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 . . .

  • 2018


    Dr. Michelle Erickson, research assistant professor, is lead author, and Dr. William Banks, professor (Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine) is senior author of: “Neuroimmune Axes of the Blood–Brain Barriers and Blood–Brain Interfaces: Bases for Physiological Regulation, Disease States, and Pharmacological Interventions” in Pharmacological Reviews.



    The Division of Gerontology welcomed Dr. Elizabeth Rhea as a research assistant professor. Dr. Rhea will continue her research investigating the role of insulin signaling in the brain during aging and memory impairment.



    FDA approves diagnostic test for Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency
    An international, multicenter, phase III clinical trial led by Dr. Jose Garcia, associate professor (Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine) has led to FDA approval of Macrilen™ (macimorelin), an orally available ghrelinagonist to be used in the diagnosis of patients with adult growth hormone deficiency (AGHD). This is the first FDA-approved diagnostic test for AGHD.  The VA Hospitals in Seattle and Houston were participating research sites for the clinical trial. As AGHD is a problem for many returning veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI), this test may benefit veterans as well as other individuals suffering from this condition.


    Dr. Alvin Matsumoto, professor (Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine) is the recipient of the Mayo Soley Award from the Western Society for Clinical Investigation.


    This award is given to a senior investigator in recognition of lifetime achievement in the area of scientific endeavor and training of junior investigators.

  • 2017


    We are pleased to welcome our incoming 2018-19 Geriatric Medicine Fellows:

    • Shiyun Chua, Boston University Medical Center (Internal Medicine)
    • Megan Feng, Mercy Memorial Hospital System (Michigan – Family Medicine)
    • Shalina Lingley, University of Washington (Internal Medicine)
    • Ania Rodney, Christiana Care (Delaware - Internal Medicine)
      - Click here to see full profiles -


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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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