Award Winning and Highly Rated

Patients rate UNC’s Geriatrics Speciality Clinic highly because we offer:

Our Geriatrics Specialty Clinic is conveniently located at I-40 and Highway 54.
Our Geriatrics Specialty Clinic is conveniently located at I-40 and Highway 54. Click here to see our location on Google maps.

  • providers who are experts in aging health, including a neurologist, pharmacist, psychiatrist, and nurse practitioners with Geriatrics training and expertise
  • a range of services in one location, from primary to specialty care and consultative services
  • a Geriatrics social worker to help with counseling and with referrals to community and healthcare resources
  • a PharmD (pharmacist) to provide consultation on medicine management
  • lab work and x-rays located conveniently onsite

But, most importantly, our physicians approach complex care from the simple principle of learning what matters most to their patients. At the heart of our clinical care are Geriatricians who incorporate best practices of Geriatrics and the latest research on treatment and medications into care plans that are guided by patient goals.

We Understand Aging 

We work with both patients and families to manage ongoing medical problems, guide transitions from one level of care to another, and coordinate treatment with outside specialists. The Geriatrics Specialty Clinic typically sees patients who are 65 and older. However patients under 65 can be seen if they’re experiencing age-related issues such as dementia, falls, incontinence, or other geriatric syndromes.

Through careful listening, thorough assessments, and timely followup, our providers can help with:

Five straight years of UNC Health Care awards for patient ratings and clinical excellence.
Five straight years of UNC Health Care awards for patient ratings and clinical excellence

  • Bladder and bowel control
  • Depression
  • Falls risk and falls prevention
  • Gait and walking issues
  • Prescription medication management and “de-prescribing” guidance
  • Memory issues and dementia
  • Osteoporosis and bone health
  • Transitions of care, and more

Geriatric medicine is a team environment. Together, our nurses, staff, and physicians help patients and families manage complexity, plan for the future, and create a continuum of care that meets patient needs.

Convenient Location with Easy Parking

Our Geriatrics Specialty Clinic is located at 6011 Farrington Road in Carolina Pointe II, at the 273 exit of I-40 and NC 54. We’re about 3 miles from downtown Chapel Hill and 9 miles from downtown Durham.

Here’s our location on Google maps. Directions to our clinic in English and Spanish are below.

Our Geriatrics Specialty Clinic is conveniently located at I-40 and Highway 54.

Clinic Location Mailing Address
Building 100, Suite 101
6011 Farrington Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
984-974-6599
Geriatrics Specialty Clinic
c/o Center for Aging and Health
5003 Old Clinic Building, CB # 7550
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7550

 

 

Geriatrics Specialty Clinic is located in Chapel Hill at I-40 and Highway 54.
Geriatrics Specialty Clinic is located in Chapel Hill at I-40 and Highway 54. 

Driving Directions to 6011 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill

From the west (Greensboro / Mebane), take I-40 East towards Durham / Chapel Hill.

  • Take exit 273 at NC 54 and exit right onto 54.
  • Turn left onto Farrington Road at the next traffic light.
  • Pass the Shell gas station entrance and turn left into the next entrance at Carolina Pointe II.
  • Our UNC Geriatrics Clinic is straight ahead in a three-story brick building.

From the east (Raleigh), take I-40 West towards Durham / Chapel-Hill.

  • Take exit 273A and merge onto NC 54, crossing I-40 and merging into center lane.
  • Turn left at the 2nd traffic light onto Farrington Road.
  • Pass the Shell gas station entrance and turn left into the next entrance at Carolina Pointe II.
  • Our UNC Geriatrics Clinic is straight ahead in a three-story brick building.

From the south (Pittsboro), take 501 N to NC 54 East towards Durham and exit 273 at I-40.

  • Approximately a quarter mile before I-40, pass the Falconbridge Center on the right. Prepare to turn right at the next traffic light at NC 54 and Farrington Road.
  • Turn right onto Farrington Road.
  • Pass the Shell gas station entrance and turn left into the next entrance at Carolina Pointe II.
  • Our UNC Geriatrics Clinic is straight ahead in a three-story brick building.

From the north (Durham, Roxboro), take the most convenient road or highway towards Chapel Hill and exit 273 at I-40.

  • At the 273 exit, take NC 54 West towards Chapel Hill.
  • At the traffic light, take a left onto Farrington Road.
  • Pass the Shell gas station entrance and turn left into the next entrance at Carolina Pointe II.
  • Our UNC Geriatrics Clinic is straight ahead in a three-story brick building.

Driving Directions in Spanish to 6011 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill

UNC Centro Medico Especialidad Geriatrica esta localizada entre Chapel Hill y Durham en 6011 Farrington Road en Carolina Point II. Llama a 984-974-6599 para hacer una cita, cambia una cita, o si vas a llegar tarde por una cita. Haz un click acqui para ver nuestro localizaccion en Google maps.

Desde del oeste (Greensboro, Mebane), tome la I-40 East hacia Durham / Chapel Hill.

  • Toma la salida/exit 273 en la NC 54, salga hacia la derecha en  54.
  • En el siguiente semafaro, gira a la izquierda en Farrington Rd.
  • Pasa la Shell gasolinera y gira a la izquierda en la siguiente entrada a Carolina Pointe II.
  • Nuestra clinica geriatrica esta justo enfrente en un edificio de ladrillo de tres pisos.

Desde del este (Raleigh), tome la I-40 West hacia Durham / Chapel Hill.

  • Tome exit 273A, e incorporese en la NC 54. Cruzaando la I-40 y quedese en el carril central.
  • En la segunda semaforo gira a la izquierda  en Farrington Road.
  • Pasa la Shell gasolinera y gira a la izquierda en la siguiente entrada a Carolina Pointe II.
  • Nuestra clinica geriatrica esta justo enfrente en un edificio de ladrillo de tres pisos.

Desede el sur (Pittsboro), tome 501 N a NC 54 East hacia Durham y exit 273 a Ia I-40.

  • En aproximadamenta un quarto de milla antes la I 40, pasa Falconbridge Center a la derecha. Preparerse para girar a la derecha en el sigiente semaforo en la NC54 y Farrrington Rd.
  • Gira a la derecha en Farrington Road. Pasa la Shell gasolinera y gira a la izquierda.
  • Nuestra Geriatrics Clinica esta el frente en un edificio de ladrillos de tres pisos.

Desede el norte (Durham, Roxboro), llegar a exit 273 at I-40.

  • En la exit 273, gira NC 54 West hacia Chapel Hill.
  • En la semaforo, gira a la izquierda en Farrington Road.
  • Pasa la Shell gasolinera y gira a la izquierda en la siguiente entrada a Carolina Pointe II.
  • Nuestra Geriatrics Clinica esta el frente en un edificio de ladrillos de tres pisos.

Clinic Appointments

The Geriatrics Specialty Clinic typically sees patients who are 65 and older, however patients under 65 can be seen if they’re experiencing age-related issues such as dementia, falls, incontinence, or other geriatric syndromes.

Referrals from a primary health care provider or a specialist are helpful but are not required to make an appointment.

Some of the smiling faces who staff our Geriatrics Specialty Clinic
Some of the smiling faces who staff our Geriatrics Specialty Clinic

We can generally see new patients within one to two weeks. If you need an appointment immediately, we often have same-day availability with different providers or with one of our Geriatric Nurse Practitioners.

For appointments call 984-974-6599.
Our fax is 919-957-6851.

Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. 

If you are new to UNC Health Care, please download our new patient and medical authorization forms by clicking on the following links. Print and fill out these forms and bring them to your first appointment.

New Patient Questionnaire
Medical Authorization and Release

Please bring your insurance card(s) and all medications to your appointments.

Geriatricians: Primary + Specialist Care and More    

Geriatricians are board-certified in internal or family medicine, so they bring a foundation of primary care expertise to their specialist’s knowledge of aging health issues. A Geriatrician spends additional time training (from 1 to 3 years) as a Geriatric Medicine Fellow to pass exams for board certification in Geriatrics.

The Geriatrics Specialty Clinic’s medical team begins with our core physicians, but also includes a Geriatrics clinical pharmacist and social worker, as well as a neurologist and psychiatrist with Geriatrics training and expertise. Our physicians are members of the UNC School of Medicine Faculty. They train medical students and Geriatric Medicine Fellows in Chapel Hill and in provider networks throughout the state. Their networks of multidisciplinary experts continuously broaden their knowledge of new research, effective treatments, and standards of care that are relevant to an aging population.

Providers and Clinic Staff

Our care managers will work with you to find the physician who best meets your needs. Please see the links below to learn more about our providers, including background, training, and clinical interests.

Stephen Kizer, MD
Medical Director, Geriatrics Specialty Clinic
Vice Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Dr. Jan Busby-Whitehead Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD
Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Director, Center for Aging and Health
Ben Blomberg, MD Ben Blomberg, MD
Jena Ivey Burkhart, PharmD, BCPS, CPP
Pharmacist with Geriatrics expertise
Maureen Dale Maureen Dale, MD
Inpatient Service Leader, UNC Hospitals Hillsborough Campus
Associate Director; Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program
Margaret Drickamer, MD Margaret Drickamer, MD
Medical Director, UNC Home Hospice & SECU Jim and Betsy Bryan Hospice Home; Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Director
Ana Felix, MD, MBBCH
Neurologist with Geriatrics expertise
Meredith Gilliam, MD, MPH
Assistant Medical Director, Geriatrics Specialty Clinic; Bone Health Clinic Director
Dr. Rachelle Hamadi 2019-2020 Geriatrics Fellows at UNC-Chapel Hill Rachelle Hamadi, MD
Dr. Lauren Hartman 2019-2020 Geriatrics Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill Lauren Hartman, MD
Claire Kathryn Larson, MD Claire Kathryn Larson, MD
Julia O. Lunsford, MD
Psychiatrist with Geriatrics expertise
Serana Markham, ANP, Geriatrics Specialty Clinic Serana Markham, ANP
Adult Nurse Practitioner
J. Marvin McBride, MD, MBA
Elizabeth Prata, FNP
Family Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Casey Rust UNC Geriatrics Fellow 2019-2020 Casey Rust, MD
Roseanne Tiller, MD
Juneve Toche, MD Junève Toche, MD
Gregg A. Warshaw, MD
Lindsay Wilson, MD, MPH
Bryan Godfrey
Social Worker with expertise in Geriatrics and community resources

 


Understanding Geriatric Medicine

Geriatric Medicine is a specialty that focuses on medical issues and diseases of aging. A Geriatrician most often treats people over the age of 65 who may be healthy, or, who may have multiple medical issues. Though each person ages in their own unique way, medical care predictably becomes more complex with age. A Geriatrician is an expert in how medical conditions impact one another, in how each medication interacts with others, and how medical conditions and medications affect older adults. Geriatricians are certified in internal medicine or in family medicine, so they bring a foundation of primary care expertise to their specific qualification in Geriatrics.

Benefits of Geriatric Medicine

Geriatricians provide complex comprehensive care that is focused on the functional activities of daily living. As primary care doctors who are aging specialists, Geriatricians:

  • provide care that is informed by the latest research on conditions of aging
  • take a holistic view of the patient that is grounded in an understanding of how brain function interacts with physical function
  • pay attention to the patient’s life outside the clinic and their daily needs, activities, and abilities
  • manage patient care and work with families and outside specialists to coordinate care
  • help patients plan for a continuum of care and anticipate future health needs

Division Chief Jan Busby-Whitehead and Geriatric NP John Gotelli with residents at the Geriatric Inpatient service at Hillsborough Hospital.
Division Chief Dr. Jan Busby-Whitehead and Geriatrics Nurse Practitioner John Gotelli with Residents at the Inpatient Geriatrics Service at Hillsborough Hospital

Physicians in the Division of Geriatric Medicine are actively training physicians, fellows, and residents to respond more effectively to the needs of older adults, no matter where they receive care within the UNC system. We have board certified Geriatricians in family medicine, oncology, palliative care, social medicine, neurology, pharmacology, and emergency medicine.

Understanding Patient Goals

Our mission is to keep patients healthy, active, independent and maintaining their highest quality of life. We see older adults who are healthy and looking to maximize functionality and independence by working with experts in healthy aging. We also see patients with multiple complex chronic conditions who need their doctor to help manage a diverse array of symptoms, illnesses, and issues. Every person ages differently and has their own individualized goals for care.

Geriatric medicine is grounded in understanding patient priorities, values, and goals. What matters most to you? Our Geriatricians want to know.