Welcome 2020-2021 Geriatric Medicine Clincal Fellows!!!

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

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
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 Terri.Ray@VUMC.org.

Lewallen Honored by Gerontological Nursing Education Organizations >>

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

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, 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


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.

Wilkins named CTSA co-principal investigator » 

Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance celebrates 20 years of collaboration » 

Q + A: Consuelo H. Wilkins, M.D., M.S.C.I. »

'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, M.D., M.S.C.I.

-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 »

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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  • 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, M.D., M.P.H.
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, M.D.
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

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Orthopedics; and Rheumatology.

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