• Today, @AmerGeriatrics announces Dr. Lauren Southerland (@LSGeriatricEM) of @OhioStateEMRes, @OSUCOM_WIM as recipient of the #AGS22 Jeffrey H. Silverstein Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators in the Surgical and Related Medical Specialties http://ow.ly/GOLU50ILRti 

New York, NY (April 19, 2022)—Advancing care for older people across health specialties, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the AGS Health in Aging Foundation today announced that Lauren Southerland, MD, of Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center will receive this year’s Jeffrey H. Silverstein Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators in the Surgical and Related Medical Specialties. Presented at the AGS 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS22), held May 12 – 14 in Orlando, Florida, the award will recognize Dr. Southerland for pioneering multidisciplinary geriatric models of care for older adults who have emergency healthcare needs.
“Since its inception, the AGS has worked to advance the care of older adults and to ensure that all our practitioners are skilled in delivering the specialized health care older adults require as they age. In particular, emergency care for our patients has its own unique challenges,” said AGS President Peter Hollmann, MD, AGSF. “Pioneering leaders like Dr. Southerland are making great strides to ensure that our patients receive the treatment they need when they are taken to the ED.”
As an emergency medicine clinician-researcher, Dr. Southerland has been a strong advocate for improving the care of older adults throughout her medical career. She joined the faculty at OSU in 2013 after completing her fellowship in Geriatric Emergency Medicine at Beaumont Hospital in Michigan.
Since then, her research has focused on quality improvement, implementation science, and the incorporation of multidisciplinary geriatric care into the care of older adults with emergency healthcare needs. Dr. Southerland is the Principal Investigator of a NIA K23 grant evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of geriatric screening tools in the ED. She has 15 first-author and six last-author publications on topics in geriatrics, including a Tideswell Leadership in Aging scholarly project that evaluated a cost/reimbursement model for incorporating geriatricians or geriatric nurse practitioners, physical therapists, and pharmacists into the ED care of patients. Another recent article with significant impact in geriatric emergency medicine was a description of operational models of Geriatric EDs that reached the 97th percentile for citations and 92nd percentile for social media impact in the past year.

Dr. Southerland has previously presented her work at AGS meetings as well as SAEM, ACEP, GSA, and other national research forums. At AGS 2022, she will discuss an investigation of evaluation of capacity to consent practices in clinical trials in the ED.

Board-certified in emergency medicine, Dr. Southerland graduated from Duke University School of Medicine, where she subsequently served her internship and residency. She is the Director of Clinical Research for Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Southerland serves her community as the medical representative for the Franklin County interdisciplinary team that focuses on preventing elder abuse and neglect. 

The Silverstein Memorial Award is one of several honors conferred by the AGS at its Annual Scientific Meeting. The 2022 award recipients, all of whom will be honored at #AGS22, include healthcare leaders representing the depth and breadth of disciplines championing care for older adults.


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 AmericanGeriatrics.org.

About the Health in Aging Foundation
The Health in Aging Foundation is a national non-profit established in 1999 by the American Geriatrics Society to bring the knowledge and expertise of geriatrics healthcare professionals to the public. We are committed to ensuring that people are empowered to advocate for high-quality care by providing them with trustworthy information and reliable resources. Last year, we reached nearly 1 million people with our resources through HealthinAging.org. We also help nurture current and future geriatrics leaders by supporting opportunities to attend educational events and increase exposure to principles of excellence on caring for older adults. For more information or to support the Foundation's work, visit HealthinAging.org.

About the Jeffrey H. Silverstein Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators in the Surgical and Related Medical Specialties
The Silverstein Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators in the Surgical and Related Medical Specialties recognizes emerging researchers across health care committed to careers in aging. Their geriatrics-focused work in surgical and other medical specialties helps to advance the unique care we all need as we age.