We now have an Instagram account for our Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program (@VUMCgeriatrics)! Hannah Stewart, one of our fellows, is helping us manage this account. If you have any photos or announcements to post, please send those to or Photos from clinical settings must not include patients, must include face masks, and cannot include staff without their written permission.

We will also be highlighting one faculty member each week on our Faculty Feature Friday.


Meet our Awesome 2020-2021 Geriatric Medicine Clinical Fellows!!!

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

The program, launched in March 2020, offers a systematic framework for transitioning patients to acute in-home support and has succeeded in safely freeing up hospital beds, says Tara Horr, M.D., chief medical advisor to Vanderbilt home care services. Horr says team communication has been a particularly important element.

‘“A large part of our success depends on conscientious communication between our home care staff, inpatient COVID-19 teams, our ED and community referring providers,” she said. “It is a sobering responsibility to care for acutely ill patients, particularly those with new oxygen needs, so we have to be sure all providers are on the same page.”

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, M.D., clinical director of geriatric operations at Vanderbilt University Hospital. “Integrating age-friendly principles into hospital systems is incredibly important.”

Duggan and a team of nearly 40 interdisciplinary colleagues, including Sarah Welch, D.O., instructor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt, have been implementing age-friendly initiatives on the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) unit at Vanderbilt since 2019. They are gearing up to expand the initiative throughout the health system.

Congratulations to our Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program Director, Dr. Mariu Duggan, for her recent 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

Geriatric Medicine Division Grand Rounds are held virtually, 1st Thursday monthly, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Great work from Dr. Victor Legner. Read this and go schedule your annual wellness visit!…

    Team Vanderbilt Geriatrics

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.

Team Vanderbilt Geriatrics: Walk Photos »

Open Faculty Recruitment »

Vanderbilt University -- Junior to Mid-level Physician-Scientists Faculty position in Aging Research

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center is seeking junior to mid-level physician-scientists for the Division of Geriatrics or for a joint appointment with another Division in the Department of Medicine. Expected research activities in aging would be basic or translational in nature and could involve the development and use of animal models for hypothesis testing and translational studies. Applicants should be board-certified and have substantial post-graduate training highlighted by peer-reviewed publications that demonstrate research productivity. Successful candidates would be expected to establish and maintain an independently-funded research program as well as participate in the teaching of graduate and medical students. Applications from physician-scientists with Board Certification in either Geriatric Medicine or another complementary Medicine subspecialty (which would be recruited and appointed jointly with another Division in the Department of Medicine) are encouraged.  While a Geriatric Medicine certification would help support the clinical mission of the Division of Geriatrics and allow the faculty to retain a clinical perspective to ground their research, our main goal is to recruit candidates who will work on areas of aging research that complement existing research strengths in the Department of Medicine (ranked second nationally in NIH funding). Examples are Alzheimer’s and diabetes, autophagy-proteostasis contributions to aging, immune senescence and inflammaging, Klotho biology and regulation of aging phenotypes, stem cell senescence and the secretory pathway in aging, epigenetics of aging, vascular aging, and mitochondria; these areas are not all-inclusive, but representative.  A competitive start-up package and laboratory space are available. 
Interested applicants should send a current CV to Terri L. Ray at

Lewallen Honored by Gerontological Nursing Education Organizations >>

Kanah May Lewallen, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, GNP-BC
Instructor in Nursing, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Instructor in Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging

Research work lead by Dr. Sandra Simmons on deprescribing polypharmacy in older adults was recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Eight New Endowed Chair Holders Honored >>

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

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


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.

Health equity’s role in pandemic response crucial » (12/2020)

Wilkins named CTSA co-principal investigator » 

Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance celebrates 20 years of collaboration » 

Q + A: Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI »

'All of Us' Research Program Takes Aim at Precision Population Health >>

Wilkins among Academy for Women of Achievement Honorees >>

Wilkins named Vice President for Health Equity >>

Wilkins takes key role in national ‘All of Us’ precision medicine effort >>

Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI

-Vice President for Health Equity, VUMC
-Associate Dean for Health Equity with the Vanderbilt, SOM
-Executive Director, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance
-Engagement Core Director, 'All of Us' Research Program
-Associate Director, Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
-Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine
-Center for Diabetes Translation Research Affiliate Member

Vanderbilt Geriatric Medicine, Primary Care: The Reporter »

Vanderbilt Geriatric Medicine, Primary Care Doctor Directory »

Dr. Jim Powers was recently 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)

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

Vanderbilt Cultural Series, a monthly creative performance lunch hour. All are welcome, and food and beverage is provided. If you can't make the event but would like to watch online in real-time or after the event, it will be recorded on Mediasite.


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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 Professor of Medicine,
General Internal Medicine and Public Health
VA Geriatric Research, Education & Clinical Center (GRECC)
Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program Faculty
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

James (Jim) S. Powers, MD
Director, Vanderbilt-Reynolds Geriatrics Education Center
Assoc. Director, VA Geriatric Research, Education & Clinical Center (GRECC)
Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Nursing
Vanderbilt Primary Care Village at Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging
Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program Faculty
Vanderbilt University Medical Center