Dr. Debra Saliba to deliver the Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture at #AGS23, focusing on giving voice to frail older adults so that the care and services they receive are more targeted to their needs and goals

  • Dr. Debra Saliba (@DebraSalibaMD), Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecturer at @AmerGeriatrics’ #AGS23 annual meeting, will discuss giving voice to frail older adults http://ow.ly/7BKq50NInVv

New York, NY (April 13, 2022) — The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) celebrates Debra Saliba, MD, MPH, AGSF as recipient of the 2023 Edward Henderson Award for her lifelong focus on giving voice to frail older adults so that the care and services they receive better reflect their needs and goals. She will deliver the Society’s Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture at the AGS 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS23) in Long Beach, CA (May 4-6, pre-conference day May 3).

Dr. Saliba has more than 25 years of experience leading geriatrics research across the continuum of care. Among noteworthy career highlights are Dr. Saliba’s work to develop and test the Vulnerable Elders 13-item Survey (VES-13), a survey that uses individuals’ reports of function and health to efficiently identify older adults at risk for decline or death. The VES-13 has been translated into eight languages and is used in clinical practice, research, and health systems around the world. A second highlight is her leadership of a nationwide team that developed a new Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment — a tool used more than 14 million times a year to identify the needs of persons in nursing homes and to guide their care planning. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services also uses MDS to generate care quality measures and to inform reimbursement for post-acute care in U.S. nursing homes. Dr. Saliba and colleagues pioneered the use in MDS of patient self-report questions to identify patient needs. This work laid the foundation for inclusion of patient reported symptoms in other post-acute care settings to improve coordination and care quality. Dr. Saliba’s research has also explored home and community-based services and supports, the relationship of staffing patterns to care quality, and interventions to decrease the need for and adverse consequences of hospitalization.

“Dr. Saliba’s career embodies her commitment to working with colleagues, older adults, and caregivers on improving our collective health and quality of life as we age,” said G. Michael Harper, MD, AGSF, President of the AGS. “She is passionate about giving voice to older adults so that the care that they receive is more targeted to their needs and goals. The AGS has benefitted from her wisdom, passion for older adults, and generous spirit during her more than two decades of service to the Society. Like Dr. Henderson for whom this award is named, Dr. Saliba exemplifies how geriatrics health professional can significantly impact public policy and clinical practice and I am delighted that we are honoring her with this award.” 

Dr. Saliba, a Professor of Medicine, holds the Anna and Harry Borun Endowed Chair in Geriatrics and Gerontology at UCLA. She is the Director of the UCLA/JH Borun Center for Gerontological Research. At the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, she is a Physician Scientist in the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) and serves as the Associate Director for Education at the HSR&D Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy. Dr. Saliba is also a Senior Natural Scientist at RAND. Dr. Saliba has authored more than 200 publications and chapters in aging and continues to work with older adults and caregivers as a physician with the VA. She was a co-author of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s 2022 report “The National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality: Honoring Our Commitment to Residents, Families, and Staff.” 

“I am honored to receive this award,” said Dr. Saliba. “It is especially meaningful that it is conferred by my colleagues in AGS who share my commitment to improving the quality of care experienced by older adults. In my research, teaching, and service, my goal is to create systems in which all older adults receive care that focuses on their needs, strengths, and preferences.”  

Like the geriatrician for whom her award is named, Dr. Saliba has selflessly shared her talent and energy with the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). She has served on multiple Committees, work groups, and the AGS Board. Dr. Saliba was AGS President from 2017-2018 and Board Chair from 2018-2019. She currently serves as an Executive Editor for the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and is the JAGS liaison to our Public Policy and Quality and Performance Measurement Committees. She has represented the Society in a number of external venues, mentored many of our younger members, and served on multiple AGS writing groups for Society white papers, position statements, and guidelines.

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About the American Geriatrics Society
Founded in 1942, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. Our 6,000+ members include geriatricians, geriatrics nurse practitioners, social workers, family practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and internists who are pioneers in advanced illness care for older individuals, with a focus on championing interprofessional teams, eliciting personal care goals, and treating older people as whole persons. AGS believes in a just society, one where we all are supported by and able to contribute to communities where ageism, ableism, classism, homophobia, racism, sexism, xenophobia, and other forms of bias and discrimination no longer impact healthcare access, quality, and outcomes for older adults and their caregivers.  AGS advocates for policies and programs that support the health, independence, and quality of life of all of us as we age. AGS works across patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy to improve the health, independence, and quality of life of all older people. For more information, visit AmericanGeriatrics.org.

About the Edward Henderson Award and the Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture
The late Edward Henderson, MD, was a renowned geriatrics researcher and physician and an instrumental leader for the AGS. The Edward Henderson Award is conferred upon a distinguished clinician, educator, or researcher who also delivers the Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture on a topic related to the body of his or her work at the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting.

About the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting
The AGS Annual Scientific Meeting is the premier educational event in geriatrics, providing the latest information on clinical care, research on aging, and innovative models of care delivery. More than 2,000 nurses, pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, social workers, long-term care and managed care providers, healthcare administrators, and others will convene in Long Beach, CA, May 4-6, 2023 (pre-conference program on May 3) to advance geriatrics knowledge and skills through state-of-the-art educational sessions and research presentations. For more information, visit Meeting.AmericanGeriatrics.org.

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