Jeffrey H. Silverstein Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators in the Surgical and Related Medical Specialties

Lauren Southerland, MD

The Silverstein Memorial Award recognizes emerging investigators in the surgical and related medical specialties whose research is focused on geriatrics in their specialties and who are committed to a career in research on aging. This year’s award recognizes Lauren Southerland, MD, of Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center for her work pioneering multidisciplinary geriatric models of care for older adults who have emergency healthcare needs.
As an emergency medicine clinician-researcher, Dr. Southerland has been a strong advocate for improving the care of older adults throughout her medical career. She joined the faculty at OSU in 2013 after completing her fellowship in Geriatric Emergency Medicine at Beaumont Hospital in Michigan.
Since then, her research has focused on quality improvement, implementation science, and the incorporation of multidisciplinary geriatric care into the care of older adults with emergency healthcare needs. Dr. Southerland is the Principal Investigator of a NIA K23 grant evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of geriatric screening tools in the ED. She has 15 first-author and six last-author publications on topics in geriatrics, including a Tideswell Leadership in Aging scholarly project that evaluated a cost/reimbursement model for incorporating geriatricians or geriatric nurse practitioners, physical therapists, and pharmacists into the ED care of patients. Another recent article with significant impact in geriatric emergency medicine was a description of operational models of Geriatric EDs that reached the 97th percentile for citations and 92nd percentile for social media impact in the past year.
Dr. Southerland has previously presented her work at AGS meetings as well as SAEM, ACEP, GSA, and other national research forums. At AGS 2022, she will discuss an investigation of evaluation of capacity to consent practices in clinical trials in the ED.
Board-certified in emergency medicine, Dr. Southerland graduated from Duke University School of Medicine, where she subsequently served her internship and residency. She is the Director of Clinical Research for Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Southerland serves her community as the medical representative for the Franklin County interdisciplinary team that focuses on preventing elder abuse and neglect. 

Past Recipients of the Jeffrey H. Silverstein Memorial Award 

2021     Lindsay Hampson, MD, MAS
2020     Kavita Vyas Dharmarajan, MD
2020     Nazema Y. Siddiqui, MD
2019      Courtney Balentine, MD, MPH
2019      Candace Yvonne Parker-Autry, MD
2018      Tony Rosen, MD, MPH
2017      Anne M. Suskind, MD, MS