Clinician of the Year Award

Since 1993, the Clinician of the Year Award has recognized the great contributions of practitioners to delivering quality healthcare for older people and showcases the importance of the geriatrics clinician in our healthcare system. Through these clinicians' efforts, scientific advances are integrated into the practice of geriatrics, resulting in improved well-being and quality-of-life for older people.

2024 Recipient: Joyce Fogel, MD

Joyce Fogel, MD, is the recipient of the 2024 Clinician of the Year. Dr. Fogel, Clinical Professor of the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Senior Director of Education for Geriatrics at Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

"Our 2024 Clinician of the Year, Dr. Joyce Fogel, stands as an exemplary figure in geriatrics, demonstrating unparalleled dedication to the well-being of older adults," said AGS President Donna Fick PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, AGSF, FGSA, FAAN, "As an outstanding clinician, educator, and leader, Dr. Fogel's career has been a beacon of the transformative impact of holistic, person-centered care. Her enduring commitment to improving healthcare outcomes and fostering community well-being makes her a true star in the field of geriatrics."

A dedicated clinician and community advocate, Dr. Fogel has made significant strides in enhancing the well-being of older adults through her impactful community initiatives. Notably, she spearheaded the development of the "Memory Matters" program, funded by UJA Federation, which successfully operated in two Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs). With an annual participation of over 400 older adults, the program focused on early identification and education about risk factors and comorbidities impacting cognitive impairment. Additionally, she played a pivotal role in establishing the "Dementia friendly NORC" at Penn South Program for Seniors, which was also supported by UJA Federation. 

Dr. Fogel has collaborated with diverse groups, including the NYC Department of the Aging, the Wechsler Center for Modern Aging at the Jewish Community Center of the Upper Westside, University Settlement on the Lower Eastside and 6 other NORCs under JASA (Jewish Association Serving Aging). Her culturally and educationally tailored programs, such as the multilingual Ask the Dr. Program, exemplify her commitment to inclusivity. Dr. Fogel's community outreach extends to educating and empowering older adults, advocating for their healthcare needs, and collaborating with fellow professionals. As a senior clinician, she serves as a mentor to her younger colleagues, emphasizing personal growth and career development. Dr. Fogel's holistic approach to community care showcases her dedication to improving the lives of older adults and her enduring impact on healthcare practices.

Dr. Fogel received her undergraduate degree from the Sophie Davis School for Biomedical Education at City College of the City University of New York and her MD from SUNY Downstate. She completed residency in internal medicine at SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn/Kings County Hospital Center before her geriatric medicine fellowship at New York University School of Medicine/Bellevue Hospital Center. 

An AGS member since 1987, Dr. Fogel is also a Fellow of the Society and has served as a mentor, abstract reviewer, and a Presidential Poster Session Judge during the Annual Meeting. AGS is delighted to honor her with the Clinician of the Year Award in recognition of how she has brought her numerous talents and skills to bear during an exceptional clinical career with a focus on ensuring that we all have access to person-centered, high quality medical care as we age.


Past Recipients of the Clinician of the Year Award

2023     Shelley R. McDonald, DO, PhD, MCG
2022      Helen S. Kao, MD 
2021      Faith Atai, MD
2020      James Lin, DO, MS, MHSA
2019      Kellie Flood, MD
2018      J. Eugene Lammers, MD, MPH, FACP, AGSF
2017      Fatima Sheikh, MD, CMD, MPH
2016      Lisa Tank, MD, FACP
2015      Ronald S. Duemler, MD, MS, CMD
2014      Pamela S. Tronetti, DO, AGSF
2013      Rosemary D. Laird, MD, MHSA
2012      Niharika N Suchak, MBBS, MHS, FACP
2011      Margaret A. Noel, MD
2010      Jerome Epplin, MD, AGSF
2009      Michelle S. Eslami, MD
2008      Valisa Saunders, MN, APRN, BC, GNP
2007      Rebecca D. Elon, MD, MPH
2006      F. Michael Gloth, II, MD, FACP
2005      Henry Schneiderman, MD, FACP
2004      Roy Bradford Whitney, Jr., MD
2003      Taylor Graves, MD
2002      Jerry M. Earll, MD
2001      Daniel Haimowitz, MD, FACP, CMD
2000      Steven C. Castle, MD
1999      Samuel C. Durso, MD
1998      Mary Ann Forciea, MD
1995      Mary A. Johnson-Crockett, MD
1994      Gary E. Applebaum, MD
1993      Francis Salerno, MD

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