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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.

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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.

2017-2018 Geriatric Faculty Scholars - 2 Awardees

Two URMC faculty members have been named as the 2017-2018 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:

  • Courtney Jones, PhD, MPH
    Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine (SMD)

    As a Geriatric Faculty Scholar, Dr. Jones will bring content expertise in both the field of geriatric emergency medicine and in the common concerns and issues specific to the older adult ED patient. Currently, Emergency Medicine residents do not currently receive structured didactic education on common geriatric syndromes (e.g., prevention of delirium) or evidenced-based guidelines for evaluating common geriatric chief complaints (e.g., fall risk assessment). Dr. Jones will incorporate Geri-EM, a freely available validated online learning tool designed specifically to teach emergency medicine physicians about provision of optimal care for geriatric ED patients ( into the academic learning environment for Emergency Medicine residents.
  • Caroline Thirukumaran, MBBS, MHA, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, Department of Medicine

    Dr. Thirukumaran’s goal as a Geriatric Faculty Scholar is to generate knowledge that will favorably influence the care of Geriatric-Orthopaedic patients at UR. Her project will focus on the prospective identification of High-Need, High-Cost patients in Orthopaedics using risk scores, so that policy and practice interventions can then be preventively targeted towards them. Moreover, with the current UR emphasis on co-management of geriatric surgical patients, she anticipates that this new knowledge will help in understanding several of the complex issues related to this population, and it can be directly translated into training materials for current and future clinicians.
  • 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)

2017 Geriatric Faculty Scholars Announcement

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