Health in Aging Foundation New Investigator Awards

The Health in Aging Foundation New Investigator Awards are presented to individuals whose original research, as presented in a submitted abstract for an AGS Annual Scientific Meeting, reflects new and relevant research in geriatrics. The award is designed to recognize individuals who are committed to a career in aging research.

2023 Recipients:

  • Cameron Gettel, MD, MHS
  • Kaley Hayes, PharmD, PhD
  • Sara C. LaHue, MD
  • Brian E McGarry, PT, PhD

Cameron Gettel, MD, MHS is an Assistant Professor in the Yale University Department of Emergency Medicine and a Clinical Investigator at the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation. Dr. Gettel’s research focuses on addressing care transitions, falls, patient-centered outcomes, and Medicare payment policy for the acute care of older adults. His AGS Annual Meeting abstract entitled “An outcome comparison between geriatric and non-geriatric emergency departments” assessed patient-centered outcomes of older adults visiting geriatric and non-geriatric emergency departments. The study provides foundational data that may yield new important insights to help inform the care of older persons seeking emergency care. An active member of the AGS, Dr. Gettel serves as a reviewer for the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and is a member of both the Care Transitions and the Geriatric ED (GER-ED) Special Interest Groups. Funded by the NIA GEMSSTAR Program, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the NIA IMPACT Collaboratory among others, Dr. Gettel has distinguished himself as an outstanding investigator and is celebrated for his work at the intersection of emergency medicine and geriatrics. 

Kaley Hayes, PharmD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice at Brown University and an Investigator in the Brown Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research who researches the effects of medications for older adults, specifically in treatment of osteoporosis, diabetes, and hypertension. A rising star in geriatric pharmacoepidemiology, Dr. Hayes recently was awarded an NIA R01 grant to study the benefits and harms of long-term osteoporosis therapies in older adults. Her submitted research abstract for AGS23, “COVID-19 booster vaccination by race, ethnicity, and frailty among 11.3 million older adults”, identified racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 booster vaccinations among U.S. Medicare beneficiaries and suggests additional outreach to address inequalities. A first author of 18 peer-reviewed journal articles and poster presenter at AGS 2022, Dr. Hayes has demonstrated a commitment to a career in aging through her impressive track record of research. 

Sara C. LaHue, MD is an NIA Butler-Williams Scholar, Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology at the University of California San Francisco and visiting scientist at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. She investigates the ways biological mechanisms of aging and neurodegeneration drive the development of delirium and subsequent dementias. A prolific author of +35 publications, including the first major COVID-19 delirium prevention and management recommendations in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society which inspired a symposium that she presented at AGS22, Dr. LaHue has quickly established herself a leader in delirium research. Her submitted abstract for 2023 entitled “Accelerated biological age is associated with increased delirium prevalence and plasma neurofilament light in acute geriatric hip fracture pilot” suggests that mechanisms of biological aging may indeed be higher in patients with delirium. Supported by an NIA GEMSSTAR R03 and Larry L. Hillblom Foundation (LLHF) Start-Up Grant among other leadership roles, Dr. LaHue is celebrated for her extensive research experience, interdisciplinary collaborations, and passion for improving the care of vulnerable older populations. 

Brian E McGarry, PT, PhD is a physical therapist, health services researcher, and Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatrics and Aging at the University of Rochester. His research focuses on the effects Medicare policies on patient access and care quality, long-term care quality, and most recently, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on nursing homes. His submitted abstract entitled “Treatment of COVID-19 in Nursing Home Residents with Monoclonal Antibodies (mAbs)” found that nursing homes affiliated with geriatricians were more likely to use monoclonal antibodies to treat residents with COVID-19, suggesting that expertise in the care of older adults may be an important determinant of initiating antiviral treatment for skilled nursing facility residents with COVID-19. An AGS member since 2019 who serves on the Quality Performance and Measurement Committee, Dr. McGarry has published first-author of over 35 peer-reviewed journal articles and has been cited in amicus briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in the support of federal COVID-19 vaccine dates. A national leader with research expertise that lies at the center of aging, public policy, and the US health and long-term care systems, Dr. McGarry is celebrated for his achievement.  


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

2022 Awardees
Jason Falvey, PT, DPT, PhD
Kenneth Lam, MD, MAS
Jasmine Travers, PhD, MHS, RN, AGPCNP-BC
Scott Martin Vouri, PharmD, PhD

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

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