Thomas and Catherine Yoshikawa Award

Amy S. Kelly, MD, MSHS

Thomas and Catherine Yoshikawa Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Clinical Investigation will offer recognition and financial support to emerging eldercare scholars who represent the early promise of the Yoshikawas’ own illustrious career. This year’s awardee is Amy S. Kelly, MD, MSHS, Vice Chair of Health Policy and Faculty Development and Hermann Merkin Professor in Palliative Care in the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, and Senior Associate Dean for Gender Equity in Research Affairs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 

The award will be presented at the AGS 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting, where Dr. Kelley will be delivering a lecture on Embracing Complexity: A Geriatrician's Approach to Understanding Serious Illness.

Dr. Kelley’s work focuses on advancing the care of older adults by improving care quality in the context of serious illness and promoting healthcare services and policies that help align treatment with patient needs and values.

She has received support from the National Palliative Care Research Center, Brookdale Leadership in Aging Fellowship, the NIA-sponsored Beeson Scholars Award, and current R01, P01 and K24 awards. She has also completed and disseminated the results of many patient-oriented research projects and has become a nationally visible contributor in the field of aging and palliative care research.

Dr. Kelley has introduced several crucial innovations to aging-focused health services research in areas of work previously completed primarily by medical economists. First, she has changed the paradigm of how we account for costs. In addition to only considering costs paid by Medicare or insurers, she has insisted on a patient-centered view of costs that considers out of pocket expenses and the enormous labor provided by family caregivers. Second, she has changed the paradigm of cost determinants, considering not just medical diagnoses, but geriatric measures including function and cognition. Third, her work has examined the benefits and burdens of medical expenditures by considering the higher cost and increase in care needs at the end of life. 

Her approach has had multiplicative effects, because it has been replicated by dozens of Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) researchers, and because of her extensive and generous commitment to mentoring at Mount Sinai and nationally.

Through the course of her work, Dr. Kelley has mentored many students, fellows and junior faculty, with an emphasis on women and investigators from populations underrepresented in science, who have disseminated their research through national presentations and peer-reviewed publications and received awards and grants for their scholarship. She is a two-time honoree as “Clinician of the Year” from graduating fellows at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai.

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

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