Dr. Sloane, a family physician and geriatrician, is a nationally recognized expert in both fields. As a researcher, he was the first family physician in the country to receive an NIH research career development award (1986), and he has been continuously funded by the NIH ever since. He co-directs (with Dr. Sheryl Zimmerman) the Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC-CH, which has conducted over 50 funded studies of care issues related to older persons. He is particularly noted for his work around the management of behavioral symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease, for which he received the prestigious Pioneer Award from the US Alzheimer’s Association. An advocate for change and improvement in primary care medical practice, he founded the North Carolina Family Medicine Research Network and the North Carolina Network Consortium, which conduct research statewide under current directors Dr Katrina Donahue and Dr. Jacquie Halladay.
Dr. Sloane is also highly involved in and committed to education of professionals, paraprofessionals, and consumers, including activities that translate research findings into practice. He co-edits Essentials of Family Medicine and Primary Care Geriatrics, both of which are currently in their sixth editions, and he co-founded the Carolina Alzheimer’s Network, a program dedicated to training primary care providers in evidence-based dementia care. Four of his current projects involve translational research; topics include antibiotic stewardship in long-term care; assisting caregivers of persons with dementia in assessing and managing medical symptoms; and helping front office staff of medical practices respond to telephone calls from elderly patients; and training nursing assistants to provide better oral hygiene care.
Areas of Interest
Dr. Sloane’s research interests include institutional and community-based long-term care, management of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, medical care of older persons, medical symptoms, and translational research.