Jeffrey H. Silverstein Memorial Award

Tony Rosen, MD, MPH

Advancing care for older people across health specialties, the AGS and the AGS Health in Aging Foundation this year announced that Tony Rosen, MD, MPH—Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and Attending Emergency Physician at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center—will receive the 2018 Jeffrey H. Silverstein Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators in the Surgical and Related Medical Specialties.

For his presentation at #AGS18, Dr. Rosen and colleagues evaluated more than 100 programs designed to identify, address, or prevent the mistreatment of older individuals. According to Dr. Rosen’s evaluation, most programs focus on raising awareness and public education, as well as developing inter-professional healthcare teams equipped to confront the challenges of physical, social, emotional, financial, and sexual abuse. Importantly, Dr. Rosen and his colleagues note that many such programs hold promise for helping resource-constrained communities. Unfortunately, only 2 percent of programs evaluated used high-quality study designs, suggesting that advances are needed within the field in evaluation research.

Dr. Rosen has spent nearly a decade researching elder abuse and injury prevention for older adults, with a particular focus on improving healthcare provider engagement in identifying, preventing, and intervening to address mistreatment. A recipient of numerous private and public grants supporting his research, including career awards from the National Institute on Aging, Dr. Rosen served as a content expert at the 2015 White House Elder Justice Forum and as a panelist at the 2015 National Institutes of Health workshop on Multiple Approaches to Understanding and Preventing Elder Abuse. The author or co-author of more than 30 research articles, Dr. Rosen earned his medical degree in 2010 and began pursuing a research interest in the intersection of geriatrics and emergency medicine after completing a Geriatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at Weill Cornell Medicine. In Dr. Rosen’s own words: “This additional training was invaluable in improving my understanding of the unique challenges in providing acute care to older adults and developing a career in emergency department-based elder abuse research.”

Past Recipients of the Jeffrey H. Silverstein Memorial Award 

2017      Anne M. Suskind, MD, MS