2022-2023 Geriatric Medicine Fellows

2022-2023 Geriatric Medicine Fellows
Nerissa Licup, MD
Andrew Okpe, MD, MPH
Samuel Sestito, MD
Gabriel Areoye, MD, MScPH

Our Geriatric Fellow's Profiles »

Vanderbilt Inpatient Geriatrics Consult Service

This Consult service is an attending-and fellow-staffed service that is available 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are happy to see any patients 65 years and above with a geriatric syndrome or geriatrics-related question.  If you think your patient may qualify for a geriatric consult but aren’t sure, please page us for an evaluation. The pager is 615-831-4002 and listed in Synergy as Geriatrics Inpatient Consult.

Feel free to email Kimberly Beiting, MD with any additional questions or feedback: Kimberly.Beiting@VUMC.org.

Congratulations Dr. Beiting on your most recent publication: 
Targeted virtual opioid overdose education and naloxone distribution in overdose hotspots for older adults during COVID. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Geriatric Medicine Division Grand Rounds, Virtually, 1st / 3rd Thursday, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, September - May

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-2023 Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals in the publication’s annual rankings of healthcare facilities. VUMC is the only health system in the Southeast to be named to this year’s Honor Roll. 

VUMC was named the No. 1 hospital in Tennessee and No. 1 in the Metro Nashville area and achieved nine, data-driven nationally ranked specialties: Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pulmonology and Lung Surgery and Urology.


Contribute to our Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program (@VUMCgeriatrics) Instagram Account
If you have any photos or announcements to post, please send those to mariu.duggan@vumc.org and/or terri.ray@vumc.org. Photos from clinical settings must not include patients, must include face masks, and cannot include staff without their written permission.


‘Think Deeply:’ What Matters To You? Dare To Have Tough Conversations - Vanderbilt Discover

‘Think Deeply:’ What Matters To You? Dare To Have Tough Conversations

Congratulations to our Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program Director, Dr. Mariu Duggan, for her publication on developing GERI-A-FLOAT (GERIAtric Fellows Learning Online And Together), a national, online platform for fellow learning and support.

Current GERI-A-FLOAT Sessions »

GERI-A-FLOAT Connects Geriatricians at a Historic Moment - Vanderbilt Discover


The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®, the world’s largest event to raise awareness
and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.

Division of Geriatrics members participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer's
"Team Unforgettables 615" - organized by the Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer’s Center.
Our division 2022 walk contact: Clinical Fellow, Dr. Samuel Sestito. Thank you Sam!!!

2022 Team Photo at https://twitter.com/VUMCgeriatrics/status/1588602408418299904/photo/1

2021 Team Photo at https://twitter.com/VUMCgeriatrics/status/1458069250355052550?s=20 

Prior participation: "Team Vanderbilt Geriatrics" - organized by the Division of Geriatrics

Team Vanderbilt Geriatrics: Walk Photos »

Division of Geriatric Medicine Faculty Recruitment - Join Us »

Tara B. Horr, MD

Tara B. Horr, MD
Director, Vanderbilt Home-based Hospice and Palliative Care

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Chief Medical Advisor, Vanderbilt Home Care Services
Outpatient Clinical Service Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Supervising Physician, Richland Place
Founding Medical Director, Vanderbilt Hospital at Home
Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program Faculty

VUMC Reporter, Tara Horr Archives >>

Promoting Home Recovery From COVID-19 to Ease Hospital Burdens - Vanderbilt Discover

Coordinated Care Network Ensures COVID-positive Patient Makes Recovery - VUMC Reporter

Fewer Black, Hispanic and Asian patients meet biomarker qualifications for landmark treatments that may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by targeting amyloid plaques, according to new findings published in JAMA Neurology »

Martin Luther King Jr. Day to become official VUMC holiday in 2023 »

Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI

Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI

Senior Vice President and Senior Associate Dean  
    for Health Equity and Inclusive Excellence 
Associate Director, Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program Faculty
Engagement Core Director, All of Us Research Program

H Grant to Address Chronic Diseases that Affect Populations with Health Disparities >>

VUMC Geriatric Medicine’s Wilkins Lands Major National Award for Women Physicians >> 

Wilkins Outlines COVID-19 Health Equity Lessons to U.S. Senate »

Alzheimer’s Study Focuses on Racial, Ethnic Minorities »

Vanderbilt News, Consuelo Wilkins Archives >>

VUMC Reporter, Consuelo Wilkins Archives >>

Strategy Share 2022: Journey to Age Friendly Care with Dr. Mariu Duggan and Mathis Christina

Making Health Systems Age-friendly - Vanderbilt Discover

“For older adults, who make up a third of hospitalized patients, the hospital system itself can actually harm them,” said Maria Duggan, MD, MPH, clinical director of geriatric operations at Vanderbilt University Hospital. “Integrating age-friendly principles into hospital systems is incredibly important.”


Systems-wide updates aid in implementation of the 4Ms, a framework for providing high-quality
care for older patients >>

First adopted within Vanderbilt’s Acute Care for Elders Unit in 2019, the 4Ms framework is also now a key component of care within Adult Acute Medicine.
This initial expansion was supported by an award from the West End Home Foundation and is part of larger plans to incorporate the care model throughout the Vanderbilt Health System.

Creation of an Operational Dashboard to Document Implementation of 4M’s into Primary Care in a Geriatric Patient-Centered Medical Home »

Two of our very own VUMC geriatricians have been named 2022 Top Geriatric Medicine Doctors! Congratulations! Dr. Victor J. Legner and Dr. James S. Powers!

"Our program was recently awarded a highly competitive Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program grant from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) led by Dr. Jim Powers and Dr. Sandra Simmons."

Sandra F. Simmons, PhD, MA
Sandra F. Simmons, PhD, MA
Paul V. Hamilton Chair in Geriatrics and Aging Research

Director, Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging
Deputy Assistant Director, VA Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Professor, College of Arts and Science, Department of Psychology


Mindfully “Passing the Rx Baton” After Acute Care >>

Vanderbilt News, Sandra Simmons Archives >>

VUMC Reporter, Sandra Simmons Archives >>

Kudos to Dr. Jim Powers who was featured for his work on the age-friendly practice at the Tennessee Valley Health system GeriPACT clinic

Local Spotlight on the Tennessee Valley GRECC (VISN 9, TVHS)

Vanderbilt News, James Powers Archives >>

VUMC Reporter, James Powers Archives >>

James Powers, MD, Former Program Director - Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program, performs monthly during the Vanderbilt Cultural Series.

Vanderbilt’s Cultural Series is an event held every month for Vanderbilt medical faculty, residents, students, and guests to showcase their unique talents. This includes music, poetry, prose, dance, art, and other works. Everyone is welcome to participate or simply come and enjoy the performances! 

December Cultural Series: Thursday, December (day: TBA), 2022 - 12:00-1:00 PM - Light Hall 214
Lunch will be provided! 

SIGN UP HERE if you would like to showcase your talents.


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  • With over $23 million in grant funding, our research portfolio continues to grow.
  • Our clinical footprint in Nashville is expanding as we form new partnerships with multiple NHC skilled nursing and continuing care facilities in the Nashville area.

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To our Geriatric Medicine Faculty, We are proud to have you represent Vanderbilt as you serve your patients, colleagues, and communities.


Harvey J. Murff, MD, MPH
Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Associate Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine, General Internal Medicine & Public Health
Tennessee Valley VA Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center

James (Jim) S. Powers, MD
Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Chief of Geriatrics, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System - Nashville Campus
Associate Clinical Director, VA Geriatric Research, Education & Clinical Center (GRECC)
Co-PI, Middle TN Collaborative Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)
Adjunct Professor of Nursing, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Vanderbilt Primary Care Village at Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging
Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program Faculty