- Phyllis Atkinson
- Kenneth Brummel-Smith
- Charles A. Cefalu
- Rebecca Conant
- George W. Drach
- Rebecca Elon
- Jerome J. Epplin
- Kathy A. Kemle
- Gary J. Kennedy
- John Murphy
- Susan Nathan
- Ann Marie Nye
- Mary H. Palmer
- Cheryl Phillips
- Marc Rothman
- Barney Spivack
Meet Our Members
Kenneth Brummel-Smith, MD
AGS Member, founding chair of the Department of Geriatrics at the Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee, Florida.
Educational, Networking, and Leadership Opportunities in Geriatrics Make Membership Invaluable I joined the AGS in 1980. I had just finished an education fellowship, was in family practice, and was teaching in a family practice residency. I started getting interested in this new area -- geriatrics. I hadn't had any training in it in my residency and hadn't done a fellowship, and I was looking for information. I found that AGS meetings were a great way to get up to speed quickly.
Phyllis Atkinson, M.S., ARNP, BC, GNP
AGS Member, Clinical Services Manager for Evercare, Southwest, Ohio.
Journals, Discounts on Publications and Annual Meeting Registration, "My AGS," And Opportunities for Networking and Advocacy Work Make AGS Membership Attractive. I'd worked as a critical care nurse in an ICU for 14 years before becoming a geriatric nurse practitioner. After working with older patients in the ICU -- especially older patients at the end of life -- I wanted to learn more about taking care of older people, making sure they got the kind of care they needed and wanted, and advocating for them.
Gary J. Kennedy, MD
AGS Member, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Director, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry & Fellowship Training Program, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York.
Both the networking opportunities that AGS membership affords, and the aging policy advocacy work that AGS does are centrally important to me. I think one of the AGS' strengths is that it's multidisciplinary. It's the umbrella organization for all providers in the field.
Barney S. Spivack, MD
FACP, AGS Member, Director of Medical Services, Waveny Care Network, New Canaan, Connecticut.
AGS' commitment to professionalism, advancing knowledge, and advocacy make me proud that I've been a member of the Society for over 25 years. As a clinical geriatrician, I value my association with the AGS, as it most closely represents my focus on patient care.
Jerome J. Epplin, MD
AGS Member, Family Practice Physician, Litchfield Family Practice Center, Litchfield, Illinois; Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Southern Illinois School of Medicine, Springfield, Illinois.
I depend on AGS for a lot of my continuing education in the field of geriatrics. Since 1992, I've chaired the Geriatric Medicine Test Committee that writes the test for the certificate of added qualifications in geriatrics for the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Family Medicine.
Rebecca Elon, MD, MPH
AGS Member, Medical Director of North Arundel Senior Care, Severna Park, MD
AGS members are medicine's advocates for the health and well being of older adults and frail elders. When I entered Baylor College of Medicine in 1977, I knew I wanted to be a geriatrician. Most everyone I encountered, faculty and fellow students alike, thought I was nuts. "Why in the world would you want to do that?"
Marc Rothman, MD
AGS Member, Division of Community Based Medicine, Kaiser Permanente - San Francisco, San Francisco, California.
AGS is the best source of information for geriatrics health professions, whether it's information about grants, education opportunities at and between meetings, updates on best practices, issues concerning Medicare, or JAGS. I've always believed that one should advocate for the entire patient population just as one is taking care of the individual patient in front of him or her. But public policy work is tedious, logistically difficult, and hard to do alone.
John B. Murphy
AGS Past President, Professor of medicine and family medicine at Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School and Chief Physician Officer at Rhode Island Hospital, Barrington, Rhode Island.
AGS is a place where I've developed great relationships with wonderful colleagues. Our current healthcare system creates many challenges for our field; financing has and continues to be a problem. But the relationships I've developed with colleagues have helped me stay passionate about caring for older adults - despite the low points we've had to deal with as a specialty.
Rebecca Conant, MD
AGS Member, Associate Clinical Professor, Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California.
I am a geriatrician whose professional life is focused on providing house calls to frail patients. I became a geriatrician because I am passionate about improving care for older people. I have been a member of the AGS since fellowship because the AGS fulfills a variety of needs that let me act on this passion: professional development, expertise, networking, setting standards and providing a public "face" for our field.
Charles A. Cefalu MD, MS
AGS Member, Professor and Associate Chairman at LSU School of Medicine, Slidell, Louisiana.
AGS efforts -- on behalf of its members, their patients, and other older adults -- to ensure that public policy supports quality care for all older people, is invaluable. AGS Membership offers me an opportunity to network with over 6,500 other colleagues who are also members - at AGS' Annual Scientific Meeting and through personal e-mail communications throughout the year. This networking allows me to keep abreast of grant opportunities and employment opportunities, among other things.
Cheryl Phillips, MD
AGS President, Chief Medical Officer at On Lok, San Francisco, California.
First, AGS was, and is, the organization that provides me with the most up-to-date, pertinent and relevant information about geriatrics research, education, practice and models of care. AGS is my center for knowledge and understanding of geriatrics. Secondly, AGS was and is the center of my peer networking. It's an organization of likeminded people who understand what I do. Thirdly, AGS is an important agent for crucial public policy change. Participating in public policy advocacy to improve older adults' access to quality healthcare is important to me.
"AGS has been a consistent source of support, enabling me to achieve my professional goals."
Ann Marie Nye
My early interest in math and science led me to a career in pharmacy, but it was watching my parents care for their parents that attracted me to a geriatrics specialty.
George W. Drach, MD
Professor Emeritus of Urology in Surgery, University of Pennsylvania and the University of Arizona
The AGS has launched and plays key roles in a wide range of programs that improve healthcare for older patients, and this is important to me.
Susan Nathan, MD
Geriatric Medicine Fellow Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
As someone at the beginning stage of my medical career, the knowledge I have gained and will continue to gain through my involvement in the American Geriatrics Society will make me a better physician, one prepared to respond to the needs of a growing aging population and hopefully one who can help my colleagues do the same.
Mary H. Palmer, PhD, RNC, FAAN, AGSF
Helen W. & Thomas L. Umphlet Distinguished Professor in Aging University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing
The AGS has helped me to stay current on clinical issues such as medication management, the quality of care in nursing homes, identifying and treating depression and dementia in older adults, new clinical care guidelines, and the latest in scientific advancements in clinical aging research.