News 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



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!