Thomas and Catherine Yoshikawa Award

Named in honor of Dr. Thomas T. Yoshikawa and his wife, Catherine—who together served the AGS and the geriatrics community for more than two decades—the Yoshikawa Award will offer recognition and financial support to emerging eldercare scholars who represent the early promise of the Yoshikawas’ own illustrious career. The award, which includes a $2,000 honorarium, has been supported through 2032 thanks to generous support from AGS members and countless friends and colleagues of the Dr. and Mrs. Yoshikawa.

2024 Recipient: C. Barrett Bowling, MD, MSPH

The 2024 Thomas and Catherine Yoshikawa Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Clinical Investigation is awarded to C. Barrett Bowling, MD, MSPH, Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatrics at Duke University School of Medicine.

Dr. Bowling is a geriatrician, chronic disease researcher, and research educator who focuses on incorporating geriatrics into chronic disease research and clinical care. He is a past recipient of the NIA GEMSSTAR, a T. Franklin Williams Scholar, and VA Career Development awardee and principal investigator of two R01s and one VA IIR (R01 equivalent). His collaborative research has resulted in over 95 peer reviewed publications related to chronic kidney disease, hypertension, multimorbidity, lupus, and other chronic conditions among older adults.

To address the underrepresentation of older adults in research, he developed the 5Ts Framework to help anticipate and overcome challenges to enrolling older adults in research studies. The 5Ts framework describes maximizing study generalizability by enrolling participants from the Target population, building research Teams that include geriatrics and gerontology expertise, incorporating appropriate Tools to measure function and patient-reported outcomes, anticipating Time for longer study visits, and accommodating older participants with comorbidities and age-related impairments by following practical Tips. The 5Ts has gained national attention as an approach to improve research inclusion. Using this framework has allowed Dr. Bowling to advocate for the needs of older adults and support inclusion across the lifespan.
“Dr. Bowling’s work is based on the selfless goal of working to ensure older adults’ priorities are seen and met,” said AGS President Donna Fick, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, AGSF, FGSA, FAAN. “By focusing on the unique needs of older adults with chronic disease and chronic disease care, he is helping older adults retain their independence which is often a priority for this population. His research has helped to support inclusion and care of older adults in clinical practice and research with tools such as the CKD Discordance Index which can be used to identify older adults at high risk of hospitalizations and the 5Ts Framework. This work epitomizes the Yoshikawas’ commitment to diffusing new knowledge into practice.”
Dr. Bowling has demonstrated unwavering dedication as an active member of the Society. His involvement with the AGS dates back to his residency, where he initiated the establishment of an AGS Resident Chapter at University of Alabama at Birmingham. Notably, in 2009, he secured the AGS 1st place prize for Resident Poster, followed by the prestigious AGS/Merck New Investigator Award in 2013. He has actively served on various AGS Committees and Task Forces and is a frequent faculty member for the Annual Meeting Program. Dr. Bowling's exceptional involvement extended to the Jr. Faculty Research SIG which he chaired from 2017-2018. More recently, he served as Domain Co-chair for the Inclusion Across the Lifespan, Health Equity, and Vulnerable Populations Module for the AGS/AGING Learning, Educating, And Researching National Initiative in Geriatrics ("LEARNING") Collaborative Curriculum on multiple chronic conditions (MCC) which was developed with funding from the National Institute on Aging to support investigators seeking to include older adults with MCC in their research. 

Past Recipients of the Thomas and Catherine Yoshikawa Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation Award

2023   Dae Kim, MD, MPH, ScD
2022   Amy S. Kelly, MD, MSHS
2020   Alexander Smith, MD, MS, MPH
2019   Amy Kind, MD, PhD
2018   Heather Whitson, MD, MHS
2017   Sei Lee, MD, MAS
2016   Mara Schonberg, MD, MPH
2015   Rebecca Sudore, MD
2014   XinQi Dong, MD, MPH
2013   Cynthia J. Brown, MD, MSPH
2012   Malaz A. Boustani, MD, MPH
2011   Catherine A. Sarkisian, MD, MSPH   
2010   Cynthia M. Boyd, MD, MPH
2009   Louise C. Walter, MD
2008   R. Sean Morrison, MD
2007   Eric A. Coleman, MD, MPH
2006   David J. Cassaret, MD, MS
2005   Joe Verghese, MBBS, MS
2004   Terri R. Fried, MD
2003   Edward Marcantonio, MD, Boston, MA
2002   James T. Pacala, MD, Minneapolis, MN
2001   Thomas M. Gill, MD, New Haven, CT
2001   Greg A. Sachs, MD, Chicago, IL
2000   Elizabeth Capezuti, PhD, RN

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