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Suzanne Gillespie, MD, RD, CMD, Advocates for More Telemedicine in Nursing Homes

Suzanne Gillespie, MD, RD, CMD, talked to McKnight's Long-Term Care News (Feb. 6) about her new study that offers guidance on the use of telemedicine for nursing home residents.

2018-2019 Geriatric Faculty Scholars - 4 Awardees

Four URMC faculty members have been named as the 2018-2019 Geriatric Faculty Scholars. This prestigious challenge grant is awarded to current junior URMC faculty with a specific interest in inter-professional geriatric education and practice. Throughout the fiscal calendar year, these faculty members will work with a mentor in the Division of Geriatrics & Aging and a mentor in their own Department 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:

  • Nicholas L. Aloisio, MD
    Senior Instructor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Highland (SMD)
    As an Emergency Medicine Physician, Dr. Aloisio is already attuned to the specific personal and medical needs of older adults.  Highland Hospital is seeking accreditation as a Geriatric Emergency Department through the American College of Geriatric Physicians. In parallel with the accreditation process, Dr. Aloisio will work with the Clinical Pharmacy Team to (i) design a process to minimize the use of potentially harmful medications in older adults, and (ii) construct a strong guideline for managing pain in older adults. 
  • Emily S. DiCesare, DO
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine (SMD) - Primary
    Dr. DiCesare received her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009. Dr. DiCesare completed her residency at the University of Rochester in 2012, and served as Chief Resident from 2011-2012.  Since working as an Emergency Medicine Physician Dr. DiCesare is acutely aware of the different knowledge and skills required for caring for older adults.  She is part of the team working towards the accreditation as Geriatric Emergency Department at Highland Hospital.  Her project is to take the “geriatric friendly” changes to other UR Medicine Emergency Departments.
  • Jenny Y. Shen, MD
    Assistant Professor (Part-Time), Department of Medicine, Hospital Medicine (SMD)
    After completing her internal Medicine residency at URMC in 2013, Dr. Shen joined the team as a Hospitalist. Her interest in perioperative medicine led to her current involvement with the Geriatric Fracture Center (GFC).  Combined with her experience as a researcher and interest in the geriatric population, Dr. Shen will focus her Geriatric Faculty Scholar project on the issue of post-operative mobility in older adults.  In particular, she hopes to improve the weight-bearing post op quality measure linked to early mobility for GFC patients.

  • Sarmad M. Siddiqui, MD, FHM
    Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Hospital Medicine (SMD) - Primary
    As a Hospitalist for almost 7 years, during which he completed a Geriatric Fellowship, Dr. Siddiqui has developed a genuine interest in improving the care of the elderly.  In particular, Dr. Siddiqui will focus his Geriatric Faculty Scholar project on limiting or early removal of indwelling urinary catheters in older patients with hip fractures.  This educational intervention for hospitalists could lead to reduced incidence of CAUTI, decrease LOS, and improve the patient experience.

  • Complete list of all Geriatric Faculty Scholars: Geriatric Faculty Scholars

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)

Caroline P. Thirukumaran, MBBS, MHA, PhD wins Presidential Poster Award at the 2018 American Geriatrics Society Meeting

Caroline Thirukumaran -  GSA PosterCaroline P. Thirukumaran, MBBS, MHA, PhD, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Public Health Sciences, and a current Geriatric Faculty Scholar with the Division of Geriatrics & Aging, was awarded the Presidential Poster Award at the 2018 American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting. The Research Committee awarded Dr. Thirukumaran the top honor in the Health Services and Policy Research category for the presentation of her study in a poster titled, "Effect of Medical and Functional Needs on Costs of Geriatric Hip Fracture Care."

Faculty Member Recognized with 2018 Karron Award

Jason Zittle, MD, a Geriatric Oncology Fellow at Wilmot Cancer Center, 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.

Thomas Caprio MD, MPH, MSHPE Chosen as Lifespan’s Carter Catlett Williams Awardee for Excellence in Aging

Thomas Caprio & Ann Marie CookThomas Caprio, MD, MPH, MSHPE, Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief Medical Officer of UR Medicine Home Care and Hospice, is the 2018 recipient of the Carter Catlett Williams Award for Excellence in Aging from Lifespan. Dr. Caprio was also selected as the Associate Editor for Medical Education for the Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education.

Dallas Nelson, MD chosen for Women of Excellence Award from the Rochester Business Journal

Dallas Nelson, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of UR Medicine Geriatrics Group was selected for a 2018 Rochester Business Journal’s Women of Excellence Award. This prestigious award recognizes 34 high-achieving women for their career accomplishments, community involvement, leadership and sustained commitment to mentoring. The Women of Excellence awards program was created by the Rochester Business Journal to recognize women at the top of their careers who are committed to professional excellence and community service and who demonstrate the positive impact of mentoring.

Joseph Nicholas, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Named President of Highland Hospital Medical Staff

Joseph Nicholas, MD, MPH, is the new president of the Highland Hospital Medical Staff. He is working closely with other members of the medical staff leadership team, Colby Previte, MD, President-Elect, and Timothy Lum, MD, Secretary-Treasurer, to make strategic plans for the next six years. A top priority is to enhance clinician-to-clinician relationships. Several initiatives are being considered.

Daniel Mendelson MD, MS, Professor of Medicine, is Lead Medical Director of the American Geriatrics Society Co-Care Ortho

AGS CoCare Ortho is a Geriatrics-Orthopedics Co-Management model in which geriatrics professionals, or specially trained geriatrics co-managers (e.g., hospitalists) work with orthopedic surgeons to coordinate and improve the perioperative care of older adults with hip fractures. The AGS CoCare: Ortho model has been shown to reduce complications and enhance function after the older adult returns home, two goals at the heart of quality geriatrics care through its cost-effective approach.

Timothy Holahan DO accepted into AAMC Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program

Dr. Tim Holahan, Senior Instructor of Medicine, will participate in the AAMC Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program, an application-based on-year certificate program, which develops educational leaders in health professions education through evidence-based, collaborative learning, and reflective practice.

Suzanne Gillespie MD, RD, CMD spotlighted by AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine

Dr. Suzanne Gillespie, Associate Professor of Medicine and Society Board Member / Chair, House of Delegates of AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine shares her expertise and thoughts on why she chooses to practice in the post-acute and long-term care setting.

Dallas Nelson MD to participate in National Quality Forum Focus Group on Antibiotic Stewardship for Long-Term Care Facilities

Dr. Dallas Nelson, Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of UR Medicine Geriatrics Group was invited to share her expertise and participate in a focus group on behalf of the National Quality Partners to determine the framework and central messages for their new Playbook - the NQP Playbook on Antibiotic Stewardship for Long-Term Care Facilities. Building on CDC's Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes, this NQP Playbook™ will highlight practical and actionable solutions that address the unique needs of long-term care facilities seeking to implement an antibiotic stewardship program. Such programs are needed to combat the increasing prevalence of drug-resistant organisms in long-term care facilities and improve residents' health outcomes.

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



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