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URAI and Geriatrics & Aging Division Join Forces with Wilmot Cancer Center and Ontario Hearing Center at Lilac Festival Event

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Health and Wellness exhibit booth attendeesCiandra D’Souza, M.D., M.P.H., Ida Earner, N.P., and John McNamara, AuD., engaged with the Rochester community at the "Health & Wellness Expo" event on May 15, 2022 at this year’s Lilac Festival. The exhibit booth featured a Geri wheel that created a fun way to support health equity by providing direct and in-person conversations regarding fall prevention, balance and hearing deficits, and home safety with a focus on older adults.

Please Join us for the 33rd Annual Genetics Day, May 16th, with Peter Walter Delivering the Fred Sherman Lecture

Friday, April 22, 2022

The Genetics Day Symposium is a long-standing tradition of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and will return to an in-person format held in the Class of ’62 auditorium and the Flaum Atrium. The program on May 16, 2022 will feature a morning session with talks presented by UR faculty, a poster session and in the afternoon, the Keynote lecture delivered by this year’s Fred Sherman lecturer, Peter Walter.

Throughout his career, Dr. Walter has made groundbreaking discoveries in molecular and cell biology. His research has illuminated how proteins get sorted and transported in cells and organelles. Dr. Walter made seminal contributions to the understanding of how organisms protect themselves against the harmful effects of damaged or misfolded proteins. Such aberrant protein species can contribute to functional decline during aging and to several diseases, including various types of neurodegeneration. The cellular misfolded protein response characterized by Dr. Walter and his colleagues is a critical defense mechanism that protects against these degenerative processes.

Dr. Walter is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at UCSF and recently accepted the position as Senior Vice President and Director of the Altos Bay Area Institute of Science. He has received many prestigious awards, including the Gairdner Award, the Lasker Award and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.

Learn more about Genetics Day.


The UR Aging Institute and Division of Geriatrics and Aging Host Education Event at Ibero’s Centro de Oro

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Left to right: Raquel Serrano, Marie Bell, Annie Medina-Walpole, Ida EarnerIda Earner, Marie Bell and Annie Medina-Walpole hosted an interactive education event at Ibero’s Centro de Oro on Thursday April 14, 2022. Information on falls & safety in the home with an emphasis on health equity and disparity was provided to promote health and safety in these older adults.

Division of Geriatrics with Ibero staff

Ian Deutchki Recognized as "Emerging Leader in Aging"

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Ian Deutchki M.D., Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Medicine in Geriatrics and Aging, was selected for the 2022-2023 highly competitive Tideswell American Geriatrics Society Emerging Leaders in Aging Program. This year-long leadership fellowship augments and leverages existing leadership skills for clinical, research, policy and educational initiatives in aging. His practicum will focus on establishing the Age-Friendly Health System paradigm at Monroe Community Hospital.

Learn more about the Tideswell AGS Emerging Leaders in Aging Program

The UR Aging Institute and Division of Geriatrics and Aging Support a ‘Know Your Numbers’ Event

Monday, April 4, 2022

The UR Aging Institute and Geriatrics Division took part in a ‘Know Your Numbers Event’ with the Department of Ophthalmology at AME Zion Church on Saturday April 2, 2022.  To promote health and wellness in the Rochester Community, Division health care professionals sponsored a booth to provide information on falls and offered a falls risk assessment to community-dwelling older adults.

Annie Medina-Walpole MD, Ida Earner NP, Gina Dutt NP, Sarah Howd MD and Kristine Clark NP DNP

Annie Medina-Walpole MD, Ida Earner NP, Gina Dutt NP, Sarah Howd MD and Kristine Clark NP DNP

Kristine Clark NP DNP, Raje Sathasivam MBBS, Ida Earner NP and Annie Medina-Walpole MD

Kristine Clark NP DNP, Raje Sathasivam MBBS, Ida Earner NP and Annie Medina-Walpole MD

Director Recognized as a Health Care Hero

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Annette Medina-Walpole, MDThe Rochester Business Journal recently announced Annette Medina-Walpole, M.D., division chief of Geriatrics & Aging and director of the University of Rochester Aging Institute has won the 2022 Health Care Hero Award for Senior Care for exceptional care to older adults while making an impact on health care in our community. The award underscores key efforts led by Medina-Walpole, such as:

  • The Great Medication Reduction Challenge at Monroe Community Hospital (MCH) which significantly reduced the total number of medications prescribed for MCH long-term care residents.
  • A national survey of all fellowship-trained geriatricians from the past decade. Given the recognized national need for clinical and academic geriatricians, this data provided important insights into career decision making and the relationship between length of training and academic career development. The survey also has figured prominently in formulating new policy initiatives by foundations, national societies and other universities.
  • The integrated Aging Theme at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. This incorporated geriatrics throughout the curriculum and has been in use for almost two decades. The program has also served as a national model, and has been used to train thousands of medical students in the care of older adults.
  • The UR Aging Institute which is bringing important advancements to our region such as disseminating the principles of the Age-Friendly Health System, training interdisciplinary nursing home teams through Project ECHO® and sharing national education efforts in diversity, equity and inclusion.


Connecting the Dots between Aging, Alzheimer’s, and ‘Junk DNA’

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Vera Gorbunova, PhD, the Doris Johns Cherry professor of biology and medicine and Co-Director Rochester Aging Research Center, and Andrei Seluanov, PhD, a professor of biology and medicine, join colleagues at Brown University and NYU to to explore potential targets of treatments and therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases thanks to a new $16 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health.  Specifically, they will concentrate on the role retrotransposons play in Alzheimer’s disease and neurodegeneration.

Read the full article.

The Journey from Assisted Living to Memory Care

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Benzi M. Kluger, M.D., M.S., professor of Neurology and Medicine, talks to U.S. News and World Reports about what families might consider when moving a loved one from assisted living to memory care.

Read the full article: Is It Time for Memory Care?

Suzanne Gillespie Named President of AMDA Society PALTC

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Suzanne Gillespie, M.D., an associate professor of Medicine from the division of Geriatrics & Aging, has been named president of AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care (PALTC). She officially began this new role during the society’s annual scientific conference in Baltimore.

Gillespie was inspired to follow a career in geriatrics by the vastly different aging experiences of her grandparents. One grandmother aged in place with long-term care supports in the comfort of her own home. Her other grandmother needed to live in a nursing facility after a fall that injured her, and she experienced functional challenges toward the end of her life. Gillespie became interested in quality of care and life in post-acute and long-term care settings, the foundation of her entire career. After earning her M.D. at the University of Virginia, she came to URMC for her residency in Internal Medicine, and her fellowship in Geriatric Medicine.

AMDA PALTC is the only medical specialty society that represents medical directors, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other practitioners who work in post-acute and long-term care settings. Gillespie joined the society in 2005, the same year she earned the AMDA Foundation Futures award. She has already served the society in many capacities: as chair of House Delegates, chair of the Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee, chair of the Public Policy Steering Committee, a member of the Finance Committee, and chair of the Society’s Workgroup on Telemedicine and Technology.

As president, she will chair the Society’s Board of Directors and work to advance their mission, which promotes the development of competent, compassionate, and committed medical practitioners and leaders in the field. “As president of AMDA,” Gillespie said, “I am afforded the privilege of working with incredibly intelligent and compassionate leaders from across the nation who dedicate their time to caring for the most vulnerable members of our society. They inspire me, and together our work makes a real difference in people's lives. Professionally, I can't think of anything else more exciting. It is really a gift.”

“Dr. Gillespie is a visionary leader,” said Annette Medina-Walpole, M.D., division chief of Geriatrics & Aging, “whose career accomplishments in patient care, teaching, scholarship, and administration are exemplary. She takes the helm as president of AMDA at a critically important time. The COVID-19 pandemic provided unprecedented opportunities for crisis management and leadership at both a local and national level. Dr. Gillespie rose to this challenge and continues to exhibit extraordinary commitment and leadership. In this very influential role, she will advocate for health care providers in the post-acute and long-term care setting, impact national change, and improve the care of the older adults we serve in these settings.”

Read the AMDA press release.

Update, 4/6/2022: Read this Q&A interview with Gillespie about how COVID-19 solidified the increasing role medical directors play in the nation's nursing home.

Members of the Department of Medicine Earn RBJ Health Care Hero Awards

Monday, February 28, 2022

The Rochester Business Journal has recently announced the full list of winners for the 2022 Health Care Hero Awards. Four of the honorees are faculty members of the department of medicine. Congratulations to our colleagues on these well-deserved recognitions!

Winner: Greg Rosinski, RPA-C, from Primary Care
Category: Advanced Practice Provider
This award honors physician assistants whose impeccable performance goes above and beyond in the workplace. Factors to be judged include patient satisfaction and evidence of performance effectiveness, including testimonials from superiors, peers and patients.

Winner: Irene Perillo, M.D., from Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Category: COVID-19 Heroes
This award honors individuals making impacts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Winner: Bilal Ahmed, M.B.B.S., from Internal Medicine at Highland Hospital
Category: Physician
This award honors a physician whose job performance is considered exemplary by patients and peers. Factors to be judged include evidence of positive outcomes, patient satisfaction and testimonials from peers and administrators.

Winner: Annie Medina-Walpole, M.D., division chief of Geriatrics & Aging and director of the University of Rochester Aging Institute
Category: Senior Care

This award honors an individual for exceptional care to the elderly. Factors to be judged include evidence of performance effectiveness as well as testimonials from peers and administrators.

The RBJ will host a celebratory event for all honorees on March 24.

Vera Gorbunova Presents Aging Research at Medicine Grand Rounds

Friday, February 18, 2022

Vera Gorbunova, PhD, the Doris Johns Cherry Professor of Biology and Medicine and co-director of the University of Rochester Aging Research Center, shared her ground breaking research in longevity and aging with the Department of Medicine during the February 15th Grand Rounds.

Watch the full presentation: From Long-Lived Animal Species to Human Interventions

Brooke Donaher, OD Increases Access to Eye Care at Senior Living Communities

Monday, January 3, 2022

The Flaum Eye Institute Vision Van TeamThe Flaum Eye Institute Vision Van team has partnered with Lifespan to provide comprehensive eye care to seniors at their residences. Brooke Donaher, OD, a Senior Instructor of Clinical Ophthalmology, has been providing dilated eye exams, which include glasses prescriptions and an eye pressure check. By providing this service on site for members of Lifespan, the time and transportation barrier to reach an eye doctor’s office is eliminated while still providing a comprehensive exam that can identify age related changes in the eye like cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and address the need for eyeglasses.

Learn more about the Vision Van