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.

Marlon J.R. Aliberti, MD, PhD is a geriatrician and clinical researcher at the University of Sao Paulo Medical School in Brazil. Dr. Aliberti’s research focuses on creating and executing innovative models of geriatric care for day hospitals, and also on developing and validating targeted geriatrics assessment to screen for geriatric syndromes in busy clinical services. Dr. Aliberti’s work on both initiatives has been published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, among other outlets. This past year, Dr. Aliberti was a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Francisco, where he worked toward strengthening knowledge and skills in epidemiology and biostatistics, and conducted research using the Health and Retirement Study to show that physical frailty is a strong predictor for developing dementia among older adults cognitively normal but not in those with mild cognitive impairment. 

Claire K. Ankuda, MD, MPH, MSc is an Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with research interests in quality and care delivery for older adults with serious illness and functional disability. Dr. Ankuda explores ways that Medicare payment policies shape quality of life for older people. At the crossroads of clinical aging research and social policy, Dr. Ankuda was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan prior to completing a palliative medicine fellowship at Mount Sinai. She has published more than 10 manuscripts in leading journals and has received funding and recognition from the National Palliative Care Research Center, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center at Mount Sinai.

Rasheeda Hall, MD, MBA, MHS is a clinical researcher with expertise in geriatric nephrology. An Assistant Professor of Medicine at Duke University, Dr. Hall’s research involves health services research methods to develop interventions for older dialysis patients. As a liaison between the AGS and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), Dr. Hall also plays an integral role in informing colleagues about the latest updates in geriatric nephrology research—both at home and as the 2019 Young Nephrologist Speaker Exchange Awardee of the European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA). Dr. Hall is a recipient of the Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging, a Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists’ Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) Scholar, and the recipient of various research awards including the ASN-Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Award. 

Carolyn Presley, MD, MHS, a thoracic and geriatric oncologist specializing in the care of older adults with lung cancer, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Medical Oncology at the Ohio State University (OSU) Comprehensive Cancer Center and the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Prior to starting OSU’s Cancer and Aging Resiliency (CARE) Clinic for older adults with solid tumors, as well as the first embedded onco-palliative care clinic at OSU, Dr. Presley created and completed an ABIM-approved combined clinical fellowship program in hematology, oncology, and geriatrics at Yale University. She also received a Master in Health Sciences through the Yale Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. One of few multi-trained physician-investigators in geriatric oncology in the United States, Dr. Presley has dedicated her career to optimizing functional status while minimizing treatment burden for older adults with cancer.

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

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

2009 Awardees
Alayne D Markland
Amy S. Kelley
Angelo E. Volandes
Brie A Williams
Liat Ayalon, 
Rebecca L Sudore, SFVAMC
S. Nicole Hastings
Sara Elyse Espinoza
Sarwat Chaudhry

2008 Awardees
Alicia I Arbaje, MD, MPH
Carlos A. V. Fragoso, MD
Jalpa A. Doshi, PhD
Kevin M. Terrell, DO, MS
Manuel Montero Odasso, MD
Rachel L. Murkofsky, MD, MPH
Stasa Tadic, MD
Vineet M. Arora, MD

2007 Awardees
Cynthia J. Brown, MD, MSPH
Cynthia M. Boyd, MD, MPH
Heather E. Whitson, MD
Mara A. Schonberg, MD
Marsha N. Wittink, MD, MBE
Prasad R. Padala, MD
Roee Holtzer, PhD

2006 Awardees
Aanand D. Naik, MD 
David M. Dosa, MD 
Elbert S. Huang, MD
John A. Taylor, III, MD
Kaycee M. Sink, MD, MS
Lillian Min, MD
Lynn McNicoll, MD 
Sean X. Leng, MD, PhD

2005 Awardees
Benjamin Mast, PhD
Cynthia Carlsson, MD
James Rudolph, MD, BS
Jennifer Brach, PT, PhD
Malaz Boustani, MD, MPH
Patricia Coleman, PhD, RN, APRN
Ram Miller, MDCM, Msc
Renuka Visvanathan, MBBS, PhD

2004 Awardees
Cara Tannenbaum, MDCM, FRCPC
Caterina Rosano, MD, MPH
David Sengstock, MD
Gohar Azhar, MD 
Hsu-Ko Kuo, MD, MPH
Michael Weiner, MD, MPH
Nathan E. Goldstein, MD
Tomohiko Urano, MD, PhD