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Bringing the Latest Research into Healthcare Practice

The Division of Geriatric Medicine trains future leaders in geriatric medicine to meet the healthcare needs of America’s older adults. Our expertise in providing complex comprehensive care to older patients shapes the learning experience of UNC medical students, residents, and fellows. Through partnerships with different divisions, departments, and schools at the nation’s oldest public university, we bring the latest research into healthcare practice, improving the care of older adults.

Division of Geriatric Medicine Research Professor of Medicine Ellen Roberts, PhD, MPH, and 2020 MS4 Natalie Richmond, our Salber-Phillips Award Recipient and the American Geriatrics Society's 2020 National Geriatrics Student of the Year
Associate Professor of Medicine Ellen Roberts, PhD, MPH, and Natalie Richmond, UNC SOM Class of 2020, Salber-Phillips Award recipient and the American Geriatrics Society’s 2020 Edward Henderson Student Award recipient, a national award for dedication to issues of care related to older adults

Our Faculty are outstanding clinician-educators who serve as course leaders, program directors, clinical directors, and investigators for research grants.

Geriatric Medicine Fellows learn in a variety of clinical settings including our UNC Geriatrics clinic in Chapel Hill and our Inpatient Geriatrics service at UNC Hospitals Hillsborough Campus.

UNC’s Center for Aging and Health is a leading force in expanding geriatrics expertise in the state’s health workforce and provider network.

Adults over 85 are the fastest growing segment of the US population. In North Carolina, adults 65 and older will increase from 1.6 million to 2.6 million in the next two decades. Our goal is to leverage a new age of aging to improve care for older patients, who are rewriting medical history as they view new horizons in health and longevity.

Geriatric Medicine & Center for Aging and Health News

  • Josh Niznik, PharmD, PhD

    Niznik Receives KO8 Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award

    Joshua Niznik, PharmD, PhD, assistant professor in the division of geriatric medicine, was awarded a 5-year K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award by the NIH’s National Institute on Aging for “Deprescribing Bisphosphonates in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia.” The study seeks to evaluate the risks and benefits of deprescribing versus continuing bisphosphonates in older nursing … Continued

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    Sarcopenic Obesity Associated with Increased Risk of Impaired Cognitive Function in Older Adults

    The prevalence of obesity with sarcopenia is increasing in adults aged 65 years, and this geriatric syndrome places individuals at risk for synergistic complications. John A. Batsis, MD, associate professor in the division of geriatric medicine, led a study to investigate whether sarcopenia or sarcopenic obesity are associated with greater long-term risk of impaired cognitive … Continued

  • Josh Niznik, PharmD, PhD

    Nearly All Seniors Take Meds That Raise Their Odds of Falling

    Among older Americans, deaths from falls are up sharply, dovetailing with a surge in use of medications that increase the risk of falling, researchers say. Two decades ago, about 57% of U.S. seniors took medications that increased their risk of falls. By 2017, that number had risen to 94%, and deaths caused by falls had … Continued

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