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AGS Honors Expert & Emerging Geriatrics Leaders of 2020

New York (May 8, 2020)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) annually honors researchers, clinicians, educators, and emerging health professionals who have made outstanding contributions to high-quality, person-centered care for older people. This year’s award recipients include more than 20 leaders representing the breadth of disciplines championing care for us all as we age. 

Following the cancellation of the AGS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AGS announced that awardees would be honored at the AGS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting, May 13-15 (pre-conference program on May 12), in Chicago, Ill.

Arti Hurria Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators in Internal Medicine Who are Focused on the Care of Older Adults

Dr. Ellen Flaherty, Prestigious Henderson Lecturer at #AGS21, Sets Sight on Key Priority for Us All as We Age: Collaborative Care

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New York (May 8, 2020)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today announced that Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF, an assistant professor at the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine and director of the Dartmouth Centers for Health & Aging, will deliver the society’s prestigious Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture. Following the cancellation of the AGS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AGS announced that Dr. Flaherty would deliver her talk, Leveraging the Potential of Interprofessional Teams in Primary Care Practice, at the AGS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS21) in Chicago, Ill. (May 12-15, 2021).

“Across her career, Dr. Flaherty has established herself not only as a champion for geriatrics but also for the diverse roles that all health professionals play in coordinated care,” said Sunny Linnebur, PharmD, FCCP, FASCP, BCPS, BCGP, AGS board chair. “Ellen is a model AGS leader— passionate, thoughtful, and funny—and her lecture is sure to help us model the way toward a bright future for geriatrics.”

LECOM Institute for Successful Aging’s Dr. James Lin Named AGS Geriatrics Clinician of the Year

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New York (May 8, 2020)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today named James Lin, DO, MS, MHSA, president of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Institute for Successful Aging in Erie, Pa., its 2020 Clinician of the Year. Lin will be honored at the AGS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS21), May 13-15, 2021, in Chicago, Ill., following the cancellation of the AGS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting due to COVID-19.

“Dr. Lin’s drive to enhance geriatrics stems from something deeply personal: Witnessing the marginalization of older adults while caring for his own father,” noted Sunny Linnebur, PharmD, FCCP, FASCP, BCPS, BCGP, AGS board chair.  “Wanting better—and knowing it was possible—launched more than just a career as an expert clinician; it launched a commitment to modeling the way for others, which is well worth this high recognition.”

Lin’s current role at LECOM’s Institute for Successful Aging traces its roots to his own influence on the institution. Noting Lin’s vision for education and improved geriatric care, LECOM leadership empowered Lin to develop a program that could not only accelerate better care but also serve as a guide for others in the field.

New Issue of JAGS Highlights Award-Winning Research at Crossroads of Geriatrics, Urology, Palliative Care, Oncology

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New York (May 8, 2020)—Advancing care for older people across health specialties, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the AGS Health in Aging Foundation today announced that two expert researchers—Kavita Dharmarajan, MD, MSc, an assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in N.Y.; and Nazema Siddiqui, MD, MHSc, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.—will receive the 2020 Jeffrey H. Silverstein Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators in the Surgical and Related Medical Specialties. Originally slated for presentation at the AGS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting—now cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic—the awards will be presented to Dr. Dharmarajan and Dr. Siddiqui at the AGS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS21) in Chicago, Ill. (May 12-15, 2021).

At #AGS21, UCSF Expert Will Offer “Confessions of Unfocused Researcher” on Road to Better Care as We Age

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New York (May 8, 2020)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and AGS Health in Aging Foundation today announced that Alexander K. Smith, MD, MPH, an associate professor of medicine at UCSF and one of geriatrics’ most influential rising researchers and advocates, will be honored with the 2020/2021 Thomas and Catherine Yoshikawa Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Clinical Investigation. Following the cancellation of the AGS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting due to COVID-19, the AGS shared that Dr. Smith would deliver his marquee presentation, “Confessions of an unfocused researcher,” at the AGS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS21) in Chicago, Ill. (May 13-15; pre-conference day: May 12).

“Research is the power pushing geriatrics expertise forward, and we need to chart as broad a course as possible, since age affects all aspects of life”, said Sunny Linnebur, PharmD, FCCP, FASCP, BCPS, BCGP, AGS board chair. “Dr. Smith’s career is a prime example of casting as wide a net as possible to yield promising approaches to the challenges we know, the opportunities we don’t, and the work that can yield solutions for both.”