2021-2022 Geriatric Medicine Fellows

Graduation Congratulations!!!

2021-2022 Geriatric Medicine Fellows (photo above)
Alexandra Petrakos, MD
Rabah Alreshq, MB, BCh
Ganiat Adeogun, MBBS
Michelle Barton, MD



2022-2023 Geriatric Medicine Fellows (photo coming soon)
Gabriel Areoye, MD, MScPH
Nerissa Licup, MD
Andrew Okpe, MD, MPH
Samuel Sestito, MD

Geriatrics Medicine Fellowship Program Instagram Photos »

COVID infection rates are rising again; masking now required in all public indoor areas of VUMC »

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. They 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 them to evaluate. 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.

Geriatric Medicine Division Grand Rounds, 1st Thursday monthly, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, July - September

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2021-2022 Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals in the publication’s annual rankings of health care 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, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Pulmonary & 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

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 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

Great work Dr. Victor Legner!!!   Forging a Shield for Thousands of LTC Patients >>

Read the below-linked article and go schedule your annual wellness visit...


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 participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's 2021!
"Team Unforgettables 615" - organized by VMAC, Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer’s Center
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 »

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 Terri.Ray@VUMC.org.

New Vanderbilt Wound Center provides comprehensive, convenient treatment >>


Monica A. Stout, MD
Medical Director, Woodcrest at Blakeford
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Vanderbilt Primary Care Village at Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt Advanced Wound Care

Lewallen Honored by Gerontological Nursing Education Organizations >>


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

"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."

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

Eight New Endowed Chair Holders Honored >>

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

2022 MLK Lecture Explores Benefits of Maximizing of Diversity >>

Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI, Senior Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Health Equity and Inclusive Excellence and Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, hosted the event. “Dr. King was an iconic civil rights leader, someone whose legacy runs very deep in American history, but his vision has yet to be fully realized in our country,” she said.

2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. VUMC Panel Discussion (Video) »


NIH Grant to Address Chronic Diseases that Affect Populations with Health Disparities >>  (January 2022)

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

Wilkins Named Senior Vice President & Senior Associate Dean for Health Equity & Inclusive Excellence »

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 >>

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

Vanderbilt Geriatric Medicine, Primary Care: The Reporter »

Vanderbilt Geriatric Medicine, Primary Care Doctor Directory »

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)

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 are provided. If you can't make the event but would like to watch it online in real-time or after the event, it will be recorded on Mediasite.


Learn More / RSVP >>

  • 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