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AGS Clinician of the Year Dr. Faith Atai Honored as an Administrator, Educator, and Physician Above All

  • The @AmerGeriatrics names @UTHealth’s Dr. Faith Atai #Geriatrics Clinician of the Year #AGS21 http://ow.ly/DgVN50EkFOG

New York (April 9, 2021)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today named Faith Atai, MD, a skilled clinician and medical administrator with a dedication to teaching geriatrics trainees of all levels, its 2021 Clinician of the Year. An Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), as well as Medical Director of the UT Physicians Center for Healthy Aging and the Bayland Geriatric Health Center, Dr. Atai will be honored at the AGS 2021 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS21) May 13-15.

“Our 2021 Clinician of the Year embodies all the best qualities of a geriatrics health professional,” said AGS President Annie Medina-Walpole, MD, AGSF. “Dr. Atai’s colleagues and trainees respect her and her patients trust her because all her work as an administrator, educator, and clinician is in service of providing the best patient care possible.”

AGS Honors Dr. Helen Fernandez of Mount Sinai for Extensive, Outstanding Contributions to Geriatrics Education

.@AmerGeriatrics honors Dr. Helen Fernandez (@hfernandez01) of @MSHSGeriPalCare for outstanding contributions to #geriatrics education for all healthcare professionals #AGS21 #aging http://ow.ly/D0cv50EiHAg

New York (April 7, 2021)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today announced that Helen Fernandez, MD, MPH, a national geriatrics education leader focused on improving the care of older people, will be honored with the 2021 Dennis W. Jahnigen Award in recognition of her commitment to building the geriatrics health workforce we all need as we age. Director of the Geriatrics Fellowship program and Professor of Geriatrics in the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Dr. Fernandez has dedicated her career to improving the care of older adults. In addition to teaching and mentoring young clinicians, Dr. Fernandez has developed and implemented innovative new geriatrics fellowship programs and pathways. Dr. Fernandez will receive her award at the AGS 2021 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS21) taking place May 13-15 (pre-conference day on May 12). 

As Henderson State-of-the-Science Lecturer at #AGS21, Dr. Ellen Flaherty Sets Sight on Key Priority for Us All as We Age: Collaborative Care

  • .@EllenFlaherty5, Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecturer at @AmerGeriatrics’ #AGS21, sets sight on key priority for us all as we age: collaboration in care #geriatrics http://ow.ly/iVmy50EgSUU 

New York (April 5, 2021)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) celebrates Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF, an Assistant Professor at the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine and director of the Dartmouth Centers for Health & Aging who is the recipient of the 2020/2021 Edward Henderson Award for her trailblazing work on interprofessional teams.  Dr. Flaherty will deliver the Society’s Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture at the AGS 2021 Virtual Annual Scientific Conference (#AGS21) on May 13. 

“Across her career, Dr. Flaherty has established herself not only as a champion of the highest standards in geriatric nursing but of the best-coordinated care that health professionals across disciplines can provide,” said AGS President Annie Medina-Walpole, MD, AGSF.  “Passionate and thoughtful, Dr. Flaherty is sure to deliver an inspirational lecture that will illustrate the importance of interprofessional care teams when it comes to improving care for all of us as we age.”

At #AGS21, UCSF Expert Dr. Alexander K. Smith Will Offer “Confessions of an Unfocused Researcher” on Road to Better Care as We Age

  • At #AGS21, UCSF Expert will offer “Confessions of an Unfocused Researcher” on the road to better care as we age #geriatrics #aging http://ow.ly/1X2D50EfnkG

New York (April 2, 2020)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and AGS Health in Aging Foundation celebrates Alexander K. Smith, MD, MS, MPH, a Professor of Medicine at UCSF and one of geriatrics’ most influential researchers and advocates, as the recipient of the 2020/2021 Thomas and Catherine Yoshikawa Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Clinical Investigation. Dr. Smith will deliver his remarks, “Confessions of an Unfocused Researcher,” at the AGS 2021 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS21) (May 13-15; pre-conference day: May 12).

“Research is the power pushing geriatrics expertise forward, and we need to chart as broad a course as possible because age affects all aspects of life,” said AGS Board Chair Sunny Linnebur, PharmD, FCCP, FASCP, BCPS, BCGP. “Dr. Smith’s career is a prime example of casting a wide net to yield promising approaches to the challenges we know, the opportunities we don’t, and the work that can yield solutions for both.”

Top #AGS21 Research Presentations Address Changes in the Alzheimer’s Brain, Older Adults’ Views on Firearm Retirement and More

  • Top-line research presentations at #AGS21 to feature insights into the Alzheimer's brain, a new model for predicting the life expectancy of older adults and older adults’ perspectives on gun retirement http://ow.ly/uT5M50EdtUY

New York (March 31, 2021)—Insights into molecular changes in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, a new model for predicting the life expectancy of older adults with multiple chronic diseases and age-related vulnerability, and older adults’ and healthcare professionals’ perspectives on gun retirement are the subjects of top-line presentations at the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) 2021 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS21) (May 13-15, with pre-conference May 12). Research reviewed at the conference’s Plenary Paper Session (May 13, 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. ET) represents geriatrics’ most promising scholarship, drawn from a pool of almost 1,000 abstract submissions. This year’s marquee research presentations are: