Esteemed geriatrics clinician, mentor and educator Annette (Annie) Medina-Walpole, M.D., has been named chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Aging at the University of Rochester Medical Center. A professor in the Department of Medicine, Medina-Walpole is a natural-born leader whose influence has helped shape geriatric care and training since she came to Rochester in 1998.
“After performing a national search for the next leader of our Division of Geriatrics, we confirmed what many of us knew all along: Dr. Medina-Walpole is a rising star on the national geriatrics stage,” said Paul C. Levy, M.D., Charles Ayrault Dewey Professor and chair of the Department of Medicine. “She has incredible talent that spans so many of our missions. Without a doubt, Annie will be an outstanding clinician and leader at our institution, especially as we move URMC forward as a regional and national leader in aging and population health management.”
"Annie's energy and expertise will be invaluable as we develop research and clinical programs to improve the care of our elders," added Robert McCann, M.D., UR Medicine Highland Hospital Chief of Medicine and former chief of the Geriatrics and Aging division.
Medina-Walpole also serves as medical director of Monroe Community Hospital, one of the premier teaching nursing homes in the country, and was medical director at The Living Center at The Highlands at Pittsford, a URMC-affiliated skilled nursing facility, from 2008 to 2014. She is certified as a Medical Director for Long-Term Care by the American Medical Directors Association/American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.
A tireless advocate for meeting the health care needs of an expanding older-adult population, Medina-Walpole spearheaded an ambitious program to integrate geriatrics for all medical students into the School of Medicine’s undergraduate curriculum. She has served as Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Director and currently co-directs the Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, which trains faculty as master educators.
Garnering national attention for her work furthering geriatric education and her commitment to addressing workforce shortages among geriatric health professionals, Medina-Walpole earned 2016 American Geriatrics Society’s (AGS) Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Public Service Award. She has also been recognized with national and local research and teaching awards including a Hartford Center of Excellence Young Investigator Award, the New Investigator Award from American Geriatrics Society, and a Geriatric Academic Career Award from the Bureau of Health Professions.
“Annie is one of the finest geriatricians in the country, an excellent, compassionate physician, and an outstanding mentor,” said geriatrics specialist William J. Hall, M.D., Fine Professor of Medicine and director of URMC’s Center for Healthy Aging.
On the Board of Directors for AGS, Medina-Walpole works to effect change to further promote national excellence in geriatrics. In two decades as an AGS member, her passion for improving the health, well-being and independence of older adults has influenced the numerous emerging health professionals who have benefitted from her guidance.
Medina-Walpole is a frequent reviewer for the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and former chair of the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting Program Committee. She is co-editor of the ninth edition of the Geriatric Review Syllabus, a premier reference guide for clinicians engaged in continuing education.
Additionally, Medina-Walpole was selected to represent the University of Rochester as a fellow in the 2016-17 Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® program. This intensive 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.
Medina-Walpole earned her medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed an internal medicine residency and served as chief resident at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Other postgraduate experience included a fellowship in geriatric medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and a teaching appointment at the University of Washington Medical Center.