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Associate Professor - Division of Geriatric Medicine Associate Professor - Gillings School of Global Public Health

Areas of Interest

Clinical: Geriatric Medicine, Obesity, Health Promotion, Frailty
Research: Obesity and Physical Function in Older Adults; Using technology (telemedicine, remote monitoring) to enhance health in older adults


I have dedicated my professional career to caring for older adults through clinical care, research and education. Having the privilege of helping older adults maximize their physical function and quality of life through patient-centered, compassionate care motivates me in my work every day. My role as a clinician-researcher allows me to apply scientific principles of inquiry to enhance clinical care for an older adult population. Through learning and discovery of knowledge, we can maximize healthy aging by enhancing goal-directed care and healthcare delivery for older adults.

My academic work focuses on three main aspects: (a) understanding the relationships between obesity and sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass, strength and/or function with aging) and important outcomes for older adults; (b) developing multicomponent interventions (diet and exercise) to improve physical function in older adults; (c) using novel technologies (telemedicine, remote monitoring, Internet-of-Things devices) and working collaboratively with trans-disciplinary scientists (engineers, computer scientists) to improve the health and well-being of older adults.

Recognitions and Honors:

  • Chair, Research Methods Subcommittee, American Geriatrics Society, 2021-Present
  • Co-Chair, Diversity in Research Subcommittee, American Geriatrics Society, 2021-Present
  • Member, Research Committee, American Geriatrics Society, 2017-Present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2020-Present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Gerontological Medical Sciences, 2018-Present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Nutrition in Geriatrics & Gerontology, 2017-Present
  • New Hampshire’s Top Doctors – Internal Medicine, 2018-2020
  • TidesWell Leadership Development Program Scholar, American Geriatrics Society, 2019-2021
  • Top Reviewer Award – Journal of Gerontology Medical Sciences, 2018
  • Fellowship – The Obesity Society (2018), Gerontological Society of America (2018), American Geriatrics Society (2016), American College of Physicians (2011)
  • Geriatric Recognition Award – American Geriatrics Society, 2017
  • American Geriatrics Society Presidential Poster Award Winner, 2015
  • American Geriatrics Society New Investigator Award, 2014
  • Outstanding Research Award, Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Program, 2006
  • Foundation Scholar of Trinity College, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 2000
  • JW McConnell Scholarship – McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1994

Education and Training

  • UndergraduateMcGill University
  • Medical SchoolUniversity of Dublin, Trinity College
  • ResidencyMayo Clinic Rochester
  • FellowshipMayo Clinic Rochester
  • Certificate of Research in Clinical & Translation SciencesMayo Graduate School of Medical Education

Languages Spoken

Greek, French

Dr. John Batsis
  • Division of Geriatric Medicine

  • Gillings School of Global Public Health

  • Phone Number

    919-843-4096 (Office Phone)

  • Address

    5003 Old Clinic

    CB 7550

    Chapel Hill, NC 27599