Edward Henderson Award

Laura Mosqueda, MD, AGSF

The AGS today announced that Laura Mosqueda, MD, AGSF, Dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, will deliver the prestigious Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture at the AGS 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS19; May 2-4 in Portland, Ore.). Her talk, Disrupting the Silent Winter: Geriatrics Role in Stopping Elder Abuse, will discuss the state-of-the-art in elder abuse identification, treatment and prevention, a subject on which she’s one of the country’s foremost experts. Dr. Mosqueda’s talk will examine geriatrics’ approach to elder abuse in clinical practice, research and education, including how the field has advanced, ongoing challenges, future horizons, and the vital role of geriatrics health professionals.

“As one of the first geriatrics health professionals to lead a major medical school, Dr. Mosqueda is helping steer medicine—and medical education—toward a deeper appreciation for meeting our needs as we age,” notes Laurie G. Jacobs, MD, AGSF, AGS President. “In a fundamental way, that begins by ending the mistreatment of older adults with the type of strong social supports Dr. Mosqueda is so well known for identifying.”

Long recognized as an advocate for older adults, Dr. Mosqueda has testified before Congress and served as an expert for the White House and federal agencies on a host of social justice initiatives aimed at identifying, addressing, and preventing the abuse of older people. She directs the National Center on Elder Abuse, a federally funded program that focuses on improving the response to abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation in all forms.

In 2003, she co-founded the first Elder Abuse Forensic Center in the United States, bringing together diverse stakeholders, including  geriatricians, pharmacists, gero-psychologists, social workers, adult protective services, law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates, and others to evaluate and where appropriate intervene in complicated cases of suspected mistreatment.

Dr. Mosqueda, a Keck School alumna trained in family medicine and geriatrics, was appointed Dean of her alma mater in 2018. She now oversees more than 1,850 full-time faculty physicians and researchers who direct the education of nearly 2,000 medical and graduate students, as well as 900 resident physicians annually. Her oversight includes a broad community-outreach component to under-served neighborhoods surrounding the medical school campus, which underscores the university’s commitment to access while helping to diversify the medical student body for more perspectives, better science, and improved patient care. She brings to her work a deep appreciation for how changing demographics and increased longevity necessitate a deeper appreciation for the physical, financial, and social needs of older adults. 

An AGS member since 1984, Dr. Mosequeda has also served as President of the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs (ADGAP) and has contributed to scores of presentations and research publications on elder abuse, geriatric medicine, and geriatric training across medical specialties.

Dr. Mosqueda rejoined the Keck School in 2015, first as Chair of Family Medicine and Associate Dean of Primary Care, and later as Interim Dean. Dr. Mosqueda previously worked at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine for fourteen years. She is the first woman to lead the Keck School of Medicine since its founding in 1885.

Edward Henderson, MD, namesake of the Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture, was a beloved and respected geriatrician who served the AGS in several capacities, most notably as President, Vice President, and Executive Director. For more than two decades, Dr. Henderson’s devoted efforts on behalf of the AGS made him an international authority in human aging and geriatric medicine. The Edward Henderson Award is one of several honors conferred by the AGS at its Annual Scientific Meeting.

Past Recipients of the Edward Henderson Award

2018      Bruce Leff, MD, AGSF
2017      Richard Allman, MD
2016      Christopher Callahan, MD
2015      Robert M. Palmer, MD, MPH
2014      Michael W. Rich, MD
2013      Diane E. Meier, MD
2012      David B. Reuben, MD
2011      Mary E. Tinetti, MD
2010      Sharon K. Inouye, MD, MPH
2009      Mary Naylor, RN, PhD
2008      Linda P. Fried, MD
2007      Joseph T. Hanlon, PharmD, MS
2006      Walter Willet, MD
2005      Jeffrey Cummings, MD
2004      Edward Wagner, MD
2003      Vincent Mor, PhD
2002      David T. Felson, MD
2001      Mahlon R. DeLong, MD
2000      Bruce Vladeck, MD