Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award

Ariel Green, MD, MPH, PhD

Presented to early career investigators with a demonstrated focus on geriatrics research, the Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award this year honors Ariel Green, MD, MPH, PhD a geriatrician and Associate Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Green’s research focuses on improving communication between older adults, family caregivers and clinicians about unnecessary and potentially harmful interventions. As the most junior member of the AGS Clinical Practice and Models of Care, Dr. Green was actively involved in writing the AGS Choosing Wisely ® recommendations, which she presented during a plenary session at the AGS Annual Meeting in 2013. Her current research is evaluating the impact on patient and care partner outcomes of interventions to optimize prescribing for older adults with dementia. She has obtained a competitive grant as Principal Investigator from the NIA Impact Collaboratory to pilot a pragmatic, pharmacist-led deprescribing intervention in primary care for people living with dementia and their caregivers. Findings from Dr. Green’s work on communication about deprescribing also informed the development of educational materials for patients, caregivers and clinicians that are the centerpiece of OPTIMIZE, a randomized clinical trial of a pragmatic deprescribing intervention for patients with dementia. Dr. Green’s research accomplishments led to her selection for the U.S. Deprescribing Research Network’s Junior Investigator Intensive, and her receipt of a pilot award from the Network. In addition to her impressive body of work, including 32 peer-reviewed publications with 13 as first author, Dr. Green is an award-winning health journalist whose essays about geriatrics have been published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.


Past Recipients of the Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award

2021       Lauren Ferrante, MD, MHS
2020       Andrew Cohen, MD, DPhil
2019       Nancy Schoenborn, MD, MHS
2018      John Newman, MD, PhD
2017      Dae Kim, MD, MPH, ScD
2016      Rebecca Brown, MD, MPH
                  S. Ryan Greysen, MD, MHS, MA, FHM
2015      Micah Drummond, MD
2014      Sarah D. Berry, MD
2013      Amy Kelley, MD, MSHS
                  Heather Whitson, MD, MSHS