Geriatrics can be a challenging field at times, but these professors and administrators are up for whatever task presents itself. They are true professionals with dedication that shines through.

Jeffrey B. Halter University of Michigan Geriatrics Center Award Won: Nascher/Manning Award for Lifetime Achievement Awarded By: American Geriatrics Society
Jeffrey B. Halter, Professor and Director of the University of Michigan’s Geriatrics Center, has dedicated his career to improving the health of older adults. Dr. Halter has focused much of his research on the effects and causes of Diabetes in the elderly. His work led him to be a recipient of the coveted Nascher/Manning Award from the American Geriatrics Society. In addition to specializing in Geriatric Medicine, this well-rounded professor as has certification in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Annette Medina-Walpole University of Rochester Medical Center Award Won: Physician Mentor Recognition Award Awarded By: American Medical Association Women Physician's Congress
University of Rochester Geriatrics Professor Annette Medina-Walpole’s teaching efforts don’t end with her Geriatric Medicine students. She also dedicates considerable time and effort to training non-geriatrician hospital workers—teaching these professionals how to best work with elderly patients. These important efforts contributed to the fact that Medina-Walpole, who also serves on the American Geriatrics Society board of directors, recently received the American Medical Association Women Physician's Congress’ Physician Mentor Recognition Award.
Arif Nazir Indiana University School of Medicine Award Won: John A. Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence Scholar, in Geriatric Medicine and Training National Program Award Awarded By: American Federation for Aging Research
Compassion and empathy for the elderly is an integral part of Professor Arif Nazir’s work. As an assistant professor of Geriatrics at Indiana University’s prestigious medical school, Nazir has focused much of his research on improving care of dementia patients in nursing homes. Likewise, as the researcher and author of numerous published studies, Nazir has paid particular attention to improving the ways in which nursing home care is monitored. The American Federation for Aging Research recently recognized many of these efforts by awarding him as a John A. Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence Scholar in Geriatric Medicine.
Rebecca Sudore University of California, San Francisco Department of Medicine Award Won: Junior Investigator of the Year Awarded By: Society of General Internal Medicine
Working with various vulnerable populations such as the homeless, veterans, and dementia patients inspired University of California, San Francisco Associate Professor in Residence Rebecca Sudore to become an advocate for tailoring health care to the requirements of those who may not be able to articulate those needs themselves. In her work, which has already led to a Junior Investigator of the Year award, Sudore teaches others how to best help these patients get the quality of care they need.
Niharika Suchak Florida State University College of Medicine Award Won: Clinician of the Year Awarded By: American Geriatrics Society
Named 2012 Clinician of the Year by the American Geriatrics Society, Florida State University College of Medicine Associate Professor Niharika Suchak is truly a leader in her field. Suchak is a strong believer in the idea that all medical students, not just those specializing in geriatrics, should know how to properly care for the needs of elderly patients. Through her work as an educator, she strives to teach the nation’s future health care professionals how to better serve this often neglected population.
Jennifer Brach University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Award Won: Presidential Poster Award Awarded By: American Geriatrics Society
Keeping the elderly active and mobile—and thereby more independent—is an important part of the research and work conducted by University of Pittsburgh Associate Professor Jennifer Brach. This recent winner of the American Geriatrics Society Presidential Poster Award helps teach her students how to inspire the elderly to better care for their bodies. She is also an active researcher in the field of Geriatrics, often working on studies that look for ways to help aging patients overcome common problems such as knee and ligament pain.
Sharon Levine Boston University Award Won: Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Award Awarded By: American Geriatrics Society
Boston University Professor Sharon Levine is one of the first names you hear when it comes to geriatrics. This active educator, who is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine, recently won the esteemed Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Award from the American Geriatrics Society. Likewise, Levine is a Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Subspecialty Board on Geriatric Medicine.
Edward Marcantonio Harvard University Award Won: Mid-Career Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research Awarded By: National Institute on Aging
Professor Edward Marcantonio from Harvard University is one of the nation’s leading experts on the brain as it ages. The author of numerous research papers, many of which examine delirium and the effects of surgery on the elderly, Marcantonio was also the recent recipient of the National Institute on Aging’s Mid-Career Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research. This professor’s students at Harvard Medical School benefit from his vast experience in the field of geriatrics.
Mary Quiceno University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Award Won: $10,000 Curriculum Development Grant Awarded By: Southwestern Aging and Geriatric Education (SAGE) program
As an assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Mary Quiceno educates future physicians about geriatrics. Always looking for innovative ways to improve the educational experience for her students, Quiceno—along with a colleague—recently used the $10,000 Curriculum Development Grant they were awarded to create a geriatric educational video for medical students.
Mary Ann Forciea University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Award Won: Clinician of the Year Awarded By: American Geriatrics Society
A past winner of the American Geriatrics Society’s prestigious Clinician of the Year award, Mary Ann Forciea of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine is a star in the field of geriatrics. Forciea, a prolific researcher and medical journal author, has been involved in conducting and designing numerous clinical studies. She is particularly interested in the benefits of exercise for older adults.
Daniel Fischberg John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii Award Won: Gerald H. Holman AAHPM Distinguished Service Award Awarded By: American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Daniel Fischberg, Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Hawaii ‘s John A. Burns School of Medicine, was the 2013 recipient of the Gerald H. Holman Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. This compassionate professor has dedicated his career to relieving and preventing the pain experienced by patients in the health care system, particularly the elderly. He often travels throughout the country to discuss his research and experiences in this aspect of medicine.
B. Brent Simmons Drexel University College of Medicine Award Won: Medical Home Recognition Awarded By: Bridges to Excellence
The recent recipient of the Bridges to Excellence Medical Home Recognition, B. Brent Simmons of Drexel University is a pioneer in the field of geriatrics. He is particularly interested in end-of-life care and has focused much of his work on ameliorating many of the problems experienced by elderly patients as their health and independence declines. In particular, he has been a key player in projects designed to help low-income seniors who are unable to leave their homes to seek out medical care.
Ronald D. Adelman Weill Cornell Medical College Award Won: First Recipient of the Emilie Roy Corey Professionship in Geriatrics and Gerontology Awarded By: Weill Cornell Medical College
The first Recipient of the Emilie Roy Corey Professionship in Geriatrics and Gerontology, Weill Cornell Medical College’s Ronald D. Adelman helps his students learn to better communicate with elderly patients. Adelman has done a great deal of research into doctor-patient communication and believes that the relationship between the physician and his or her patient is key to successful care. In particular, he has studied, and worked to improve, the ways in which health care professionals interact with the terminally ill and those suffering from cognitive decline.
Daniela Neamtu University of Louisville Award Won: Service Award Awarded By: North Cancer Institute
After studying medicine in her native country of Romania, Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine Daniela Neamtu did her residency and a fellowship at the University of Louisville where she now teaches. In addition to her role as an educator, Neamtu treats patients at a variety of nursing homes in the Louisville region. Her efforts recently earned her the North Cancer Institute’s Service Award.
Rosanne M. Leipzig Mount Sinai School of Medicine Award Won: Humanism in Aging Leadership Award Awarded By: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine Department of Geriatric Medicine
The recipient of countless awards and honors, including the recent Humanism in Aging Leadership Award from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine Department of Geriatric Medicine, Rosanne M. Leipzig is both a key professor and administrator in geriatrics. In addition to her professorship, Leipzig serves as Vice Chair for Education at the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development. Her important work focuses largely on ensuring that evidence-based medicine shapes the care of elderly patients.