Elizabeth A. Phelan, M.D., M.S.

Associate Professor









Biographical Information: Elizabeth A. Phelan, MD, MS, is associate professor in the division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, adjunct associate professor in the department of Health Services, associate director of the UW Health Promotion Research Center, and affiliate investigator with the Group Health Research Institute. She is co-director of the UW Center for Interdisciplinary Geriatric Research and founder and director of the Fall Prevention Clinic at Harborview Medical Center. She is a clinically active, fellowship trained geriatrician whose clinical work encompasses the inpatient and outpatient settings and involves teaching principles of geriatric medicine to students, residents, and fellows.

Research Interest: Dr. Phelan's research aims to promote health and prevent functional decline in community dwelling older adults. In 2003, she received the Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars in Aging Research Program Award to study a new model of care for older adults in primary care settings. In 2000, she received the Pfizer/American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research on Health Outcomes in Geriatrics to evaluate the impact of physician practice style on functional status in outpatient elders. She was named the 2007 UW Department of Medicine's Philip and Helen Fialkow Scholar, an award which honors the late UW dean of medicine and his wife and recognizes the outstanding achievements of junior faculty in medicine in research, teaching, clinical work, and academic citizenship.

Currently Dr. Phelan's research focuses on improving quality of care for geriatric syndromes, in particular falls and fall prevention. She is presently an investigator on two externally funded research projects which focus on translating evidence-based approaches to geriatric syndrome management (falls, depression) into clinical practice. She also has an interest in improving the quality of primary care for dementia.

Other activities include directing the UW’s member center of the Healthy Aging Research Network, a national network of researchers with an interest in development, testing, and disseminating innovative policies, programs, and practices that promote healthy aging.

-Health Promotion Research Center:

-Healthy Aging Research Network:

-Northwest Geriatric Education Center:

Education and Training:

College: 1986, Wellesley College, BA, French

Medical School: 1992, Tufts University School of Medicine, MD

Residency: 1992-1995, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Master of Science in Public Health: 1998, University of Washington School of Public Health

Fellowship: 1998-2000, University of Washington

Publications: Go to PubMed.

Community of Science: Click to visit Dr. Phelan's Community of Science page.

Clinic Information: Harborview Medical Center, Fall Prevention Clinic: http://uwmedicine.washington.edu/Patient-Care/Our-Services/Find-a-Clinic/Pages/Clinic.aspx?clinicld=479

General Information:
Mailing Address:
Harborview Medical Center
325 9th Avenue, Box 359755
Seattle, WA 98104-2499
Phone Number: (206)744-9122
Fax Number: (206)744-9976

Administrative Location
Patricia Steel Memorial Bldg.
401 Broadway, 5th Floor, Room 5048
Seattle WA 98122
Phone (206) 744-9100
Fax (206) 744-9976