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  • April 24, 2018 9:13 AM | Anonymous

    More than 380 geriatrics professionals from all disciplines, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, social workers, long-term care and managed care providers, and health care administrators participated in the 26th Annual Clinical Update in Geriatric Medicine conference held at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center Hotel April 5-7. The course attracted registrants from numerous states, including California, North Carolina, New York and Washington.

    Previously awarded the American Geriatrics Society Achievement Award for Excellence in a CME program, this

    conference continues to be a well-respected resource to educate healthcare professionals involved in the direct care of older persons by providing evidence-based solutions for common medical problems that afflict older adults daily and for which rapidly evolving research (much done in Pittsburgh) is revealing new approaches that are feasible for the real world.


    Under the leadership of course directors Shuja Hassan, MD, Judith S. Black, MD, MHA, and Neil M. Resnick, MD, who worked tirelessly with the planning committee, the course is a premier educational event in the region. The course attracts prominent international and national lecturers and nationally renowned local faculty. William Applegate, MD and Barbara Messinger-Rapport, MD comprised this year’s exceptional guest faculty.

    Nearly 40 state-of-the-art sessions taught by highly regarded clinician-educators and researchers were offered during the three-day event. Each lecture, symposium and breakout session offered participants evidence-based “pearls for practice” designed to be immediately incorporated into the realities of daily practice. 

    The conference is jointly sponsored by the Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division; UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Aging Institute; and University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences.


  • April 24, 2018 8:29 AM | Anonymous

    The Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division is proud to announce the 2018 recipient of the David C. Martin Award: Mr. Benjamin Cahill, a medical student attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. 

    Mr. Cahill was recognized at the 2018 Clinical Update in Geriatric Medicine dinner symposium, where he was presented with a certificate of excellence and honorarium. The honorarium will aid in defraying expenses to attend the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society conference, where he will present his abstract, Contact Frequency and Older Adult Participation in Cardiac Rehabilitation.

    The award was named after David C. Martin, MD, who established the first geriatrics fellowship in Pittsburgh, PA. The ultimate goal of this prestigious award is to encourage and prepare future physicians in the field of geriatric medicine.

    Since its inception, the Society is proud to have awarded over $81,000 to area medical students interested in the field of geriatric medicine.


  • April 24, 2018 7:33 AM | Anonymous

    The 2018 Geriatrics Teacher of the Year Award presentation was held prior to the dinner symposium at the 26th Annual Clinical in Geriatric Medicine conference. Jordan F. Karp, MD and Heather Sakely, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCGP were honored with a special recognition for their dedication and commitment to geriatrics education.

    Rollin Wright, MD, MS, MPH, awards chair, and Fred Rubin, MD, president, shared the podium to highlight the achievements and significant contributions each awardee has made to the education and training of learners in geriatrics and to the progress of geriatrics across the health professions. More than 65 attendees were on hand for the plaque presentation.

    Jordan F. Karp, MD received the 2018 Geriatrics Teacher of the Year Award, recognizing a physician.

    Dr. Karp has maintained a clinical practice of psychiatry since 2003, in which he focuses on the care of older adults and patients living with both psychiatric and chronic medical conditions, in particular, chronic pain.

    He has served as medical director for psychiatry at UPMC Pain Medicine at Centre Commons from 2006 to 2017, is the director of Student Mental Health Services at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, serves as medical director for the UPMC LifeSolutions Employee Assistance Program, and is a staff physician at the VA Pittsburgh Medical Center.

    He is a prominent teacher, mentor, and researcher in geriatric psychiatry and has worked to help strengthen the relationships between the educational missions of the geriatric psychiatry and geriatric medicine training programs at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has provided scholarly mentorship to 20 trainees and serves as a faculty mentor on the University of Pittsburgh NIH-funded training grant, "Clinical and Translational Research Training in Geriatric Mental Health."

    Heather A. Sakely, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP received the 2018 Healthcare Professional Geriatrics Teacher of the Year Award.

    Dr. Sakely is a leader in teaching geriatrics to both physicians and pharmacists. She directs UPMC St. Margaret's PGY2 Geriatric Pharmacy Residency program and has developed a curriculum for a geriatric pharmacy residency that includes an integrated system

    of collaborating pharmacists and doctors in inpatient, outpatient, and long-term care settings.

    Dr. Sakely is faculty in the Family Medicine Residency Program and Geriatric Fellowship at UPMC St. Margaret and adjunct instructor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Dr. Sakely complements her role as an educator with strong research experience.

    She has been principal investigator and leader of the PIVOTs research (Pharmacist-led Reduction of Drug Therapy Problems in an Interprofessional Geriatric Practice) since 2012, which has helped assess the impact of collaboration between pharmacists and doctors in nursing home, assisted living and independent living environment for seniors.

    A call for nominations for the 2019 Geriatrics Teacher of the Year award will begin in September 2018. Award eligibility, criteria and details will be available on the society website in August (www.pagswd.org).




  • November 16, 2017 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    The Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division held their annual fall program on Thursday, November 9th at the University Club in Pittsburgh.  Over 70 internists, family practitioners, geriatricians, geriatric psychiatrists, pharmacists, nurses, nursing home administrators, social workers attended the evening dinner program.

    The annual fall program, which began in 2003, has been a popular and well-respected program attracting distinguished guest speakers, comprised of both national and local faculty.  This year was no exception, as the Society welcomed Toren Finkel, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Director, Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Finkel has made seminal contributions to our understanding of aging and his lab’s research focuses on the role of cellular metabolism and oxidative stress in aging and age-related diseases.  He is the author or coauthor of more than 200 publications. According to Google Scholar, Finkel ranks as the 12th most highly cited author in aging and the 11th most cited in cardiovascular disease.

    Dr. Finkel presented, Geroscience and the Promise of Eternal Youth. The presentation focused on recent discoveries in the field of Geroscience, which aims to explain biological mechanisms of aging, and have provided insights into molecular processes that underlie biological aging and, perhaps more importantly, potential interventions to delay aging and promote healthy longevity.  Dr. Finkel shared some of these advances, along with efforts to move Geroscience from the bench to the clinic.


  • October 03, 2017 12:39 PM | Anonymous

    Eric Rodriguez, MD, University of Pittsburgh, Division of Geriatrics, has been chosen as the Caregiver Champion for the 9th annual Celebrating Senior Champions Dinner held October 19, 2017, at the Omni William Penn Hotel.

    The UPMC Senior Services Caregiver Champion award recognizes an individual who demonstrates an extraordinary ability to take on the challenging job of caregiver for a spouse, relative, or friend who lives at home or in a nursing home while remembering the importance of taking care of his own needs as well. The Caregiver Champion Award is sponsored by UPMC for Life.

    Society members previously honored at the Celebrating Senior Champions Dinner include: Grand Champions Fred Rubin, MD, in 2010, Charles F. Reynolds, III, MD, in 2015, and Neil Resnick, MD, in 2016.


  • June 30, 2017 12:40 PM | Anonymous

    The Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division welcomed over 50 attendees at the 3rd annual Controversies in Geriatric Medicine program held June 22nd at the Herberman Conference Center, Pittsburgh, PA. The program was made possible with sponsorship from: Abbott Nutrition, Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh, AHN Healthcare@Home, Gilead, Medtronic Inc., navihealth (a Cardinal Health Company), Optum, and Sanofi.

    “Who Might Benefit from TAVR for Aortic Stenosis?” presented the case of a 91-year old woman with critical aortic stenosis who is now becoming symptomatic. She has mild cognitive and functional impairments and is largely homebound, but enjoys her life and her family and is interested in continuing her present status. The presentation focused on would she be a candidate for a transaortic valve replacement (TAVR)?

    Moderator for the evening was PAGS-WD President, Fred Rubin, MD. Leading the panel discussion were Rachel Jantea, MD, geriatric medicine fellow, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Pittsburgh and John Schindler, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Cardiologist, UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute; Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

    Dr. Jantea provided an overview of the case and engaged the audience with questions for their consideration during her lecture. She also updated the audience on the outcome and status of the patient. Dr. Schindler’s presentation focused on TAVR and included an overview of the minimally invasive procedure, which repairs the aortic valve in patients with severe aortic stenosis. The treatment greatly improves the quality of life for those who suffer from aortic stenosis, which affects as many as 500,000 people in the U.S. The condition can interfere with daily activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. Previously, a patient’s only option was to have open-heart surgery to replace the aortic valve, but the procedure often was deemed too risky for elderly patients, who are most prone to the condition. In his comments, Dr. Schindler addressed that “open heart surgery is not the ideal option for every patient. TAVR provides an additional aortic valve replacement option for high-risk patients who would benefit from a less-invasive procedure.” A lively discussion from panelists and audience members concluded the presentation.


  • April 20, 2017 12:42 PM | Anonymous

    More than 350 geriatrics professionals from all disciplines, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, social workers, long-term care and managed care providers, and health care administrators participated in the 25th Annual Clinical Update in Geriatric Medicine conference held at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center Hotel April 6-9. The course attracted registrants from numerous states, including California, North Carolina, New York and Washington.

    Previously awarded the American Geriatrics Society Achievement Award for Excellence in a CME program, this conference continues to be a well-respected resource to educate healthcare professionals involved in the direct care of older persons by providing evidence-based solutions for common medical problems that afflict older adults daily and for which rapidly evolving research (much done in Pittsburgh) is revealing new approaches that are feasible for the real world.

    Under the leadership of course directors Shuja Hassan, MD, Judith S. Black, MD, MHA, and Neil M. Resnick, MD, the course is a premier educational event in the region, while attracting prominent international and national lecturers and nationally renowned local faculty. Sharon Inouye, MD, MPH; Becky Brott Powers, MD; Deborah W. Robin, MD, MHCM; Stephanie Studenski, MD, MPH; and Michael Yao, MD, CMD, comprised this year’s exceptional guest faculty.

    Nearly 40 state-of-the-art sessions taught by highly regarded clinician-educators and researchers were offered during the three-day event. Each lecture, symposium and breakout session offered participants evidence-based “pearls for practice” designed to be immediately incorporated into the realities of daily practice.

    Theresa Brown, BSN, RN, clinical nurse and author of the New York Times bestselling book, “The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives” served as guest speaker for the dinner symposium. Ms. Brown presented “Only Connect:  The Commingling of Care and Story at the End of Life,”, to an audience of more than 100 guests.   

    The conference is jointly sponsored by the Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division; UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Aging Institute; and University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences.


  • April 19, 2017 12:43 PM | Anonymous

    The Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division announced the 2017 recipient of the David C. Martin Award, Ms. Rebecca Abay, a third-year medical student attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

    Ms. Abay received an honorarium to defray the expenses of attending the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society conference, where her abstract, “Bone Microarchitecture is Preserved in Men with Prostate Cancer on Androgen Deprivation Therapy,” was selected for the Presidential Poster presentation. Abstracts receiving the highest scores through the peer review process are included in the Presidential Poster Session.

    The award was named after David C. Martin, MD, who established the first geriatrics fellowship in Pittsburgh. The goal of this prestigious award is to encourage and prepare future physicians in the field of geriatric medicine.

    Since its inception, the Society is proud to have awarded more than $80,000 to area medical students interested in the field of geriatric medicine.

    The 2017 Geriatrics Teacher of the Year Award presentation was held prior to the dinner symposium of the 25th Annual Clinical in Geriatric Medicine.   Debra K. Weiner, MD, FACP; Pamela E. Toto, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA; and Vincent M. Balestrino, MD, were honored with a special recognition for their dedication and commitment to geriatrics education.

    Rollin Wright, MD, MS, MPH, awards chair, and Fred Rubin, MD, president, shared the podium to highlight the achievements and significant contributions each awardee has made to the education and training of learners in geriatrics and to the progress of geriatrics across the health professions. More than 100 attendees were on hand for the plaque presentation.

    Dr. Weiner and Dr. Toto received the Physician and Healthcare Professional Award, respectively, and Dr. Balestrino was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

    A call for nominations for the 2018 Geriatrics Teacher of the Year award will begin in September 2017. Award eligibility, criteria  and details on the nomination process will be available on the society website in August (www.pagswd.org).


  • November 08, 2016 12:45 PM | Anonymous

    ovember 1, 2016
    The University Club, Pittsburgh, PA

    The Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division hosted their annual fall program on November 1 at the University Club in Pittsburgh.

    The society welcomed guest presenters Jack Cahalane, PhD, MPH, Chief, General Adult Service Line, Director, Telemedicine and Forensic Psychiatry Programs, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, UPMC Health System; Steven Handler, MD, PhD, CMD, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Department of Biomedical Informatics, Chief, Medical Informatics Officers, UPMC Community Provider Services; and Andrew Watson, MD, MLitt, FACS, Chief Medical Information Officer, International and Commercial Services; Medical Director, UPMC Telemedicine, Medical Director, Center for Connected Medicine.pagspanel

    Namita Ahuja, MD, Senior Medical Director, Medicare and Geriatric programs, UPMC Health Plan, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, served as moderator.

    “’Natural Evolution of Telemedicine for Care of the Elderly” was presented to a robust audience of 77 healthcare professionals. The stellar panel presentation reviewed the background and evidence for telemedicine. Discussion included an overview of new applications in telemedicine and the value and role of telemedicine as an effective tool for physicians and healthcare systems in the care of elderly patients.

    The annual fall program provides PAGS-WD members and guests the opportunity to network and attend a lecture encompassing relevant topics specific to geriatrics and the older population.


  • October 28, 2016 12:47 PM | Anonymous

    Neil Resnick, MD, was chosen as the Grand Champion for the 8th annual Celebrating Senior Champions Dinner held October 26, 2016, at the Omni William Penn. The UPMC Senior Services Grand Champion recognition is the highest honor awarded to individuals who demonstrate extraordinary leadership in an effort to improve the lives of seniors in Western Pennsylvania and beyond. Dr. Resnick currently serves as the COSAR Representative for the Society.

    In his position, Dr. Resnick leads one of the largest and most innovative geriatric programs in the country with more board-certified geriatricians than nearly any program, a wide array of senior services, and an extensive research portfolio.

    Dr. Resnick, Thomas Detre Professor and Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, also serves as Associate Director of the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of the Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatrics.

    Dr. Resnick helped to pioneer the field of geriatric voiding dysfunction and incontinence, syndromes that lead to significant disability. His research has improved the understanding of the causes of incontinence, and he has developed novel approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

    In addition, Dr. Resnick devised a nurse-administered incontinence management strategy, which is now mandated by the United States government for every nursing home resident and which has been adopted by other countries as well.

    He has contributed to the National Institutes of Health Consensus Conference on Incontinence, edited its published proceedings, chaired several national scientific meetings on aging, and served on numerous editorial boards and grant review committees. He has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization international consultations on incontinence.

    Society members previously honored as the UPMC Senior Services Grand Champion include Fred Rubin, MD (President), in 2010 and Charles F. Reynolds III, MD, (Board member) in 2015.


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The Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all older persons. It is a non-profit organization of physicians and other health care professionals committed to the provision of quality health care for older persons.


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