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



    Supporting the Abrass Family Endowed fellowship in
                        Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

    A transformational scientist, educator and clinician, Dr. Abrass is beloved by many trainees who benefitted from his outstanding leadership.

    In 1984, he became the head of the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at UW Medicine, where he initiated a research program, a geriatric evaluation unit, an active consultation service and an ambulatory senior care clinic. Under his leadership, the division experienced tremendous growth in faculty, staff and fellows.

    We are nearly ¾ of the way to funding the Abrass Family Endowed Fellowship in Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. This fund was recently established by Dr. May Reed as a way to honor Itamar’s exceptional leadership during his tenure as division head, and to provide much-needed support for our talented research fellows.  Please join us in honoring Itamar and his legacy with a donation to the Abrass Family Fund. You can do so by clicking on the following link to the Donation Webpage.


    Dr. Elizabeth Phelan,
    professor (Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine) is senior author of: “Emergency information management needs and practices of older adults: A descriptive study” in the International Journal of Medical Informatics. This paper was highlighted in the recent Department of Health Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Newsletter.


    Drs. Sabeena Setia, clinical assistant professor (General Internal Medicine), Joe Huang, clinical instructor, Katherine Bennett, assistant professor, Thuan Ong, assistant professor (Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine) and Divya Gollapudi, clinical assistant professor (General Internal Medicine) are co-authors of: “Recommendations for Preoperative Management of Frailty from the Society for Perioperative Assessment and Quality Improvement (SPAQI)” in the Journal of Clinical Anesthesia.




    Dr. William Banks, professor (Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine) had his paper: “From blood–brain barrier to blood–brain interface: new opportunities for CNS drug delivery” (Nature Reviews Drug Discovery) listed as a hot paper on web of science. A “hot paper” is defined as a paper published in the past two years that received enough citations in November/December 2017 to place it in the top 0.1% of papers in its academic field.


    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.


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  • 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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