Choosing Wisely® Champion Awards

Thomas Finucane, MD

The Choosing Wisely® Champions program helps expand the Choosing Wisely® campaign by highlighting stories of people whose leadership in choosing tests and treatments wisely has inspired others to promote high-quality, person-centered care. For the 2020 award, the AGS congratulates Thomas Finucane, MD, Professor Emeritus of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Senior Lecturer at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Finucane has authored papers showing little or no benefit from tube feeding in older adults with advanced dementia, or from intensive glycemic control, nutrition support, cholinesterase inhibitors (ChEIs), and antibiotic treatment of urinary tract infections ("UTIs") in many older patients. He has spoken about several of these topics at national meetings, with anticipated symposia on type-2 diabetes and on UTIs in older adults at #AGS21 in Chicago. He continues to expand on Choosing Wisely® recommendations in research and practice, and to serve as a role model for colleagues bringing these principles to their care. The AGS applauds Dr. Finucane for these efforts.

Past Recipients of the Choosing Wisely® Champion Award

2019      Rebecca Dobert
2018      Alina Sibley, APRN, BC
2017      Eric Anthony Lee, MD
2016      Heidi-Ann Courtney, PA-C
                  Ariel Green, MD, MPH