Graduates of our fellowship program continue to be leaders in the fields of geriatric medicine and research, and we are home to pioneering research programs in the field of aging.

Welcome to the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. Founded in 1977, we are based at Harborview Medical Center and the Seattle VA Puget Sound Health Care System. We provide comprehensive clinical care and training in the care of older adults throughout the University of Washington network.


Dr. Wayne McCormick is Head of the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine.


Upcoming Events:

Biology of Aging

de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging

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Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program Conference Schedule

UW Geriatric Medicine in the News . . .

  • 2017


    Match 2017:  Congratulations to our incoming fellows for 2017 :
    Dr. Amy Thomas and Dr. Matthew Mesias.



  • 2016


    New Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Curriculum

    Dr. Susan Merel and Dr. Katherine Bennett launched a

    new geriatrics and palliative medicine curriculum for 2nd year medical students at the University of Washington in December 2016 as part of their

    Lifecycles Course.



    New T-32 Research Fellowship Focuses on AD and Dementias

    A new Alzheimer's Disease Training Program directed by Elaine Peskind MD (Psychiatry) and Brian Kraemer PhD (Gerontology) provides interdisciplinary training for basic science, clinical, and translational researchers so they can advance clinical hypotheses about the etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of AD and related disorders.


    The training program is the only formal program at the University of Washington focused on training investigators to carry out basic, clinical, and translational research in AD and related neurodegenerative dementing disorders.


    The program supports training positions for 3 postdoctoral trainees. The goal for postdoctoral trainees is to have ~40% clinical (MD, MD/PhD, or PhD in Clinical Psychology) and ~60% research (PhD) postdoctoral fellows. Incoming MD candidates are expected to have completed a residency. Postdoctoral PhD candidates can come from a broad range of disciplines. The program also supports training positions for 3 predoctoral candidates. For more information contact Molly Chinn at wamble@uw.edu.



    Dr Reed has assumed Section Chief for HMC May Reed MD, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, has been appointed Section Chief of Geriatric Medicine at Harborview. She will be responsible for the Division Activities on the inpatient services at HMC. Dr. Reed is also medical director of the HMC Senior Care Clinic. Dr. Reed completed medical school at Harvard and trained in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She completed her geriatrics clinical and research training here at UW. Dr. Reed’s research interest, which has been NIH funded for over 20 years, is the effect of aging on the extracellular matrix and the microvasculature. She is also a longstanding member of several NIH Review Committees. Dr. Reed spearheads the HMC Geriatrics Injury Workgroup, which is comprised of members from multiple departments and divisions who are focused on research to improve the evaluation and management of older trauma patients.


    Dr Ong has assumed Section Chief for LTCS Thuan Ong MD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, has assumed leadership of the UW Long Term Care Service. This medical team, consisting of ten physicians and six nurse practitioners as well as several support staff, cares for over 600 patients in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult family homes and in house calls. Dr Ong did his undergraduate degree and an MPH at UCLA, completed medical school at St Louis University, and trained in Internal Medicine at UC Davis in Sacramento, where he was also Chief Resident. He completed his geriatrics training here at UW. In addition to leading the LTCS, Dr Ong also attends on the medical and geriatrics inpatient services at HMC, in SeniorCare Clinic at HMC, and is one of several Medical Directors at Providence Hospice of Seattle. Dr Ong is a leading geriatrics educator for UW medical students as well as Internal Medicine and Family Medicine residents, having completed the Teaching Scholars Program


    Incoming Fellows 2016-17

    Our Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program had a successful Match. We filled all four of our positions. Welcome to our incoming fellows for 2016-17: Marissa Black, Yan Chen, Judy Kwok, and Toral Parikh!


  • 2015

    October 2015 New UW Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine Division Head
    The Department of Medicine is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Wayne McCormick as the new head of the Division of Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine, effective immediately ...read more


    HRSA Award The Division received a large ($848,000) 3 year award from HRSA for the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (Elizabeth Phelan MD, MS is PI) to improve care for older adults through integrating geriatrics into primary care, provider training, and community-based programs to improve health outcomes.


    Award Renewals The Division has been awarded renewal of their Hartford Center of Excellence and a Hartford Beeson/ChangeAGEnts Award (PI May J Reed). The Hartford CoE Scholars are: Angela Hanson, Joe C Huang and Kay Ritchey. Funded projects will focus on improving the evaluation and management of older adults seen in the ED or admitted for trauma.


    Naomi Avery (UW internal medicine R-3 and incoming fellow) won 3rd place in the resident poster session at the American Geriatrics Society Meeting in National Harbor Maryland.  Her poster entitled “Process Evaluation of a Fall Risk Screening and Management Protocol in a Pharmacist Run Anticoagulation Clinic” was authored with Drs. Bennett and Phelan from our faculty and clinical pharmacists Carol Crawford and Theresa O’Young.


    Wayne McCormick MD, MPH, Professor of Geriatric Medicine completed his term as the President of the American Geriatric Society and transitioned into his new role as Chair of the AGS Board of Directors.


    William Banks has received the 2014 Normal Cousins Award from the Psychoneuroimmune Research Society. He was also the The Jim Flood Memorial Alzheimer’s Disease Lecturer at the Saint Louis University Summer Geriatric Institute and The Key Note Speaker at the 5th International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress, Melbourne, Australia


    May J. Reed (PI) with Steve Mitchell, Medley Gatewood (ED), Paul Sutton (GIM) and Carol Crawford (Pharm) were awarded a Hartford Change AGEnt Project Award for Improving Prescribing for Older Adults in the Emergency Department.


    Wayne McCormick MD, MPH, Professor of Geriatric Medicine and President of the American Geriatrics Society was a visiting professor at the University of Missouri where he gave a talk titled: “Long-term Care in China" for their 24th Annual Conference on Caring for the Frail Elderly.

    Congratulations to our second year Geriatric Medicine fellows on their Research Awards:

    Dr. Katherine (Kay) Ritchey has received a VA Special Fellowship and Dr. Joe C. Huang has been awarded a Biology of Aging Training Grant Fellowship.



  • 2014

    UW PRAISE Awards:

    Dr. Katherine A. Bennett and Dr. May J. Reed have both received the UW PRAISE Awards for Excellence in Patient Care.


    Long Term Care Service (LTCS):

    The Long Term Care Service under the Directorship of Dr. Wayne C. McCormick continues to lead the way in innovative approaches to transitions of care.

    In addition to their other roles, the LTCS is now directing a 10 bed unit on 4E at Harborview Medical Center (HMC).

    The unit is designed to provide transitional care services for patients who no longer have acute hospital needs, but are awaiting placement in the community.


    Harborview Medical Center (HMC):

    Our Harborview Medical Center Senior Care Clinic received "100% willingness to recommend" by our patients at the end of fiscal year 2013.


    David A. Gruenewald, MD

    Associate Professor

    Fellow 1987 - 1990

    Faculty 1990 - Present:

    Dr. Gruenewald is Project Leader for the nationwide VA initiative “Improving Palliative Care in Intensive Care Units” (2012-present). He led the development of a national cadre of coaches and quality improvement (QI) team leaders. His workgroup is developing innovative approaches to apply principles of distance learning to help coaches facilitate teleconference and phone meetings with their QI team leaders and teams.  He created a 9-module ICU Family Meeting Project Curriculum as a core component of this initiative. His work was recognized in a Certificate of Appreciation awarded in July, 2013 by Dr. Scott Shreve, National Director, Hospice and Palliative Care Program, Department of Veterans Affairs; and Dr. Carol Luhrs, Director, VA Comprehensive End of Life Care Implementation Center.


    May J. Reed, MD

    Associate Professor

    Fellow 1990 - 1992

    Faculty 1992 - Present:

    Dr. May J. Reed (Geriatrics) and Dr. Itay Bentov (Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine) are co-authors on a paper entitled "Anesthesia, Microcirculation and Wound Repair in Aging" in Anesthesiology.


    Stephen R. Plymate, MD


    Faculty 1993 - Present:

    Dr. Plymate has been awarded a $6.5 million grand by the DOD-CDMRP entitled, “Targeting the Aberrant Androgen Receptor in Advanced Treatment Resistant Prostate Cancer”.


    Elizabeth A. Phelan, MD, MPH

    Associate Professor

    Fellow 1998 - 2000

    Faculty 2000 - Present:

    Dr. Elizabeth Phelan, Associate Professor, Division of Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine is Co-PI on a grant recently funded by the Agency for Health Care Quality and Research (AHRQ), DHHS, titled “Addressing the Personal Health Information Needs of Older Adults.”


    Dr. Alvin Matsumoto MD, FACP

    Senior Fellow 1979 - 1982

    Faculty 1978 - Present:

    The New York Times has quoted Dr. Matsumoto in "Middle-Aged Men, Too, Can Blame Estrogen for that Waistline."

    Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/science/middle-aged-men-can-blame-estrogen-too.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

    Dr. Angela Hanson, MD

    Fellow 2010 - 2011

    Senior Fellow / Acting Instructor 2011 - Present:

    Is first author of an article in JAMA Neurology, titled, “Effect of Apolipoprotein E Genotype and Diet on Apolipoprotein E Lipidation and Amyloid Peptides: Randomized Clinical Trial.” The article discusses how Alzheimer's disease biomarkers are influenced by APOE genotype and diet. link to article

    Dr. Alvin Matsumoto MD, FACP

    Senior Fellow 1979 - 1982

    Faculty 1978 - Present:

    Professor and Acting Division Head received The Endocrine Society 2013 Outstanding Reviewer Recognition Award in recognition of outstanding achievements by reviewers for The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the world’s leading peer-reviewed journal for endocrine clinical research and cutting-edge clinical practice reviews.


    Wayne McCormick MD, MPH

    Fellow 1989 - 1990

    Faculty 1990 - Present:

    Professor of Medicine was named President-Elect of the American Geriatrics Society. (http://depts.washington.edu/pallmed/news)

    Thuan Ong MD, MPH

    Fellow 2008 - 2009

    Faculty 2010 - Present:

    Assistant Professor of Medicine was awarded a Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA), a prestigious career development award for geriatric clinician educators.


    Eric Coleman

    Fellow 1995 - 1998


    Professor, Division of Health Care Policy

    and Research

    University of Colorado School of Medicine





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