Geriatric Medicine News and Events
Congratulations to Vanderbilt’s geriatric pharmacist, Dr. Kristina Niehoff, PharmD, who was recently awarded the Next Gen-Rx Award by the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, an association devoted to optimal medication management and improved health outcomes for all older adults.
The Next Gen-Rx Award recognizes the nation’s top early-career geriatric pharmacist. At this meeting, Dr. Niehoff was also honored with fellowship status (FASCP). Dr. Niehoff’s clinical practice focuses on Vanderbilt University Hospital’s Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit, where she performs medication reconciliations on admission and discharge, rounds daily with the geriatric interdisciplinary team, reviews inpatient medication orders, assesses for deprescribing opportunities, and educates patients and families on their medications at discharge. Additionally, she teaches medical students in the Integrated Science Course: Healthy Aging & Quality Dying, medicine residents and students who rotate on the ACE Unit, and pharmacy students and residents in clinical settings.
Team Vanderbilt Geriatrics
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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.
Kanah May Lewallen, D.N.P., A.G.P.C.N.P.-B.C., G.N.P.-B.C.
Instructor in Nursing, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Instructor in Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging
Sandra F. Simmons, Ph.D., M.A.
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
-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
James Powers, M.D., 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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