AGS Welcomes 18 New Fellows Recognized for Exceptional Commitment to Geriatrics

New York (June 3, 2020)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today honored 18 leading health professionals who joined the newest class of AGS Fellows—a select group of experts recognized for their deep commitment to the AGS and to advancing high-quality, person-centered care for us all as we age.

This year’s fellows hail from all four corners of the country and reflect the increasingly interprofessional nature of geriatrics as a field attracting doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, social workers, and many others. They include:

  • Lilianna C. Andrade, MD, AGSF: Texas Tech University Health Science Center
  • Wynnelena C. Canio, MD, AGSF: Kaiser Permanente
  • Mieke Deschodt, RN, MSc, PhD, FEANS, AGSF: University of Basel
  • Deanna C. Fernandes, PharmD, VHA-CM, AGSF: Veterans Affairs
  • Anupama Gangavati, MD, AGSF: University of Texas—Southwestern Medical Center
  • Lauren Jan Gleason, MD, MPH, AGSF: University of Chicago
  • Mona Gupta, MD, AGSF: Case Western Reserve University; University Hospital Cleveland Medical Center
  • Todd C. James, MD, AGSF: University of California, San Francisco
  • Daniel Z. Mansour, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP, AGSF: University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
  • Abisola B. Mesioye (nee Famakinwa), MD, CMD, AGSF: Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System; University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Michael J. Mintzer, MD, AGSF: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Florida International University, Herbert Werthhemim College of Medicine
  • Rasha Nakhleh, MD, AGSF: Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU); OHSU Tuality Healthcare
  • Kobi T. Nathan, PharmD, MEd, BCGP, AGSF: St. John Fisher College
  • Wayne S. Saltsman, MD, PhD, AGSF: Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Michael A. Silverman, MD, AGSF: Veterans Affairs
  • Rebecca J. Stetzer, MD, AGSF: Landmark Health
  • Erika E. Tung, MD, MPH, AGSF: Mayo Clinic Rochester Fellowship Program
  • Kamal C. Wagle, MD, MPH, CMD, AGSF: Indiana University

Each year, a host of highly qualified AGS members earn fellowship status following a rigorous application process, which includes assessments of everything from continuing education to public service and geriatrics scholarship. Applications are accepted twice yearly, with more information available at

About the American Geriatrics Society

Founded in 1942, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics healthcare professionals that has—for more than 75 years—worked to improve the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. Its nearly 6,000 members include geriatricians, advanced practice nurses, social workers, family practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and internists. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy. For more information, visit