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A Message From the Chief

Dr. Jan Busby-Whitehead with Welcome text on bottom of photo

On this site, you will learn about our geriatrics clinical, research, and education programs. You’ll also find general information about our faculty and our division. Without a doubt, we are proud of the work that we do with older adults and thank you for your interest in UNC Geriatrics.

Geriatricians view patients holistically and provide primary, comprehensive care that is tailored to each patient’s needs. As a result, we focus care on functional activities of daily life. What’s more, geriatricians are general sub-specialists. Instead of focusing on one organ system, we see the integrated systems with the understanding that the brain’s workings interact with the body’s workings. Yet we are also specialists who address issues related to all the organ systems. In addition to all those things, we consider patients’ functional capabilities in their lives outside the clinic.

The Division of Geriatric Medicine trains future leaders in geriatric medicine to meet the various healthcare needs of older adults. Specifically, we provide complex comprehensive care to older patients while also shaping the next generation of geriatricians – UNC medical students, residents, and fellows. Our Geriatric Medicine Faculty are outstanding clinician-educators who serve in different capacities – program directors, clinical directors, course leaders, and research grant investigators. In addition to our work in Chapel Hill and the surrounding areas, UNC’s Center for Aging and Health leads the way in expanding geriatrics expertise throughout North Carolina’s health workforce and clinician network.

“We keep an eye on the big picture. We’re the big picture doctors.”


Dr. Jan Busby-Whitehead
Director, Center for Aging and Health | Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Mary and Thomas Hudson Distinguished Professor of Medicine