as the Paul H. Fine Professor in Medicine. She retains her joint appointment as Chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Aging in the Department of Medicine.

Read more about the appointment

John W. Rowe honored with T. Franklin Williams Memorial Lectureship

John T. Rowe, Annette Medina-Walpole, and Mark TaubmanDr. John W. Rowe, the Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health delivered the T. Franklin Williams Memorial Lecture at the 2017 annual “Spanning the Continuum of Care: Innovations in Geriatric Health Practice” conference to a crowd of over 200 interdisciplinary geriatrics health professionals on September 28, 2017. Dr. Rowe was recognized for his outstanding devotion to the care of older adults and commitment to the field of geriatrics and aging.

Faculty Member Recognized with 2017 Karron Award

Sarmad Siddiqui MBBS, a geriatric hospitalist at Strong Memorial Hospital, was awarded the Elaine and Irwin Karron Memorial Prize for Excellence in Geriatrics given by the Division of Geriatrics and Aging. This prize is awarded annually to a faculty member who completed geriatric fellowship training at the University of Rochester and who has demonstrated exceptional skill, commitment and compassion in caring for older adult patients.

Three Faculty Recognized at the 2017 Annual American Geriatric Society Meeting

Suzanne Gillespie, MDAt the Annual Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) in May, Suzanne Gillespie M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, was appointed as an AGS Fellow.  This honor is awarded to AGS members who have demonstrated a professional commitment to geriatrics, are active participants in the Society’s activities, and are continuing to enhance their own professional development.  AGS Fellows are healthcare providers who are dedicated to geriatrics education, clinical care, and research and their outstanding efforts and achievements are recognized by appointment as an AGS Fellow.

Kristen Thornton, MDAlso at the AGS Annual Meeting, Kristen Thornton M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine and Family Medicine, received the 2017 AGS Junior Faculty Clinician Educator of the Year Award.  Dr. Thornton was recognized for the significant contributions she has made to the education and training of students/trainees in geriatrics in addition to providing mentoring, career advice, and enhancing the overall educational program locally, within the Division of Geriatrics, and nationally with her contributions to the American Geriatrics Society. 

Erika Ramsdale M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, was awarded the Presidential Poster Award in the Clinical Trials category entitled: “Geriatric Assessment-Driven Polypharmacy Discussions Between Oncologists, Older Patients with Cancer, and Caregivers.”  The excellence of her poster presentation was honored and recognized as being of great value to the field of geriatrics. 

Long Term Care Rehabilitation Council

The Division of Geriatrics is proud to announce that the American Hospital Association has chosen Dr. Daniel Mendelson to Chair their Long Term Care Rehabilitation Council.  Dr. Mendelson will be responsible for addressing public policy issues concerning post-acute and continuing care in addition to enhancing AHA member service strategies.  We congratulate Dr. Mendelson as he continues to further his leadership role nationally in the field of geriatrics.  http://www.aha.org/presscenter/pressrel/2017/170105-pr-LTRC2017.shtml

2017 Geriatrics Faculty Scholars - 4 Awardees

Four URMC faculty members have been named as the 2017 Geriatric Faculty Scholars.  This prestigious challenge grant is awarded to current junior URMC faculty with a specific interest in interprofessional geriatric education and practice.  Throughout the 2017 calendar year, these faculty members will work with a mentor in the Division of Geriatrics & Aging to create and implement a geriatric education program within their own program.   Each project is designed to promote and integrate geriatric principles into other specialties.

This year’s Geriatric Faculty Scholars are:

  • Carolanne Bianchi, DNP, RN, MBA, ANP-BC, CRRN
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, URMC School of Nursing

    Acute care experience, as well as a clinical and education background, has prepared Dr. Bianchi as a Geriatric Faculty Scholar.  Recognizing that lack of mobility leads to functional decline in hospitalized older adults, Dr. Bianchi’s Geriatric Faculty Scholars project will work to develop and implement a protocol that encourages walking to prevent unnecessary functional decline.
  • Ronald J.  Maggiore, MD
    Assistant Professor, Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine

    As a recent addition to the URMC faculty, Dr. Maggiore brings expertise in geriatric oncology.  He will focus his Geriatric Faculty Scholars efforts on expansion of geriatric assessment into cancer care delivery, and the development of a geriatric oncology curriculum for trainees and providers.
  • Ahmad I. Manasra, MD
    Assistant Professor, Hospital Medicine, Department of Medicine

    A hospitalist at Strong Memorial Hospital since 2011, Dr. Manasra’s focus for the Geriatric Faculty Scholars project will be the perioperative optimization of geriatric patients that are co-managed by hospital medicine and surgical subspecialties.
  • Fahad Saeed, MBBS, FASN
    Assistant Professor, Nephrology, Department of Medicine

    As a nephrologist and palliative care specialist, Dr. Saeed will focus his Geriatric Faculty Scholars project on chronic kidney disease in the geriatric population and development of educational interventions to bridge knowledge gaps and improve the care of the older renal patient.

Three 2016 Geriatric Faculty Scholars have received continued funding for 2017.  Tamala David, PhD, MPA, MS, FMP, Adjunct Faculty, SON; Elizabeth Palermo, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC, Assistant Professor, Clinical Nursing, SON; and Adina Jucan, DDS, Assistant Professor, Clinical Dentistry, Eastman Institute for Oral Health.

Since 1997, the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center (FLGEC) at the University of Rochester Medical Center, has been continuously funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) with the goal of educating health care practitioners and caregivers in the principles of geriatric care.  The scope of the current funding cycle includes specific education and training for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) for patients, families, caregivers, direct care workers, and health providers, students, residents, fellows, and faculty, as well as targeted education in rural areas.

For more information, contact Thomas V. Caprio, MD, Director, FLGEC.

The Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center at the University of Rochester is made possible through grant funding by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Workforce under the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (Grant # U1QHP28738)

2017 Geriatric Faculty Scholars Announcement

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