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 2018 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.

2018 AGS Fellows

Sik Kim Ang MD, AGSF

Sik Kim Ang

Sik Kim Ang MD, AGSF
Associate Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship 
University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate

Dr. Ang is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, Palliative Care & Post- Acute Care, Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate, Springfield, Massachusetts.  Dr. Ang earned medical degree from University College Dublin, Ireland and completed his internal medicine residency at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Massachusetts.  He subsequently completed a Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, followed by Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Ang is a clinical educator; he is currently the Associate Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, Course Director for Internal Medicine Residency Program-Geriatric Track and supervisor for medical students and advanced practitioners elective in Geriatric Medicine rotation, University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate, Springfield, Massachusetts.  He is also Associate Hospice Medical Director for Baystate Home Health.  Dr. Ang is a graduate scholar of Tideswell 2016 – 2017 Emerging Leaders in Aging Program-Leading Tidal Change in Aging: Scaling Up for the Future. He is also a core faculty of the HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) Baystate Regional Geriatrics and Palliative Care Initiative - the Geri-pal TLC (Transformation through Learning and Collaboration) Project, integrating palliative care as well as geriatrics throughout the health system.

Vivian Argento MD, CMD, AGSF

Vivian Argento MD, CMD, AGSFVivian Argento MD, CMD, AGSF
Executive Director for the Geriatric and Palliative Care Service Line
Bridgeport Hospital

Dr. Argento is the Executive Director for the Geriatric and Palliative Care Service Line at Bridgeport Hospital. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and has attained fellowship status in the American Geriatrics Society. She did her medical training at MCP/Hahnemann (Drexel) University and completed residency and fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been at Bridgeport Hospital since graduation serving in the various roles in the Section of Geriatric Medcine. In 2012 she won the prestigious Magida Award presented to a physician under 40 from Fairfield County, CT who exemplifies patient care and the physician-patient relationship. Her academic interests are in the interface of Geriatrics and Palliative Care in the Emergency Department, Dementia, Advance Care Planning, and communication skills. Administratively, her current work focuses on improving systems and processes to manage complex patients in the hospital, post-acute, and community settings.

Serena Hsiou-Ling Chao MD, MSc, AGSF

Serena Chao MD, MSc, AGSF

Serena Hsiou-Ling Chao MD, MSc, AGSF
Chief of Geriatrics Division, Director House Calls Program
Cambridge Health Alliance

Serena Hsiou-Ling Chao MD, MSc attended Harvard-Radcliffe College and the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Following internal medicine residency training and chief residency at Baystate Medical Center, she completed the Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine Geriatrics Fellowship Training Program in 2004. Dr. Chao is currently Chief of the Geriatrics Division at Cambridge Health Alliance, Director of CHA’s House Calls Program, and an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. From 2009-2015, she was Director of the BMC/BUSM Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program and principal investigator of BMC’s HRSA-funded Geriatric Training Program for Physicians, Dentists, and Behavioral and Mental Health Professions (GTPD, 2010-2015) award.  She is highly regarded as an educator. She is a Geriatric Academic Career Award recipient (2007-2010).  She was one of the core faculty members who designed and implemented the BMC Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT) in Geriatrics, a case-based interactive program targeting rising chief medical and subspecialty residents that has now been replicated in at least 33 other institutions nationwide. In 2014, she served on AGS/ADGAP working groups to develop milestones and evaluation tools for the assessment of fellows’ emerging competencies in geriatric medicine.

Katya Cruz Madrid MD, AGSF

Katya Cruz Madrid, MD, AGSF

Katya Cruz Madrid MD, AGSF

Assistant Clinical Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago

Swati Gaur MD, CMD, MBA, AGSF

Swati Guar, MD, CMD, MBA, AGSFSwati Gaur MD, CMD, MBA, AGSF
Vice President Medical Affairs
Community Primary Care



Susan L. Greenspan MD, AGSF

Susan L. Greenspan, MD, AGSF

Stephen A. Hermes MD, FACP, AGSF

Stephen A. Hermes, MD, FACP, AGSF

Masaya Higuchi MD, MPH, CMD, AGSF

Masaya Higuchi, MD, MPH, CMD, AGSF

Beatriz Korc-Grodzicki MD, PhD, AGSF

Beatriz Korc-Grodzicki MD, PhD, AGSF

Beatriz Korc-Grodzicki MD, PhD, AGSF
Attending Physician
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Chandrika Kumar MD, FACP, AGSF

Chandrika Kumar, MD, FACP, AGSF

Chandrika Kumar MD, FACP
Assistant  Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics
Yale University and School of Medicine

Chandrika Kumar, MD, FACP is an Assistant  Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at Yale University and School of Medicine. She did her geriatric medicine fellowship training at Yale and  started her career as a clinician educator in 2009. As a clinician educator , Associate Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Director and Director of Resident Medical Education for the Section of Geriatrics, she developed a unique curriculum for the PGY 1 residents in which they rotate between an in-hospital geriatric rotation and a non-hospital geriatric rotation across a range of facilities. These include long term care, continuing care retirement communities and geriatric assessment centers. She also developed a geriatric evaluation instrument that implemented the milestones in assessing resident performance throughout the geriatric rotation. She has created and directs a multidisciplinary rotation for the geriatric medicine fellows where they rotate through several major disciplines at the Veterans Administration  that provide care to older adults. Since 2014, she has been involved in the medical school curriculum development and is the coleader of “ across the lifespan” which is a unique master course evolving from conception, birth, child and adolescence, middle age and senescence. Dr. Kumar is the Medical Director of the Community Living Center at the West Haven VA Medical Center where she is involved in clinical care on a daily basis.

Dr.Kumar is a recipient of the Geriatric Academic Career Award from the Department of Health and Human Resources for her work in geriatric education related to curriculum development and evaluation. She directed the interprofessional education component of the Geriatrics Workforce Enforcement Program ( GWEP) and developed an evaluation tool that evaluates the Nurse Practitioner Fellow developmental progression of geriatric competencies in the Emergency Room setting. She was selected as a leadership scholar in 2015 to the Tideswell, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs (ADGAP) Emerging Leaders in Aging Program and was part of the educational core group.

Fabián Madrigal-Leer MD, AGSF

Fabien Madrigal-Leer, MD, AGSF

Fabián Madrigal Leer MD, AGSF
Associate Professor of Medicine and Geriatrics
University of Costa Rica
Chief of Intermediate Care Unit, Nutritional Support Coordinator
National Geriatric Hospital of Costa Rica

Dr. Madrigal graduated with honors from the University of Costa Rica in Geriatrics and Gerontology in 2007, after 5 years of specialization (2 years of Internal Medicine and 3 years in Geriatrics).  He is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the General Medicine carrer and also in the postgraduate Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, University of Costa Rica . 

Dr. Madrigal has also a Master's degree in Bioethics (2011), and a Clinical Nutrition Specialty (2017).  He is a founding member of the Central American & Caribbean Asociation of Geriatrics, and an active member of the Latin American Academy of Medicine for the elderly (ALMA). He’s a current member of the National Comitee of Boiethics in the College of Phisicians of Costa Rica.

He has focused his career on the management of critical care of the elderly, in the hospital setting and clinical research. He’s also a member of the Geriatic Service in the Hospital CIMA of San José.

Jeffrey De Castro Mariano MD, AGSF

Jeffrey De Castro Mariano, MD, AGSF

Dr. Jeffrey de Castro Mariano MD, AGSF
Assistant Chief, Geriatric and Palliative Medicine Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles
Assistant Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Los Angeles Medical Center
Assistant Clinical Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Southern California Permanente Medical Group

Jeffrey de Castro Mariano MD completed his undergraduate education at UC Berkeley, medical school training at UC San Francisco and internal medicine residency at UCLA.  He subsequently completed a geriatric medicine fellowship at the UCLA-VA Multicampus program and stayed at UCLA as faculty prior to joining SCPMG (Southern California Permanente Med Group) and Kaiser Permanente.

Dr. Mariano’s clinical interests include medical and graduate medical geriatric education and curriculum development, geriatric assessments in oncology patients, systems of care with a focus on health equity and diversity and inclusion.  He is the co-chair of the AGS SIG in Ethnogeriatrics and the new chair of the SIG on Needs of Older LGBT persons.  He presented at AGS 17 on the intersection of race and ethnicity in the older LGBT adult and he actively participates in numerous local, regional and national initiatives within and outside of Kaiser’s integrated health system including transitions of care, interdisciplinary team based-care, multicultural geriatric care, clinician patient communication, and LGBT Geriatric educational initiatives.  He is excited to serve as a mentor at AGS and a clinical educator with UCLA medical students, KP Los Angeles fellows in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, and soon KP medical students with the opening of the new Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine in Pasadena, California.     

Simon C. Mears MD, PhD, AGSF

Simon C. Mears, MD, PhD, AGSF

Simon C. Mears MD, PhD, AGSF
University of Arkansas for Medical Services

Joseph O. Nnodim MD, PhD, FACP, AGSF

Joseph O. Nnodim, MD, PhD, FACP, AGSF

Joseph O. Nnodim MD, PhD, FACP, AGSF
Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Geriatric and Palliative Medicine Division
University of Michigan

Joseph O. Nnodim is a Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine at the University of Michigan. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and then pursued doctoral studies in cell biology at the University to Wales in the United Kingdom. After a decade of teaching and research in the basic sciences at the University of Benin, Nigeria, he came to the United States and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Michigan State University (Saginaw Program), followed by a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Michigan. He then joined the faculty of the University of Michigan and is also a Staff Physician at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Nnodim is board-certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Dr. Nnodim studies human gait properties, especially under conditions of threat to balance, with a view to detecting impairment at a subclinical stage. He is also interested in health disparities and programs to alleviate them. He serves on the Ethnogeriatrics Committee of the American Geriatrics Society and is the current President of Washtenaw County Medical Society.

Mary Beth O'Connell PharmD, BCPS, AGSF

Mary Beth O'Connell, PharmD, BCPS, AGSF

Mary Beth O’Connell PharmD, BCPS, FASHP, FCCP, FNAP, AGSF Professor, Pharmacy Practice Dept
Wayne State University, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Dr. O’Connell completed a BS in Pharmacy at Wayne State University and her PharmD at the University of Minnesota.   She completed a general pharmacy residency with Harper Hospital in Detroit, MI and then a fellowship in pharmacokinetics and nephrology at Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN.  

Dr. O’Connell has been actively involved with geriatric pharmacotherapy as part of interprofessional teams and teaching, first within a hospital setting and then in geriatric ambulatory clinics.   She was part of the GITT interprofessional education program and continues with scholarship of teaching and learning in this area, usually using older adults for the educational experiences.    Her major areas of teaching and research include geriatric pharmacotherapy, women’s health, osteoporosis, and cultural diversity.  She is an editor of the Women’s Health Across the Lifespan: A Pharmacotherapeutic Approach textbook.  Dr. O’Connell is the Past President of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Dr. O’Connell has been a member of The American Geriatrics Society since 1991.   She is on the editorial board for the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, is currently on the Ethnogeriatrics Committee and the liaison with the Public Health Education Committee, and has been on the Practice Management Advisory Group Committee and past delegate to the USP Convention.  She is the co-founder of the Geriatrics Practice and Research Network with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Ogugua Osi-Ogbu MD, FWACP, AGSF

Ogugua Osi-Ogbu, MD, FWACP, AGSFOgugua Osi-Ogbu MD, FWACP, AGSF

Dr. Ogugua Osi-Ogbu is a physician with diverse wealth of clinical training, practice, and notable bedside manners. She obtained her basic medical degree from the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan in 1988 and went on to commence residency training in Internal Medicine at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (1992 to 1993).  She subsequently completed residency training in Internal Medicine, and Geriatrics fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with board certification in 2004 and 2005 respectively. She is one of a handful of formally trained Geriatricians serving a nation with a population of 193 million.

Her clinical practice spans 3 countries: Nigeria, Kenya and the United States but has travelled to close to 20 countries mostly for professional activities.

 Dr. Osi-Ogbu has been: Head, Department of Internal Medicine; Deputy Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee (DCMAC), and Acting Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee (Ag.CMAC), at the National Hospital Abuja(NHA), Abuja, Nigeria.

She is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians (WACP) and currently Chief Consultant Physician and Geriatrician heading the Geriatrics and Endocrinology units of the department of Medicine NHA. She co-authored the curriculum for Geriatrics subspecialty training for the WACP, a body charged with training subspecialists in the West African sub-region.  Dr. Osi-Ogbu has attracted to the National hospital Abuja accreditation status of the WACP, for training in Geriatric Medicine subspecialty, one of only two in the country.

Dr. Osi-Ogbu has contributed immensely to the growing awareness in Nigeria of the field of Geriatrics and the wellbeing of older adults through multiple presentations made to professional and non professional bodies as well as interviews granted on radio, television and print media. Dr. Osi-Ogbu has worked closely with relevant departments of the Federal Ministry of health (FMOH) in Nigeria, on ageing issues as a resource person on many occasions. She is currently the chair of the standing medical board, established by the FMOH to address health challenges of staff of the federal civil service and government agencies as they affect service provision.

Dr. Osi-Ogbu is the interim Assistant Secretary General (West Africa) of the African society for Ageing Research and Development (ASARD) and treasurer for the Geriatrics association of Nigeria. She is also member of various local and international professional organizations: American Geriatrics Society, American College of Physicians, Medical Women’s association of Nigeria and Nigerian Medical association.

She is married and blessed with 3 children.

Manisha Parulekar MD, FACP, AGSF, CMD

Manisha Parulekar, MD, ACP, CMD, AGSF

Manisha Parulekar, MD, FACP, AGSF, CMD
Chief of Geriatrics, Geriatrics Fellowship Program Director
Hackensack University Medical Center 

Manisha Parulekar MD, FACP, AGSF, CMD, is the Chief of Geriatrics and the Program Director of the Geriatrics Fellowship Program at Hackensack University Medical Center.  Dr. Parulekar is board-certified in geriatrics, internal medicine, and palliative and hospice medicine.  In addition to her experience in geriatrics, Dr. Parulekar completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology in India.  Prior to entering her internal medicine residency, she was a research assistant at The Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University in Boston and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City.  She completed her geriatrics fellowship training at Hackensack University Medical Center and the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School (Now Rutgers).  Dr. Parulekar is on several administrative committees including the Geriatric Service Line, Trauma Service Line, Ortho Service Line, ER Service Line, falls prevention committee, and the Catheter associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) Service Line, and serves as a vice chair for the PLTAC-AMDA Care Transitions Subcommittee and a member of the Health Systems Innovation – Electronics and Technology Committee of the American Geriatrics Society.  Dr. Parulekar is currently the Principle Investigator, Accountable Health Communities Model Grant from CMS, The Assistance Track of Accountable Health, and awarded $2.57 million over 5 years period - 2017-present. She chairs the research initiatives for division of geriatrics and collaborates with trauma, orthopedics and nursing as well as Seton Hall for multidisciplinary research initiatives.

Tom Perls MD, MPH, AGSF

Thomas T. Perls, MD, MPH, AGSFTom Perls MD, MPH, AGSF
Professor of Medicine
Boston University

Dr. Perls received his Geriatrics training at both Mount Royal Hospital in Melbourne, Australia and at Harvard Medical School and he obtained his Masters degree in public health at Harvard. He is a senior physician in Geriatrics and cares for patients at Boston Medical. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, The American Geriatrics Society and the Gerontological Society of America. In 1995, he began and continues to direct the longest running and largest study of centenarians, their siblings and offspring in the world, the New England Centenarian Study. This study also includes over 500 semi-supercentenarians (ages 105-109 years) and 150 supercentenarians (ages 110-119 years). Additionally, he is Principal Investigator of the Boston center of the National Institute on Aging-funded multi-center Long Life Family Study, a longitudinal study, established in 2006, of nearly 5,000 participants belonging to ~550 families demonstrating rare clustering for survival to extreme old age. Key findings from Dr. Perls’ and his colleagues’ work include:

  • Exceptional longevity runs strongly in families
  • Among centenarians, disability is typically compressed towards at least their early-mid nineties
  • With even older ages of survival, e.g. age 105+ years, morbidity is also compressed towards the end of these exceptionally long lives
  • The genetic influence upon survival increases with older and older ages of survival beyond the nonagenarian years
  • This genetic influence probably involves many genetic variants with individually modest effects, but as a group, they have a strong effect
  • Centenarians have just as many disease-associated genetic variants as the average population (but for some rare exceptions such as apolipoprotein E-4)

Dr. Perls sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Geriatrics and the Journal of Gerontology, Medical Sciences and he is a Federal advisory board member for the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations, of the U.S. Census Bureau. He is also a vocal critic of the anti-aging industry, particularly its medical and legal misuse of growth hormone, testosterone and other drugs for “anti-aging”. He has testified before the US Congress about anti-aging quackery and is author of two educational websites, the Living to 100 life expectancy calculator (www.livingto100.com) and www.hghwatch.com. In 1999, Dr. Perls co-authored the award winning book, Living to 100, Lessons in Maximizing Your Potential At Any Age, and is now working on its sequel, Living to 110!

Margaret O. Rathier MD, AGSF

Margaret O. Rathier MD, AGSFMargaret O. Rathier MD, AGSF
Associate Professor of Medicine, Geriatric Fellowship Director
Center on Aging at UConn Health

Dr. Rathier is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Center on Aging at UConn Health and is the Geriatric fellowship director.  As a clinician-educator she enjoys teaching medical students, residents and fellows how to assess and promote the health of older patients in the hospital, office and at home.   Dr. Rathier has over 20 years of experience teaching trainees through the use of an interdisciplinary team as medical director of the Home Based Primary Care at VA Connecticut.   Her areas of expertise include fall prevention and the management of patients with cognitive impairment.  Dr. Rathier’s passion for community-based long term care for elders has been enriched by her service as chair of the Board of Directors of Connecticut Community Care.  She is also a member of GSA and the American Academy of Home Care Medicine. 

Nahid Rianon MD, DrPH, AGSF

Nahid Rianon MD, DrPH, AGSFNahid Rianon MD, DrPH, AGSF
Associate Professor
University of Texas, Houston Medical School

Stephen Ryan MD, MPH, AGSF

Stephen Ryan MD, MPH, AGSF

Stephen Ryan MD, MPH, AGSF
Sr. Medical Director for Geriatric Services, Rochester Regional Health
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Rochester

Dr. Ryan earned his medical degree from the University of Buffalo and completed Internal Medicine training at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.  He completed fellowships in Geriatric Medicine and Primary Care Research at Johns Hopkins, where he received his Masters of Public Health.  He maintains Board Certification in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Care

Dr. Ryan leads a growing division of over 50 providers who practice across the continuum from inpatient care to house calls, and from specialist consultation to primary care.  He continued to practice and teach geriatric & palliative care medicine to physicians, residents, students and nurses from the bedside and by example.  Within Rochester Regional Health, he works with community physicians to develop a working model of accountable care, building on his experience from PACE.

Dr. Ryan has lead several national and regional consensus groups toward establishing appropriate preventive and disease specific guidelines for frail and chronically ill adults as part of their discussion of overall life goals.  

The RRH Geriatrics Division provides person-centered care across five counties through collaborative team work with all our allied health professionals and para-professionals, resulting in greater completion of advance care plans and support for patient to spend their last months in a home like setting. 

Fatima Sheikh MD, MPH, CMD, AGSF

Fatima Sheikh MD, MPH, CMD, AGSF

Fatima Sheikh MD, MPH, CMD, AGSF
Assistant Professor, Geriatric Medicine Department
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Dr. Fatima Sheikh is medical director of multiple skilled nursing/long-term care facilities in Baltimore. She was trained at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Geriatrics and currently holds a part-time faculty position as assistant professor with Geriatric Medicine Department at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is also a clinician, educator, and researcher in post-acute and long-term care (LTC) settings. Dr. Sheikh is a recipient of American Geriatric Society Clinician of the Year award 2017 for her clinical work, mentorship of her inter-professional team and learners from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and efforts to improve care transitions for older adults.

As an educator, her focus is to train learners from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and other disciplines about subacute/LTC. Over the course of the last few years, she has developed formal post-acute and LTC curricula for her learners. She has a deep interest in improving healthcare for the frail and elderly population with special focus on quality of care, end-of-life care, and care transitions. Dr. Sheikh has worked with multiple hospitals in the Baltimore area to improve care transitions for older adults. She has also initiated and implemented multiple projects at her skilled nursing facilities to improve transitions to and from the hospital. Her goal is to keep these patients with high acuity medical conditions in  subacute care, to keep them in the community after their discharge, and whenever possible to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions.  In 2012, Dr. Sheikh played a key role in establishing the Johns Hopkins Community Partnership Skilled Nursing Facility Collaborative with other nursing facilities. This collaborative was one of five Johns Hopkins University community health projects funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center to improve transitional care of patients transitioning between Johns Hopkins Hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.

She has implemented numerous programs to improve quality of care at her facilities including; discharge navigator program to improve care transitions from nursing facilities to home, improved communication between providers and nurses to improve quality of care to the patients, assessment of obesity in long-term care setting and its association with increased healthcare utilization, re-hospitalizations and gaps in care transitions.

Her experience in nursing facilities has equipped her with an understanding of the regulatory environment of this setting, and appreciation of the uniqueness of this environment in respect to its patient population and prevalence of different medical conditions as compared to the hospital or community settings. Due to Dr. Sheikh’s unique position as a leader of her facilities and as an educator of learners from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and other disciplines in her nursing facilities including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and social workers alike, she hopes to influence the current and future thinking of her learners, and to help change their practices to create a better healthcare model for our geriatric population. 

Samir K. Sinha MD, DPhil, FRCPC, AGSF

Samir K. Sinha MD, DPhil, FRCPC, AGSFSamir K. Sinha MD, DPhil, FRCPC, AGSF
Director Geriatrics, Sinai Health System & University Health Network
Peter & Shelagh Godsoe Chair in Geriatrics, Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Samir Sinha is a passionate and respected advocate for the needs of older adults. Dr. Sinha currently serves as the Director of Geriatrics of the Sinai Health System and the University Health Network in Toronto and the Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Chair in Geriatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is also an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

A Rhodes Scholar, after completing his undergraduate medical studies at the University of Western Ontario, he obtained a Masters in Medical History and a Doctorate in Sociology at the University of Oxford’s Institute of Ageing. He has pursued his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto and in Geriatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Sinha's breadth of international training and expertise in health policy and the delivery of services related to the care of the elderly have made him a highly regarded expert in the care of older adults. In 2012 he was appointed by the Government of Ontario to serve as the expert lead of Ontario's Seniors Strategy and he is now working on the development of a National Seniors Strategy.  In 2014, Canada’s Maclean’s Magazine proclaimed him to be one of Canada’s 50 most influential people and its most compelling voice for the elderly.

Beyond Canada, Dr. Sinha is a Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society and a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council.  Dr. Sinha has further consulted and advised hospitals and health authorities in Britain, China, Iceland, Singapore, St. Kitts and Nevis and the United States on the implementation and administration of unique, integrated and innovative models of geriatric care that reduce disease burden, improve access and capacity and ultimately promote health.


Director, Hippocrates Scholars
Penn State University

Dr. Westcott practices clinically as a geriatric palliative care physician with a focus on post-acute care settings. She joined Penn State University (PSU) in 2014 as a core faculty member in the Center of Excellence in Palliative Medicine and spearheaded the implementation of a new Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Westcott is also now serving as Director of  Hippocrates Scholars, a cross-specialty medical education track for residents.

Dr. Westcott has completed training in the Stanford Clinical Teaching Framework, the Harvard Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP) Program, and is a two-time recipient of the Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA) from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). 

Prior to PSU and during her time at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Westcott led the effort to integrate a longitudinal Aging Theme in the Perelman School of Medicine Curriculum as well as collaborated on various interprofessional educational activities. She was recognized for excellence in teaching as a Professor Inductee into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. 

Her national committee work has been with the American Geriatric Society Education Committee as a member and Teachers Section Chair 2016-2018. In 2015 and 2018, Dr. Westcott was acknowledged via a Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Service on the Education Committee. 

Dr. Westcott recently completed a Master in Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research involves investigating innovative education models for shortened rotations, and the role of other healthcare professionals in training physicians.​​

Elizabeth Foy White-Chu MD, CWSP, AGSF

Elizabeth Foy White-Chu MD, CWSP, AGSFElizabeth Foy White-Chu MD, CWSP, AGSF
Assistant Professor, Geriatrics Medicine Fellowship Director
Oregon Health & Sciences University

E. Foy White-Chu, MD is an assistant professor at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) and serves as the geriatrics medicine fellowship director at OHSU.  She is also the medical director of the Wound Healing Program at the Portland VA Health Care System (VAPHCS).  She graduated from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - Harvard Geriatrics fellowship program in 2009. Her second year of fellowship was dedicated to chronic wound healing and clinician education. She now provides consultative care for complex wounds for veterans at VAPHCS and serves as the Chair of the Prevention of Amputations of Veterans Everywhere committee.  She is also the founder and chair of the Wound Prevention and Management special interest group of the American Geriatrics Society.  Her clinician education responsibilities include a chronic wound care curriculum for medical students, residents, and fellows.  Dr. White-Chu strives to simplify the complexity of chronic wound care for frontline providers in hopes that all patients can receive timely, appropriate treatments.



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