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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. 

2017-2018 Geriatric Faculty Scholars - Request for Applications

Division of Geriatrics & Aging and the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center (FLGEC) are pleased to announce the call for applications for the Geriatric Faculty Scholars Program.  The Geriatric Faculty Scholars (GFS) Program is open to 3 junior and mid-career faculty from the School of Nursing and School of Medicine & Dentistry with an interest in gerontology and geriatric medicine who wish to spearhead program development through geriatric education within their School, Program, Division, and/or Department.  Scholars will select mentors and receive a stipend to facilitate their projects.  Projects will begin July 1, 2017 with an expected completion date of June 30, 2018.

      Application details: 2017-2018 Geriatric Faculty Scholars

      Deadline: Friday May 26, 2017 at 5:00pm

      Contact: Laura M. Robinson 585-760-6380 or

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 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

Three Faculty Recognized with Karron Award

Timothy J. Holahan, D.O., who serves as the medical director or associate medical director at four nursing homes in the Rochester region; Adina C. Jucan, D.D.S., Director of Dental Services at Highland Hospital; and Allison Magnuson, D.O., geriatric oncologist, were 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 at least two years of geriatric fellowship training at the University of Rochester and who has demonstrated exceptional skill, commitment and compassion in caring for older adult patients.


Medina-Walpole Receives 2016 Jahnigen Public Service Award for Geriatrics Work

Annette Medina-Walpole, MD (right) wins Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Education Award.  Bill Hall, MD (left) is previous recipient.

William Hall, MD (left), previous award recipient, and Annette Medina-Walpole, MD (right), this year's recipient

Annette Medina-Walpole, M.D. was honored with the 2016 Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Public Service Award at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Geriatric Society. The Jahnigen Award recognizes one American Geriatrics Society (AGS) member annually who is committed to the goals of its namesake: Working with students and advancing geriatrics education. Walpole is a leader in URMC’s ambitious program to make geriatrics an integral part of the whole medical curriculum, and thanks to her, aging is one of six underlying themes for the medical student community. She has served as URMC’s Geriatric Medicine Fellowship director and currently co-directs the Dean’s Teaching Fellowship.

Three Faculty Elected Fellows of the American Geriatric Society

Thomas V. Caprio, M.D.; Krupa Shah, M.D., M.P.H.; and Kristen L. Thornton, M.D. were recognized at the May 2016 annual meeting of the American Geriatrics Society in Long Beach, CA. Fellowships are awarded AGS members who demonstrate a professional commitment to geriatrics, contribute to the progress of geriatrics care and participate in the Society's activities. They join a specially recognized group of health care providers dedicated to geriatrics education, clinical care and research, as well as to their own continuing professional development. Fellows have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities and in the Society by their service.

Medina-Walpole Joins URMC's Roster of ELAM Fellows

Annette Medina-Walpole, M.D. is the latest URMC faculty member selected for the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program. The intensive, one-year fellowship focuses on leadership training, with extensive coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities. The goal is to expand the pool of women qualified for leadership positions in academic medicine, dentistry and public health.

About 54 candidates are chosen for ELAM each year through a competitive selection process. ELAM is a core program at Drexel University’s International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics in Philadelphia.

Mendelson honored with William and Sheila Konar Family Professorship

Dr. Daniel Ari Mendelson was recently honored with the William and Sheila Konar Family Professorship.   The Konar Professorship was created to enhance patient-centered care, especially for the older and medically complex patients.  As a recipient, Dr. Mendelson will work to improve the health of the geriatric population and the patient experience through medical provider education, utilization of advances in information technology, the establishment of dashboards and metrics, a redesign of care delivery systems, and effective role modeling.

It is an incredible honor to be the first recipient of this prestigious professorship, and we are very proud to have Dr. Mendelson as an integral member of the Division of Geriatrics.

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