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Annette Medina-Walpole, M.D.

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Phone Numbers

Administrative: (585) 760-6354

Office: (585) 760-6354

Fax: (585) 424-5725

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentNot Accepting New Patients

Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Setting

Geriatrics & Aging


Professional Background

Dr. Annette Medina-Walpole is the Paul H. Fine Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Geriatrics & Aging and the founding Director of the UR Aging Institute. Dr. Medina-Walpole served as medical director of Monroe Community Hospital from 2014-2021, a 566-bed county owned long term care facility, which remains one of the premier teaching nursing homes in the country, largely due to the affiliation with University of Rochester since 1966. She also served as the Medical Director for the Living Center at Highlands at Pittsford, a URMC affiliated skilled nursing facility, from 2008-2014. Dr. Medina-Walpole has been 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 since 2003. Dr. Medina-Walpole is the recipient of several 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. She is the 2016 recipient of the American Geriatrics Society's Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Public Service Award for her work in furthering geriatric education and her commitment to addressing workforce shortage among geriatric health professionals.

Dr. Medina-Walpole collaborated with the John A. Hartford Foundation to create a national resource guide for Geriatric Centers of Excellence on Recruitment to Advanced Fellowship Training and Faculty Positions in Academic Geriatrics. She was a Lawrence A. Kohn Senior Teaching Fellow and a Dean's Teaching Fellow and co-directed the Dean's Teaching Fellowship at URMC. She directed the Aging Theme at the University of Rochester School of Medicine from 1999 – 2014 and directed a course for first year students, Skills in Complete Patient Evaluation from 2010-15. Dr. Medina-Walpole was the principal investigator on the Chief Resident Immersion Training Grant and co-principal investigator on Donald W. Reynolds Foundation grant to train hospitalists and subspecialists in geriatrics. She currently serves as Director of Education for the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program grant. She was a participant in the inaugural URMC Senior Leadership and Education Development Program.

Dr. Medina-Walpole is also active nationally in the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), as the Past President and Board Chair. She is currently directing the Professional Education Executive Committee for the Society and leading a multi-year, multi-faceted initiative for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, working to effect national change to further promote excellence in geriatrics. She has served as the Co-Editor in Chief of the Geriatric Review Syllabus, Co-Chair of a Junior Faculty Task Force, Education and Program Committee member, Chair of the Teacher's Section and Chair of the 2008 Annual Scientific Meeting. Dr. Medina-Walpole represented University of Rochester as a fellow in the 2016-17 Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) program.

Her current career interests include health system collaboration and innovation to promote vitality, health, independence, and engagement of all adults as they age, geriatric education and workforce development, and the academic career development of clinician educators. Her career goal is to inspire the future leaders in Geriatrics to support the field and promote local, regional and national excellence in the care of the older adults.



MD | University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/07/1994 - 06/30/1996
Residency in Geriatric Medicine at VA Medical Center-Tacoma Dept of Psychology

07/01/1994 - 06/30/1996
Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at University of Washington School of Medicine

07/01/1990 - 12/30/1990
Internship in Internal Medicine at University of North Carolina Healthcare-CRNA verifs

07/01/1990 - 06/30/1993
Residency in Internal Medicine at University of North Carolina Healthcare-CRNA verifs

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2016 - 2017
Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Fellow
Sponsor: Drexel University College of Medicine

Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Geriatric Education Award
Sponsor: American Geriatrics Society

2009 - 2009
AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Conference
Sponsor: University of Rochester Nominee

2009 - 2009
Physician Mentor Recognition Award
Sponsor: American Medical Association Women Physician's Congress

Chair, American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting

Appointed to Fellow Status
Sponsor: American Geriatrics Society

2005 - 2007
Lawrence A. Kohn Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Rochester

Presidential Poster Award for Geriatric Education Research
Sponsor: American Geriatrics Society

Merck / AGS New Investigator Award
Sponsor: American Geriatrics Society

Certification as a Medical Director in Long-Term Care
Sponsor: American Medical Directors Association

Young Investigator Award
Sponsor: Hartford Center of Excellence, University of Rochester

Geriatric Academic Career Award
Sponsor: Bureau of Health Professions

Presidential Poster Award for Models of Geriatric Care
Sponsor: American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington

The David A. Ontjes Intern of the Year Award
Sponsor: University of North Carolina

The Lemmon Pharmaceutical Company Student Award
Sponsor: University of Chicago

1987 - 1990
National Hispanic Scholar

Summa Cum Laude Graduate, St. Lawrence University, Phi Beta Kappa, The Thomas A. Dooley Pre-Medical Award

Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, The Edward N. Warner Biology Award

1982 - 1986
Nathan Ford Giffin Trustee Scholar, Charles A. Dana Scholar, St. Lawrence University Faculty Scholar

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Journal Articles

Medina-Walpole A. "AGS' First Virtual Scientific Meeting (#AGS21) Offers the Opportunity to Build Specific Skills While Enjoying a Broader View." Journal of gerontological nursing.. 2021 May; 47(5):55-56. Epub 2021 May 01.

Medina-Walpole A. "On the Road to Age-Friendly Health Systems Recognition, the AGS Celebrates Some Major Milestones." Journal of gerontological nursing.. 2021 Mar 1; 47(3):47-48.

Lundebjerg NE, Medina-Walpole AM. "Future forward: AGS initiative addressing intersection of structural racism and ageism in health care." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.. 2021 Feb 9; Epub 2021 Feb 09.

Books & Chapters

Book Title: Geriatrics Review Syllabus: A Core Curriculum in Geriatric Medicine, 9th Edition
Author List: Medina-Walpole A, Pacala JT, Potter JF, Editors
Published By: American Geriatrics Society 2016 in New York, NY

Book Title: Approaches to Recruitment of Candidates to Adv Fellowship Training and Faculty
Author List: Medina-Walpole, Annette
Published By: Manual developed for the John A. Hartford Foundation Centers of Excellence in Ge 2008

Chapter Title: Quality of Care in the Nursing Home
Book Title: Principles and Practices of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology
Author List: Medina-Walpole, A.; Katz, P.R.
Edited By: Hazzard, W.R.; et al
Published By: McGraw-Hill Companies 2003