News/Press Releases

AGS Honors Dr. John B. Murphy of R.I. for Pioneering Work to Build a Better Health Workforce for Us All as We Age

  • .@AmerGeriatrics honors Dr. John B. Murphy of @BrownMedicine for pioneering work to build a better health workforce for us all as we age #AGS20 #AGS21 #geriatrics #aging http://ow.ly/oKUs30qE4xs

New York (May 8, 2020)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today announced that John B. Murphy, MD, a clinician, educator, and administrator working to embed geriatrics education in the fabric of medical curricula and clinical operations will be honored with the 2020 Dennis W. Jahnigen Award celebrating work to train health professionals in the care we all need as we age. President of Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital, executive vice president of physician affairs at Lifespan and a professor of medicine and family medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, both in Rhode Island, Dr. Murphy has dedicated nearly four decades to advancing geriatrics and gerontology, helping lead innovation vital to New England and beyond. Following the cancellation of the AGS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Murphy will receive his award at the AGS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS21) in Chicago, Ill. (May 12-15).

Researching Impact of Potentially Inappropriate Medications, Lifespan Estimates on Caregiver Satisfaction, Drs. Rasheeda Hall & Kah Poh (Melissa) Loh Honored with AGS’s Arti Hurria Memorial Award

  • Researching impact of potentially inappropriate medications, lifespan estimates on caregiver satisfaction, Drs. Rasheeda Hall & Kah Poh (Melissa) Loh honored with AGS’s Arti Hurria Memorial Award#AGS20 #AGS21 #geriatrics http://ow.ly/L1WO30qE4wi

New York (May 8, 2020)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the AGS Health in Aging Foundation today conferred one of their newest honors, the Arti Hurria Memorial Award for Emerging Investigators in Internal Medicine Focused on the Care of Older Adults, on two experts:

  • Rasheeda Hall, MD, a board-certified nephrologist and assistant professor of medicine at Duke University; and
  • Kah Poh (Melissa) Loh, MBBCh, BAO, a board-certified internist, hematologist, and oncologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Following the cancellation of the AGS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting due to COVID-19, Dr. Hall and Dr. Loh both will be presented with the Arti Hurria Memorial Award for their innovative research at the AGS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS21; May 13-15 in Chicago, Ill.).

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

  • .@EllenFlaherty5, prestigious Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecturer at @AmerGeriatrics’ #AGS21, sets sight on key priority for us all as we age: Collaboration in care #geriatrics http://ow.ly/vDL130qE4uG

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

  • .@1LECOM Institute for Successful #Aging’s Dr. James Lin Named AGS #Geriatrics Clinician of the Year#AGS20 #AGS21 http://ow.ly/qfP430qE4vq

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 AGS Position Statement Addresses One of Health Care’s Most Difficult Issues: Allocating Scarce Resources in the COVID-19 Era

  • New @AmerGeriatrics position statement published today in @AGSJournal addresses one of #healthcare’s most difficult #COVID19 issues: #Aging & resource allocation #ThisIsGeriatrics #geriatrics http://ow.ly/x4em30qDKcQ

New York (May 6, 2020)—The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on societies worldwide, given the pandemic’s rapid, often deadly spread. In health care, the pandemic has raised the pressing question of how society should allocate scarce resources during a crisis. This is the question experts addressed today in a new position statement published by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (DOI: 10.1111/jgs.16537). The statement focuses primarily on whether age should be considered when making decisions to allocate scarce resources, with a related article addressing ethical considerations regarding older adults when rationing limited health care resources (DOI: 10.1111/jgs.16539).