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.

Scott R. Bauer, MD, ScM is an academic general internist and clinician investigator at the University of California, San Francisco, and the San Francisco VA. With a strong research background at the intersections of primary care, urology, and geriatrics, Dr. Bauer’s mission is to improve the lives of older adults with common urologic conditions, especially lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). Dr. Bauer’s work on the study “Longitudinal Associations Between Physical Frailty and Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Among Older Men Without Urinary Symptoms at Baseline” found a concurrent increase in severity in physical frailty and LUTS, suggesting a shared underlying mechanism not yet targeted by current interventions. As a recent recipient of a National Institute of Aging (NIA) Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists’ Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) Award, Dr. Bauer continues to investigate this association for both men and women, with a goal to transform the ways we manage LUTS in older adults.

Kah Poh (Melissa) Loh, MBBCh, BAO is a geriatric oncologist with board certifications in internal medicine, hematology, oncology, and geriatrics. A Senior Instructor at the University of Rochester Medical Center, her long-term goal is to become an independent investigator developing and implementing behavioral and supportive care interventions and utilizing digital health technologies to improve outcomes for older adults with hematologic malignancies. Dr. Loh’s research, supported by the National Cancer Institute and the Wilmot Cancer Institute, focuses on these patients and their end of life care needs, as well as treatment decision-making in acute myeloid leukemia and the ability of older patients and their caregivers to understand prognosis. Her study, “Relationships Among Caregiver-Oncologist Concordance in Patient Prognosis, Caregiving Esteem, and Caregiver Outcomes” highlights the need for interventions to improve caregiving esteem and communication between oncologists and caregivers. A 2020 recipient of the AGS’ Arti Hurria Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators, Dr. Loh continues to provide essential insight into the unique connections between caregiver optimism, health professional pragmatism, and level of satisfaction with care in geriatric oncology.

Stephanie Nothelle, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. With a strong interest in understanding and improving organization of health care delivery for older adults with complex co-morbidities, her goal is to generate evidence that informs improvements in the quality and delivery of care for this population. Dr. Nothelle’s study, “Continuity of Care in the Last Year of Life Among Seriously Ill Older Adults by Dementia Status,” touches on the ideas that care coordination needs vary based on an individual’s specific condition and experience, including dementia status. Her ongoing research, supported by the NIA’s GEMSSTAR program, seeks to build on care management programs to ensure interventions improving care for older adults with a variety of complex, chronic conditions. With research presentations across several AGS annual meetings since 2009, we applaud her continued contributions to the field.

Ambarish Pandey, MD, MSCS, is a physician investigator and an Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. His research focuses on the development of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction in older adults, including its connection to novel risk factors such as physical inactivity, obesity, frailty, and other conditions, and how disparities in cardiovascular care can influence outcomes. A NIA GEMSSTAR awardee, Dr. Pandey is studying racial differences in decline in cardiovascular performance and underlying mechanisms, and his additional work with the American Heart Association investigates hospital care patterns and care quality with long-term clinical outcomes. Dr. Pandey’s study, “Frailty and Risk of Heart Failure Among Adults with Diabetes—Findings from the Look AHEAD Trial” found that higher baseline frailty was independently associated with a higher risk of heart failure and its subtypes in individuals with type-2 diabetes. At UT Southwestern, he is developing a collaborative program with the physical medicine and rehabilitation department to offer home-based multimodality rehabilitation intervention among individuals with heart failure and functional impairment.

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