Professor of Medicine
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

Professional Bio

James S. Powers, MD, is a Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine within the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Powers is author of over 75 papers, books, and book chapters he has devoted his academic career to Geriatric Nutrition, Education, and Healthcare Quality and Safety. He has mentored over 1,200 trainees while at Vanderbilt and holds Fellowship in the American College of Physicians, American College of Nutrition, American Geriatrics Society, Gerontologic Society of America, and the Royal Society of Medicine. He serves as the Associate Clinical Director for the VA Tennessee Valley Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center.

Dr. Powers received a BA cum laude from Wesleyan University, in Connecticut, and MD with Distinction in Research from the University of Rochester, New York, followed by residency in Internal Medicine at Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University Hospitals. He served in the USPHS National Health Service Corps, after which he was recruited to Vanderbilt to develop a Geriatric Medicine Program within the Division of General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Powers’ research interests include educational outcome evaluation, aging body composition, and models of geriatric care. He is PI of the Vanderbilt-Reynolds Geriatric Education Program, Co-PI of the Meharry Geriatric Education Center, and leads numerous clinical demonstration projects for the TVHS GRECC concerned with falls prevention, caregiver support, treatment of agitated dementia, and health systems improvement.


MD - University of Rochester - 1977
Internship - IM - Cleveland Clinic - 1977
Residency - Internal Medicine - Case Western Reserve - 1980