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


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.

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UW Geriatric Medicine in the News . . .

  • 2017


    Dr. Joan Teno, professor (Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine) is lead author of “Temporal Trends in the Numbers of Skilled Nursing Facility Specialists From 2007 Through 2014” in JAMA Internal Medicine.


    Dr. Joe Huang, clinical instructor (Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine) is lead author of “Evaluation of Treatment Candidacy in Older Adults With Cancer” in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology.


    Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Award

    Drs. Stephen Plymate, professor (Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine), Wes Van Voorhis, professor (Allergy and Infectious Diseases), and Dustin Maly (Chemistry) were awarded a Prostate Cancer Research Idea Development Award by the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program for their project: “Bumped-Kinase Inhibitors as Castrate-Resistant Prostate Cancer Drugs.”

       They will receive $1M over 3 years to develop promising small molecules for the therapy of prostate cancer once it becomes resistant to first line drugs. Drs. Kayode Ojo (Allergy and Infectious Diseases) and Cynthia Sprenger (Gerontology) are co-investigators.

    Gerontology  Clinical  Promotion:

    Dr. Lianne (Annie) Hirano, clinical assistant professor in the

    Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine,  will become the Associate Medical Director of the Inpatient Palliative Care Service at HMC effective July 1.


    Gerontology Faculty Awards:

    Dr. May Reed has received a 2017 ITHS Collaboration Innovation Award. This 50K award encourages the development of new interdisciplinary collaborations between investigators in projects addressing critical transitions in translational research.


    Dr. Katherine A. Bennett was awarded the Presidential Poster Award in Education at the American Geriatrics Society Meeting in San Antonio for her presentations entitled
    “Project ECHO—Geriatrics: Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Workforce to Care for Older Adults.”

    Project-ECHO geriatrics is a geriatrics consult/telementoring program with participants across Washington and Idaho as part of the Northwest Geriatriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center (nwgwec.org).


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  • 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.


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  • 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


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  • 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.

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