Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Award

Mitchell T. Heflin, MD, MHS

The Dennis W. Jahnigen Award recognizes an AGS member committed to working with students and advancing geriatrics education in schools of health and medicine The AGS has named Mitchell T. Heflin, MD, MHS, the winner of this year’s Jahnigen Award in recognition of his  commitment to advancing health professions education that enables health care providers in a variety of settings to care effectively for older adults.

Dr. Heflin, a tenured Professor of Medicine, is Vice Chief for Education in the Division of Geriatrics and Associate Dean for Interprofessional Education and Care at the Duke University Schools of Medicine and Nursing. As a Principal Investigator on a prestigious Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Dr. Heflin made lasting connections with many agencies that support older adults. In addition, he has mentored and supported scores of fellows and junior faculty from multiple specialties and professions who aspire to become advanced clinicians and educators.
Dr. Heflin’s career in geriatrics has focused on development, deployment and evaluation of education programs aimed at health professions learners from a variety of disciplines and professions, and the introduction of innovative models of care with a specific emphasis on community-based and perioperative care of frail older adults.
He served as Duke Medical School’s Geriatrics Fellowship Program Director for 11 years and, over the same span, directed the HRSA-funded Geriatrics Education Programs at Duke, including the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP).  He served as the site director at Duke for the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Program on Faculty Development to Advance Geriatrics Education (FD~AGE) from 2004-2016. Dr. Heflin also led the implementation of the Duke Perioperative Optimization of Senior Health (POSH) program and co-directed the VA Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) funded Specialty Care Education Center of Excellence for the VA POSH Program. As Associate Dean and Director of the Interprofessional Education and Care (IPEC) Center, Dr. Heflin works with educators and clinicians across campus in the design and implementation of educational programs aimed at improving our ability to use interprofessional collaborative practice to deliver safe, effective, person-centered care.

Past Recipients of the Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Award

2021      Helen Fernandez, MD, MPH
2020      John Murphy, MD
2019      Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCGP, BCPP, FASCP
2018      Jane Potter, MD, AGSF
2017      Maura Brennan, MD, AGSF, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDC
2016      Annette (Annie) Medina-Walpole, MD, AGSF
2015      Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, AGSF
2014      Elizabeth K. Tanner, PhD, RN
2013      Gail Sullivan, MD, MPH
2012      Leo M Cooney, Jr., MD
2011      Sharon A. Levine, MD
2010      G. Paul Eleazer, MD
2009      Samuel C. Durso, MD, MBA
2008      Rosanne M. Leipzig, MD, PhD
2007      Steven R. Counsell, MD
2006      Kenneth Brummel-Smith, MD
2005      Harvey Jay Cohen, MD
2004      Terry T. Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN
2003      William Hall, MD, Rochester, NY
2002      Gregg A. Warshaw, MD, Cincinnati, OH
2001      Evelyn C. Granieri, MD, Pittsburgh, PA
2000      David B. Reuben, MD, Los Angeles, CA