Fellowship in the AGS

AGS Fellow Status (AGSF) is awarded to AGS members who have demonstrated a professional commitment to geriatrics, contributed to the progress of geriatrics care, and are active participants in the Society's activities. AGS Fellows join a specially recognized group of healthcare providers who are dedicated to geriatrics education, clinical care, and research, as well as to their own continuing professional development. Fellows have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities and in the Society by their service. Their dedication and longstanding commitment to AGS is recognized by this mark of distinction. You can view the 2017 AGS Fellows below, and find a listing of all current AGS Fellows here.


You are eligible to apply for AGS Fellow if you are currently an active member of the AGS and have been for at least 5 years*, have attended at least 3 Annual Meetings and accrue  at least 30 points** on the online application.  Points in the application are accrued based on activities/experience in the following areas :

  • Certification & Recertification
  • AGS activities including annual meetings, CE meetings sponsored by the AGS or AGS Affiliates, and volunteer activities
  • Publications & Research
  • Awards
  • Speaker Events
  • Public Service


Applications are due June 15th by 11:59 PM EST and December 15th by 11:59 PM EST.

Application Process

To be considered as an AGS Fellow, an applicant must submit a completed application package, including:

  1. Complete the  AGS Fellowship Application form. Complete only the items that apply. An applicant must accrue 30 points as defined by the application; applicants with less than 30 points will not be considered for fellowship.
  2. Provide two letters of recommendation by members of the Society in good standing (members for at least three years, AGS Fellows encouraged) endorsing the applicant's advancement to AGS Fellows.
  3. Submit a  one-time $150 application fee via check made out to the American Geriatrics Society. If the application is not approved, this one-time fee will be applied to future applications.

Submit completed application to:

Hoon Jason Park
Manager, Membership Services
American Geriatrics Society
40 Fulton St., 18th Floor
New York, NY 10038
T: (212) 308-1414
F: (212) 832-8646

* - Individuals are still considered eligible with a six month or less membership lapse within those five years.
** - Applicants should complete the application form to determine their point score prior to submitting their application and fee. Applicants with less than 30 points will not be considered for fellowship. 


AGS Fellowship Recognition

Members elected to Fellow status are granted the privilege of using the initials “AGSF” after their name and are honored during the AGS Members Business Meeting at the AGS Annual Meeting in May. AGSF members are also recognized with a badge on their MyAGSOnline profile and a bio page on the AGSF section of the AGS website.

2017 AGS Fellows

Veronica E. Adoun MD, AGSF

Veronica E. Adoun MD, AGSFVeronica E. Adoun MD, AGSF
Veterans Health Administration

Veronica Adoun, MD completed her Geriatrics Fellowship training at Tulane University New Orleans in 2004 and joined the Department of Veterans Health Administration. She was CMO for the Lafayette & Jennings Community Based Outpatient Clinics 2006-2012, and established a Geriatrics fellowship training affiliation with the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Lafayette Geriatrics Program in 2005. She is currently the Lead Physician for GeriPACT.


She has demonstrated a strong commitment to the advancement of Geriatric medicine in her community and has taken on a variety of clinical education roles for diverse audiences.

She has contributed to the development of VHA GeriPACT program and is very familiar with the clinical and administrative challenges of providing primary and geriatric care in the VA.


Dr Adoun has participated in national VA, Gerontological Society of America and American Geriatrics Society meetings and workgroups, presented at the annual scientific conference of the American College of Physicians 2004, and represented AGS at Capitol Hill in presenting a Loan Forgiveness Bill for Geriatrics residents/fellows.


Dr Adoun has served as Expert Panel member, providing Medical Advisory Opinion on Geriatric cases. She developed the computerized version of comprehensive Geriatric assessment template for outpatient use at the Alexandria VA 2006.


Dr Adoun is an excellent example of a physician who gives back to her community and profession. She was recognized by the VA central office for her hard work and dedication to Veterans during the Katrina Hurricane in 2005.

Cynthia M. Boyd MD, MPH, AGSF

Cynthia M. Boyd, MD, MPH, AGSFCynthia M. Boyd MD, MPH, AGSF
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Dr. Boyd is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Center on Aging and Health with joint appointments in Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management.  Dr. Boyd has been funded by the NIA, PCORI, AHRQ and foundations for her work.  She has focused her research career on the optimal management of people with multiple chronic conditions, including addressing barriers to developing and applying guidelines in patients with multiple chronic conditions and improving patient-centered care for people with multiple chronic conditions. Dr. Boyd was the 2010 recipient of the American Geriatrics Society, Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation Award.  Dr. Boyd was one of two Chairs of the American Geriatrics Society’s Expert Panel on the Care of Older Adults with Multimorbidity. Dr. Boyd sees older adults in a primary care clinic on the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Campus.

Anthony James Caprio MD, CMD, AGSF

Anthony James Caprio, MD, CMD, AGSFAnthony James Caprio MD, CMD, AGSF
Associate Professor of Medicine, Program Director of Geriatrics Medicine Fellowship
Carolinas HealthCare System


Anthony J. Caprio, MD, CMD, AGSF is an Associate Professor and serves as the Program Director for the Geriatric Medicine fellowship in the Carolinas Health Care System (CHS) in Charlotte, NC.  He also serves as the medical director for the Division of Aging in the CHS Department of Family Medicine.  Dr. Caprio holds a faculty appointment as a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine- Charlotte Campus.  A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine, Dr. Caprio completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Rochester.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  Dr. Caprio cares for older adults across all settings of care, including hospitals, nursing homes, residential, and ambulatory care sites.  He is particularly interested in medical education, end-of-life decision making, medical ethics, fall prevention, and prescribing practices for older adults.  He serves on the Ethics Committee for the American Geriatrics Society and he chairs the Ethical and Judicial Affairs Committee for the North Carolina Medical Society.

Cathleen Colon-Emeric MD, MhSc, AGSF

Cathleen Colon-Emeric, MD, MhSc, AGSFCathleen Colon-Emeric MD, MhSc, AGSF
Associate Professor of Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine


Dr. Cathleen Colón-Emeric, MD, MHSc is an Associate Professor of Medicine with Tenure at Duke University, a Senior Fellow for the Duke Center for Aging and Human Development, and the Assistant Director of the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center at the Durham VA Medical Center.  Dr. Colón-Emeric completed undergraduate work in Biology at Cornell University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with distinction in all subjects, and received her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha.   She completed a residency in internal medicine, a chief residency, a Masters of Health Science in clinical research, and a fellowship in geriatric medicine at Duke University Medical Center.  Dr. Colón-Emeric is active on committees in the American Geriatrics Society.


Dr. Colón-Emeric is a clinical researcher, focusing on fall and fracture prevention in older adults, particularly after hip fracture and in the long-term care setting.  Her current funding includes VA, Department of Defense, and NIH grants.  She has written and led industry-sponsored trials including the HORIZON-RFT trial, and served as endpoint adjudication chair or Data Monitoring Committee chair in 4 trials.  She has served as a Faculty Expert for the Long-Term Care Resident Quality Improvement Initiatives (RES-Q) for the Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence.  She is the recipient of several research awards including a Brookdale Foundation Fellowship, and a Paul B. Beeson award from the National Institutes of Health. 

Dulce M. Cruz-Oliver MD, AGSF

Dulce M. Cruz-Oliver MD, AGSFDulce M. Cruz-Oliver MD, AGSF
Associate Professor, Director Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Saint Louis University School of Medicine


Dulce M. Cruz-Oliver, MD, received her MD from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus 2005. At the same University she completed her internal medicine residency in the University District Hospital of San Juan, Puerto Rico. She then sub-specialized in Geriatric Medicine after concluding two year fellowship at the Saint Louis University.  Currently and for the past 7 years she has been an Assistant Professor at St. Louis University Division of Geriatric Medicine and recently promoted to Associate Professor.  During her first 5 years of her career Dr. Cruz has received a Geriatric Academic Career Award from the Heath Resources and Services Administration to develop herself as a Geriatrics Clinician-educator and researcher.  Her teaching and research interests are focused on palliative and long-term care education; and end-of-life care in Latino elders.  In the past two years she was awarded among 10 of the Sojourns Scholar leaders in the nation by the Cambia Health Foundation to develop palliative medicine at the Saint Louis University Hospital. She is the program director of the hospice and palliative medicine fellowship program, supervises students, residents, and fellows in the outpatient and inpatient settings.

Suzanne M. Gillespie MD, RD, CMD, FACP, AGSF

Suzanne M. Gillespie MD, RD, CMD, FACP, AGSFSuzanne M. Gillespie MD, RD, CMD, FACP, AGSF
Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Chief of Staff, Geriatrics Extended Care – Rehabilitation
University of Rochester Medical Center, Canandaigua VAMC


Suzanne M. Gillespie MD, RD, CMD FACP is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics/Aging and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Medicine. She completed her undergraduate degree with honors in Nutritional Science at Cornell University and began her career in health care as a Registered Dietitian. She went on to graduate from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and to complete residency and fellowship training at the University of Rochester Medical Center.


Dr. Gillespie is dedicated to her clinical practice in long-term care. Dr. Gillespie is Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics Extended Care & Rehabilitation and Medical Director of the Community Living Center at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center.  She is also a Lead Physician of their Palliative Medicine and Hospice Care and Patient safety programs.


She is a two-time recipient of the competitive Geriatric Academic Career Award from the Department of Health and Human Resources for her work in geriatric education related to quality improvement in long term care. Dr. Gillespie is active in undergraduate, graduate and continuing health professional education.  She is currently PI on a VA Health Services Research & Development study, “Factors Associated with Institutional Use by Veterans in Home Based Primary Care”.  Dr. Gillespie is Chairman of the House of Delegates of AMDA, the Society for Post-Acute and Long Term Care Medicine and serves on the Society’s Board of Directors. 

Todd H. Goldberg MD, CMD, FACP, AGSF

Todd H. Goldberg, MD, CMD, FACP, AGSFTodd H. Goldberg MD, CMD, FACP, AGSF

Geriatrician, Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Geriatrics Program

WVU Health Sciences Center Charleston Division


Todd Goldberg, MD, DMD, FACP, AGSF is a Board Certified Internist, Geriatrician, Associate Professor of Medicine, and Director of the Geriatrics Program at WVU Charleston and Charleston Area Medical, Charleston West Virginia since January 2008. Previously, for over 20 years he was at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Geriatric Center and Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA and will be returning to the Philadelphia area as Chief of Geriatrics at Abington Memorial Hospital in Summer 2017.


Dr. Goldberg is a Certified Medical Director of the American Medical Directors Association and is currently Medical Director of Edgewood Summit Retirement Community in Charleston, WV. In addition to the AGS and AMDA he is also a member of numerous other organizations including the GSA, American College of Physicians, American Academy of Home Care Medicine, and the American Medical Association. He has been AGS COSAR Representive for many years and Past President and Board Member of State AGS Chapters in West Virginia (WVGS) and Eastern Pennsylvania (DVGS/EPGS).

Dr. Goldberg is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and New York University School of Medicine. He completed an Internal Medicine Residency at the Graduate Hospital and a Fellowship in General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He also holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia PA. Special areas of interest include Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, healthcare ethics and economics, and preventive medicine.

Holly M. Holmes MD, MS, AGSF

Holly M. Holmes MD, MS, AGSFHolly M. Holmes MD, MS, AGSF
Director of the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine
University of Texas Health McGovern Medical School in Houston


Dr. Holly Holmes is the Division Director for Geriatric and Palliative Medicine at UTHealth McGovern Medical School in Houston, Texas. Her research has focused on the appropriate use of medications in vulnerable adults. She has been a past co-chair of the Polypharmacy SIG at AGS.

Jessica Kalender-Rich MD, CMD, AGSF

Jessica Kalender-Rich MD, CMD, AGSFJessica Kalender-Rich MD, CMD, AGSF
Associate Professor of Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Landon Center on Aging, University of Kansas School of Medicine


Jessica L. Kalender-Rich, MD is an Associate Professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Kalender-Rich is the lead in Geriatrics for ongoing development of a new 4 year curriculum in the medical school. She is also core faculty in the Internal Medicine residency program and the fellowship programs for both Geriatric Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.


Dr. Kalender-Rich focuses her teaching on transitions of care, geriatric syndromes, compassionate communication, and interprofessional education using case-based discussions and simulation experiences. Her clinical practice is in skilled nursing facilities. Dr. Kalender-Rich also serves as the Post-Acute Medical Director for the University of Kansas Health System and helps lead the effort to partner with community organizations to improve continuity of care across the continuum.


Dr. Kalender-Rich was born and raised in the Kansas City area. She and her husband have four children ages 22 month to 9 years. She is forever grateful for her family who continues to support her on this journey and makes all the puzzle pieces fit together.

Michael A. LaMantia MD, MPH, AGSF

Michael A. LaMantia MD, MPH, AGSFMichael A. LaMantia MD, MPH, AGSF
Associate Professor of Medicine, Section Head of Geriatric Medicine
University of Vermont


Dr. LaMantia is Associate Professor of Medicine and Section Head of Geriatric Medicine, Robert Larner, MD College of Medicine, University of Vermont.


Dr. LaMantia’s research focuses on the coordination of care for older, vulnerable patients as they transition across sites of health care delivery. He has a particular interest in the care of seniors in the emergency department and especially the care provided to seniors with delirium and dementia.

Michael C. Lindberg MD, FACP, AGSF

Michael C. Lindberg MD, FACP, AGSFMichael C. Lindberg MD, FACP, AGSF
Chief Medical Officer
Manadnock Community Hospital


Dr. Lindberg is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. He has been an active mentor and educator to medical students, residents fellows and physician assistant students for many years. He recently transitioned to a chief medical officer position in New Hampshire. In that new role he is developing a palliative medicine service and a geriatric assessment program for a critical access hospital.

Donald O. Mack MD, FAAFP, CMD, AGSF

Donald O. Mack MD, FAAFP, CMD, AGSFDonald O. Mack MD, FAAFP, CMD, AGSF
Assistant Professor Clinical, College of Medicine
Ohio State University


Dr. Mack’s clinical focus is on ambulatory geriatrics, long term care, and hospice. He teaches medical students, residents, and fellows, and serves as the advisor the OSU Geriatric Interest Group. Dr. Mack is board certified in Family Medicine, Geriatrics, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Alison A. Moore MD, MPH, FACP, AGSF

Alison A. Moore MD, MPH, FACP, AGSFAlison A. Moore MD, MPH, FACP, AGSF
Professor and Chief, Division of Geriatrics
University of California, San Diego

Alison A. Moore, MD, MPH, FACP, AGSF is The Larry L. Hillblom Chair in Geriatric Medicine and the Chief of the Division of Geriatrics at University of California, San Diego.  Prior to this she was a faculty member in the Division of Geriatrics at UCLA from 1994-2016.  She has been an AGS member since 2004 and has been a member of the Research Committee, an Associate Editor and then question writer for the Geriatrics Review Syllabus and a faculty mentor at the Annual Meeting among other activities.  Currently she is Co-Chair of the newly convened Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Use among Older Adults Special Interest Group and a new member of ADGAP.

Shirley M. Neitch MD, FACP, AGSF

Shirley M. Neitch MD, FACP, AGSFShirley M. Neitch MD, FACP, AGSF
Maier Professor of Clinical Research in Geriatrics, Chief, Internal Medicine's Section of Geriatrics
Marshall University/Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine

Dr. Shirley Neitch is the Maier Professor of Clinical Research in Geriatrics and Chief of the Department of Internal Medicine’s Section of Geriatrics at Marshall University/Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia.  A native of Marion, Virginia, she received her BS and MD degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Her Internal Medicine residency training was completed at the (then) University of Virginia affiliated program of Roanoke Memorial Hospital (now Carilion Roanoke Memorial).   She is Medical Director of the Hanshaw Geriatric Center at Marshall University.

Dr. Neitch was the 2008 winner of the Rockefeller Award from the West Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association for her commitment to the care of Alzheimer’s patients. She is also the 2010 winner of the WV Geriatric Education Center’s David Z. Morgan Award for leadership and service in Geriatrics education in the state.  Dr. Neitch was a charter member of the West Virginia Geriatrics Society, served several terms on the Board of Directors, and was President of the Society in 2011.  She is the Chairperson of West Virginia’s Improving Clinical Outcomes in Geriatrics statewide initiative, and Principle Investigator of several studies, including the newly funded “Rational Benzodiazepine Avoidance and Desprescribing Strategies”.

She is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and Alpha Omega Alpha.

Ravishankar Ramaswamy MD, AGSF

Ravishankar Ramaswamy, MD, AGSFRavishankar Ramaswamy MD, AGSF
Assistant Professor, Department of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine
Co-director, Ambulatory Care - Geriatrics Clerkship
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Dr. Ravi Ramaswamy received his medical degree from B.J. Medical College, India. He completed his Family Medicine residency at Underwood-Memorial Hospital, NJ, and his Geriatric Medicine fellowship training in the 2-year clinician educator track at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is an Assistant Professor in the departments of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine and Community Health, and Medical Education, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. His clinical work is as a primary care provider at the Martha Stewart Center for Living. His academic interests include evidence-based medicine, competency-based medical education and falls prevention in the elderly.

Dr. Ramaswamy has been integrally involved in educating learners at all levels. From 2012-16, he served as the associate director of the Geriatrics fellowship program. Currently, he is the co-director of the Ambulatory Care – Geriatrics clerkship, a mandatory 6-week rotation for 3rd year medical students. Dr. Ramaswamy is a Content Editor of POGOe, a geriatrics education portal for educators. He is also an invited tutor at the Evidence-Based Clinical Practice workshop at McMaster University, Canada annually since 2013. He has several peer-reviewed publications and has taught at national meetings. Since 2015, he has been a member of the Ethnogeriatrics and Quality & Performance Measurement committees at the American Geriatrics Society.

Amit Shah MD, FACP, AGSF

Amit Shah MD, FACP, AGSFAmit Shah MD, FACP, AGSF
Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Assistant Professor, Division of Community Internal Medicine
Mayo Clinic School of Medicine (Arizona)

Amit A. Shah, M.D., is assistant professor of medicine and is associate dean for faculty affairs at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. Prior to joining the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Shah served on the faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, where he was the clerkship director for internal medicine and worked on increasing the geriatrics content of the medical school. He was elected to the UT Southwestern Academy of Teachers and honored by medical students with a number of teaching awards during his time at UT Southwestern. Dr. Shah earned his B.S. in chemical engineering from Washington University and then studied philosophy in India for one year before going to medical school. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He subsequently completed a geriatric medicine and clinician-educator fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Shah’s clinical interests include the care of complex and frail older patients and end-of-life care, including geriatric assessment, preventative geriatrics, prognostication, palliative care and advanced care planning. Dr. Shah’s passion is medical education.  He is the founding editor-in-chief of the webGEMs (web-based Geriatrics Education Modules), a national case-based curriculum for medical, NP and PA students based on the AAMC Minimum Geriatrics Competencies for medical students which has been used by over 13,000 students logging over 52,000 case completions to date. This curriculum has now become part of the MedU consortium.

Niharika N. Suchak MBBS, MHS, FACP, AGSF

Niharika N. Suchak MBBS, MHS, FACP, AGSFNiharika N. Suchak MBBS, MHS, FACP, AGSF
Associate Professor, Department of Geriatrics
Florida State University College of Medicine


Dr. Suchak has extensive clinical and leadership experience in a multitude of healthcare environments including outpatient, hospital, nursing home, rehabilitation facility, hospice, assisted living, and house calls.  She is board certified through the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  She serves as President of the Florida Geriatrics Society and as co-chair for the AGS International Activities Special Interest Group.  In 2012, Dr. Suchak received the Clinician of the Year Award by the American Geriatrics Society. 


She has a strong interest in medical education, and interprofessional education is a major focus area for her. She is the lead faculty for the development and implementation of the MUST-SIT together© Interprofessional Education Model (Modified Use of Simulation in Teams for Students In Training together) that incorporates a simulated patient encounter with students from multiple health professions.  She regularly serves as the international coordinator and member of the organizing committee for the International Congress on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine.

Michi Yukawa MD, MPH, AGSF

Michi Yukawa MD, MPH, AGSFMichi Yukawa MD, MPH, AGSF
Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of the Community Living Center
San Francisco VA Medical Center, University of California, San Francisco


Dr. Michi Yukawa is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). She is a clinician educator who focuses on interprofessional geriatric medicine training of medical students, internal medicine residents and geriatric medicine fellows. Clinically she provides care for veterans at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC)  and administratively she is the medical director of the Community Living Center, a Skilled Nursing Facility at the SFVAMC. For the UCSF School of Medicine, she directed the geriatric medicine section of the Life Cycle course which is one of the core curriculum for the second year medical students as well as the director of the Geriatric Medicine elective for the fourth year medical students.  Dr. Yukawa was recently selected to be one of the medical student coaches in the UCSF School of Medicine Coaching Program. She will mentor and coach 5-6 medical students throughout their 4 years of medical school education. Within AGS, she serves on the Ethnogeriatrics and Education Committee. She has developed, moderated and facilitated workshops and symposiums during the annual meetings of AGS.


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