AGS Welcomes 25 New Fellows Recognized for Exceptional Commitment to Geriatrics

New York (May 8, 2018)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) has honored 25 leading healthcare professionals who joined the newest class of AGS Fellows—a select group of experts recognized for their deep commitment to the AGS and to advancing high-quality, person-centered care for us all as we age.

“All of our fellows are colleagues who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to geriatrics, have contributed to advances in care, and are active participants in AGS activities,” noted Laurie G. Jacobs, MD, AGSF, President of the AGS, in recognizing the new AGS Fellows at the AGS 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS18; May 3-5 in Orlando, Fla.).

This past year’s fellows hail from all four corners of the country and reflect the increasingly interprofessional nature of geriatrics as a field attracting doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physicians assistants, social workers, and many others. They include:

  • Sik Kim Ang, MD, AGSF: Attending Physician, Baystate Health
  • Vivian S. Argento, MD, CMD, AGSF: Executive Director, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Bridgeport Hospital, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Serena Chao, MD, MSc, AGSF: Chief of Geriatrics, Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Katya Y. Cruz Madrid, MD, FACP, AGSF: Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center
  • Swati Gaur, MD, CMD, MBA, AGSF: Vice President of Medical Affairs, Community Health Services of Georgia, Northeast Georgia Health System
  • Susan L. Greenspan, MD, AGSF: Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
  • Stephen A. Hermes, MD, FACP, AGSF: Geriatrician, Internal Medicine Associates of Kankakee
  • Masaya Higuchi, MD, MPH, CMD, FAAFP, AGSF: Clinical Fellow, Columbia University Medical Center
  • Beatriz Korc-Grodzicki, MD, PhD, AGSF: Chief, Geriatric Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Chandrika Kumar, MD, FACP, AGSF: Associate Fellowship Director, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Fabien Madrigal Leer, MD, AGSF: Chief of Intermediate Care, Geriatric National Hospital Costa Rica
  • Jeffrey De Castro Mariano, MD, AGSF: Assistant Chief, Geriatric and Palliative Medicine; Associate Program Director, Geriatric Fellowship, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center
  • Simon C. Mears, MD, PhD, AGSF: Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Joseph O. Nnodim, MD, PhD, FACP, AGSF: Clinical Associate Professor, University of Michigan
  • Mary Beth O’Connell, PharmD, BCPS, AGSF: Professor, Wayne State University
  • Ogugua Osi-Ogbu, MD, FWACP, AGSF: National Hospital Abuja (Nigeria)
  • Manisha Parulekar, MD, ACP, CMD, AGSF: Chief, Division of Geriatrics, Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Thomas T. Perls, MD, MPH, AGSF: Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Margaret O. Rathier, MD, AGSF: Associate Professor of Medicine, UConn Health, VA Connecticut
  • Nahid Rianon, MD, DrPH, AGSF: Associate Professor, McGovern Medical School of UTHealth
  • Stephen Ryan, MD, MPH, AGSF: Senior Medical Director for Geriatric Medicine, Rochester Regional Health 
  • Fatima Sheikh, MD, MPH, CMD, AGSF: Medical Director, FutureCare Charles Village and NorthPoint Facilities
  • Samir K. Sinha, DPhil, FRCPC, AGSF: Director of Geriatrics, Sinai Health System, University Health Network
  • Amy M. Westcott, MD, MHPE, CMD, FAAHPM, AGSF: Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program Director, Penn State University College of Medicine
  • Elizabeth Foy White-Chu, MD, CWSP, AGSF: Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, VA Portland Health Care System, Oregon Health Sciences University

Each year, a host of highly qualified AGS members earn fellowship status following a rigorous application process, which includes assessments of everything from continuing education to public service and geriatrics scholarship. Applications are accepted twice yearly, with more information available at

About the American Geriatrics Society
Founded in 1942, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics healthcare professionals that has—for more than 75 years—worked to improve the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. Its nearly 6,000 members include geriatricians, geriatric nurses, social workers, family practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and internists. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy. For more information, visit