Health in Aging Foundation New Investigator Award

Four Outstanding Colleagues Recognized

The Health in Aging Foundation New Investigator Awards honor individuals whose original research reflects new insights in geriatrics and a commitment to the discipline’s role in academia. This year, four outstanding colleagues were recognized for their work.

Jason Falvey, PT, DPT, PhD is a physical therapist, clinician-scientist, and board-certified geriatric clinical specialist who serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Falvey’s research focuses on disparities in patient-centered outcomes, including healthy days at home, among important subgroups of older adults including those who are newly disabled, socioeconomically disadvantaged, or cognitively impaired. His AGS Annual Meeting abstract entitled “Impact of Economic Disadvantage and Dementia on Aging in Place after Hip Fracture”, used 2010-2018 Medicare claims to evaluate the extent to which poverty moderates the relationships between dementia and healthy days spent at home after hip fracture—attempting to identify unmet needs and potential policy gaps to address in future studies. An emerging leader at the intersection of rehabilitation and aging, Dr. Falvey is only the second physical therapist in the country funded by a Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award (K76) from the National Institute on Aging, among numerous other leadership activities. Dr. Falvey’s important work on socioeconomic disadvantage and aging in place among vulnerable older adult populations has the potential to substantially improve the care of older adults recovering from catastrophically disabling hospitalizations and he is applauded for his efforts.

Kenneth Lam, MD, MAS is a geriatrician, health services researcher, and Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Lam’s research focuses on exploring the experience of disability in late life and its role in institutionalization. He is currently funded by a KL2 grant at UCSF, where he examines the role of supports, such as caregiving and equipment, in countering the negative effects of disability among community-dwelling older adults. In his forthcoming work “Functional impairments before and after institutionalization”, Dr. Lam aims to investigate and empirically describe changes in functional impairments and caregiving hours in the time leading up to an older person's move into a nursing home or residential care facility. Distinguished by his exceptional fluency with concepts in epidemiology and biostatistics, Dr. Lam is also a respected clinician and the recipient of the UCSF MSTAR Best Clinical Mentor award. Dr. Lam is an active new member and contributor to the AGS and serves as a Junior Reviewer for the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.  Dr. Lam enthusiastically tackles fundamental yet challenging questions about aging in his research. He hopes to advance the methods and conceptual models used to study the risks and benefits of institutionalization versus "aging in place" and produce tools that can better help patients and caregivers navigate the often-unfamiliar transition to nursing homes or residential care facilities. He is applauded for his work. 

Jasmine Travers, PhD, MHS, RN, AGPCNP-BC is an Assistant Professor at New York University (NYU) Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Her research is focused on improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities experienced by disadvantaged older adults. Dr. Travers’ study, “The Paycheck Protection Program and Nursing Home Staffing,” investigated changes in nursing home staffing hours post distribution of funding that was appropriated toward staffing from a US government economic relief program. Findings will inform future efforts to mitigate staffing shortages in nursing homes. Among the many outlets, that Dr. Travers contributes her expertise, she is a leading expert on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Quality of Care in Nursing Homes Consensus Study Committee. She along with other experts are examining how our nation delivers, finances, regulates, and measures the quality of nursing home care. Dr. Travers has maintained an active involvement since joining AGS through her presentations of her research at the 2019, 2020 and 2021 AGS annual meetings as well as her participation in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) Junior Reviewer program. We applaud Dr. Travers’ contributions to AGS and her important work toward eliminating disparities in the delivery of long-term care.

Scott Martin Vouri, PharmD, PhD is a clinically-trained, board-certified geriatric clinical pharmacist, pharmacoepidemiologist, and health services researcher who serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. With a research focus on prescribing cascades (treatment of drug-induced adverse events with new, potentially unnecessary medication), Dr. Vouri has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles. Funded by the National Institute on Aging K08 Career Development Award, his work measures the downstream consequences of prescribing cascades and developing approaches for clinical intervention. His article, “Quantifying Incidence and Risk of Excessive Loop Diuretic Use relative to Dihydropyridine Calcium Channel Blocker Dose: a Prescribing Cascade Evaluation,” aimed to quantify the excess prescribing of loop diuretics following the initiation of a DH-CCB by dose. Dr. Vouri is an active member of the AGS community, serving on the JAGS editorial board and as co-chair of the AGS Polypharmacy and Deprescribing SIG. He is applauded for his impressive contributions to aging research.

Past Recipients of the Health in Aging Foundation New Investigator Award:

2021 Awardees
Scott Bauer, MD, MS
Kah Poh (Melissa) Loh, MBBCh, BAO
Stephanie Nothelle, MD
Ambarish Pandey, MD, MSCS

2020 Awardees
Ashwin Kotwal, MD, MS
Daniel Parker, MD
Adam Simning, MD, PhD
Andrew Zullo, PharmD, ScM, PhD

2019 Awardees
Marlon J.R. Aliberti, MD, PhD
Claire K. Ankuda, MD, MPH, MSc
Rasheeda Hall, MD, MBA, MHS
Carolyn Presley, MD, MHS

2018 Awardees
Lina Ma, MD, PhD
Anil Makam, MD, MAS
Brienne Miner, MD, MHS
Victoria Tang, MD, MAS

2017 Awardees
Andrew Cohen, MD, DPhil
Lorena Gonzalez, MD
Benjamin Han, MD, MPH
Supakanya Wongrakpanich, MD

2016 Awardees
Lauren Ferrante, MD
Lee A. Jennings, MD, MSHS
David S.H. Lee, PharmD, PhD
Neelesh Nadkarni, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Nancy Schoenborn, MD
Anne Suskind, MD, MS

2015 Awardees
Jennifer Lai, MD, MBA
Michael LaMantia, MD, MPH
Una Makris, MD
John Newman, MD, PhD
Ryota Sakurai, PT, PhD

2014 Awardees
Ryan Greysen
Zachary Marcum
Bianca Buurman, RN, PhD
John A. Batsis, MD, FACP
John Dodson
Terrence E. Murphy, PhD

2013 Awardees
Peter Abadir, MD
C. Barrett Bowling, MD
Rebecca Brown, MD, MPH
Gelareh Gabayan, MD, MSHS

2012 Awardees
Christina Bell, MD, MSc
Noll Campbell, PharmD, FASCP, BCPP
Sandy Chang, MD
Dr. Oddom Demontiero MD, FRACP
Mieke Deschodt, RN, MSc, PhD student
Constance H. Fung, MD
Sei J. Lee, MD, MAS
Matthew T. Rondina, M.D.

2011 Awardees
Theresa A. Allison, MD, PhD
Laurie Archbald-Pannone, MD,  PhD
Marian Betz, MD,  PH
William Hung, MD, MPH
Toru Okura, MD, MSc
Kalpana P. Padala, MD, MS
Krupa Shah, MD, MPH

2010 Awardees   
Sarah D. Berry, MD, MPH
Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD
Jane L. Givens, MD, MSCE
Alison J. Huang, MD
Supriya G. Mohile, MD, MS
Esther S. Oh, MD
Ramona L. Rhodes, MD, MPH
Alexander K. Smith, MD, MPH
E. Camille Vaughan, MD, MS