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

Lindsay Hampson, MD, MAS

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 Lindsay A. Hampson, MD, MAS, of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) for her work accelerating research at the intersection of geriatrics and urology.

A board-certified urologist with a background in bioethics and advanced training in clinical research and male genitourinary reconstructive surgery, Dr. Hampson is an Assistant Professor of Urology and Associate Program Director of the Urology Residency Program at UCSF, as well as a current participant in the Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists' Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) program. Her research focuses on the intersection of urology and geriatrics to improve patient-centered decision-making for older adults with urologic conditions that affect their quality of life. This is based on her own experiences counseling and caring for patients with male stress urinary continence (SUI), a leakage of urine during moments of physical activity that increases abdominal pressure, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercise.

In the study she presented at #AGS21, “Prevalence of Geriatric Conditions in Older Men with Stress Urinary Incontinence,” Dr. Hampson and her team at UCSF and the San Francisco VA Medical Center took a first step toward improving the decision-making process around surgery for older men with SUI by understanding the health characteristics and treatment choices of this vulnerable patient population. Dr. Hampson’s research suggests that multimorbidity (living with two or more chronic illness), dependence on others for help with the activities of daily living, frailty, and limited life expectancy are common among older men with SUI, and points to the importance of important of identifying characteristics like multimorbidity and mortality risk, along with patients’ goals and values, to provide individualized counseling and promote goal-concordant treatment decisions.

In addition to her credentials as a researcher, Dr. Hampson is also a strong advocate for health systems that meet our needs as we age. She is leading efforts at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC) to incorporate geriatrics principles in urologic care and make the SFVAMC urology clinic the first VA system to earn the Age-Friendly Health System designation from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Dr. Hampson is the author of 39 peer-reviewed publications, including studies on the impact of frailty on surgery for male stress incontinence and patient-centered decision for urethral stricture surgery. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in bioethics from Duke University, her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, and her Master of Applied Science from UCSF.

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