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Geriatric Mental Health and Memory Care

UR Medicine is a nationally recognized center for excellence in geriatric psychiatry and has the only geriatric mental health division in upstate New York. Our division consists of an outpatient older adult service, an inpatient geriatric psychiatry unit, and a distinguished memory care program. We conduct clinical research, participating in a number of national and international studies. Our Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship training program is one of the oldest in the country and is the only program in upstate New York.

Everyone in our division is driven by the same mission: to optimize cognitive health, mental health and well-being for older adults and their families through clinical care, education, research, community-engagement, and workforce development. We are committed to interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as to partnering with patients and their families to provide care that is accessible and individualized.

Patient Care

  • Older Adult Services: Psychiatric services to address the diverse mental health needs of older adults ages 65 and older. This program helps patients and their families with issues such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and age-related transitions.
  • Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Unit: A multidisciplinary team focused on the acute management of emotional distress and psychiatric illness in older adults. The team has expertise in the interplay of medical and psychosocial comorbidity and systems of care as they relate to older adults.
  • Memory Care Program: Diagnosis, treatment planning, ongoing management, and care of patients with cognitive impairment and dementia including support for their families.

Geriatric Telepsychiatry

UR Medicine is delivering cutting edge care via telemental health. Our telepsychiatry program provides consultations, across New York State, to multidisciplinary teams working with residents in skilled nursing facilities and patients in rural hospitals. Our telepsychiatry work is uniquely linked with our Project ECHO®-GeMH program, a nationally recognized telementoring program designed to share our geriatric mental health expertise to create better outcomes for older adults living in skilled nursing facilities.

Finger Lakes Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease (FLCEAD)

FLCEAD was created to serve persons with Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia in the Finger Lakes region, as well as their families. We do this by leveraging established resources and expertise in population health and primary care-based chronic disease management.

Our Research

  • AD-CARE (Alzheimer’s Disease – Care, Research and Education): AD-CARE is an internationally recognized Clinical Research Program that is committed to Alzheimer’s research. We participate in several national and international research initiatives that offer people with memory disorders the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research.
  • HOPE (Helping Older People Engage)
  • HARP (Healthy Aging Research Program)
  • VA Center of Excellence Geriatric Suicide Prevention Lab

Project ECHO® – Geriatric Mental Health in Long Term Care (GeMH)

This was the first Project ECHO® in New York state. Project ECHO®-GeMH aims to increase the skills, knowledge, and self-efficacy of long-term care clinicians in their management of older adults with behavioral health and dementia care needs.

Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

Since 1983, URMC has had a Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program focused on state-of-the-art clinical care, education, and research. We offer a unique Geriatric Forensic Specialty Track that gives fellows the opportunity to integrate geriatrics and forensics.


Elizabeth Santos
Elizabeth J. Santos
Chief of Clinical Service

Anton Pjetur Porsteinsson, M.D.
Anton Pjetur Porsteinsson
Co-Chief of Academic Affairs

Yeates Conwell, M.D.
Yeates Conwell
Co-Chief of Academic Affairs