News 2017 - Archive


Dr. Lena Makaroun, fellow (Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine) is lead author of: “Veterans Experiencing Elder Abuse: Improving Care of a High-Risk Population About Which Little Is Known” in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.


The Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine welcomes Dr. Takuma Uo as an assistant professor.

Dr. Uo will continue his research on prostate cancer with a focus on androgen receptor function involving splice forms that confer alternate programs of gene regulation.



Low wealth associated with death and disability among older adults

Dr. Lena Makaroun, senior fellow (Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine) and researchers studied nearly 20,000 adults in the United States and England. They found that adults in both countries with low wealth had a higher risk of death and disability.

The results are published this week in the article: “Wealth-Associated Disparities in Death and Disability in the United States and England” in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Dr. Rashmi Sharma, assistant professor (General Internal Medicine) is lead author and Dr. Joan Teno, professor (Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine) is senior author of: “Association of Racial Differences With End-of-Life Care Quality in the United States” in JAMA Internal Medicine. Read more in the article: “End-of-life care study finds deficiencies but no racial bias” in UW Medicine Newsroom.


Dr. May Reed (Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine) is senior author of: "The Effect of Computerized Physician Order Entry Template Modifications on the Administration of High-Risk Medications in Older Adults in the Emergency Department” in Drugs & Aging. DOM co-authors are Paul Sutton and Katherine Bennett.



Monica Fawthrop, administrator, Divisions of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, authored: “An Administrator’s Guide to Departments of Internal Medicine”, Publisher: Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine; 5 edition (Kindle Edition), August 8, 2017



Dr. David Gruenewald, associate professor (Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine) is lead author of: “Improving Family Meetings in the ICU:  A Quality Improvement Curriculum” in the American Journal of Critical Care. He developed the curriculum in his role as project leader for a national Department of Veterans Affairs initiative, “Improving Palliative Care in Intensive Care Units.”


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 (



Congratulations to Dr. Angela Hanson!
Chair of Medicine Scholars Awardee:

Angela Hanson has received a Chair of Medicine Scholars Award.  This award was established in 2013 by the Department of Medicine and awarded annually to meritorious University of Washington Department of Medicine trainees to foster the transition of awardees to the roles of physician-scientist and principal investigator as young faculty members.
    The award provides $50K/yr for a total of 2 yrs in salary support to facilitate her appointment as a faculty member in the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine.


Spring 2017 UW Medicine Cares award:

Congratulations to Dr. May Reed!
Dr. Reed was one of the winners of the Spring 2017 UW Medicine Cares award. She was one of the system’s highest performers, as voted upon by the HMC Recognition Program. More information to




Fellows 2017-2018:  Welcome to our four fantastic geriatric medicine fellows starting July 1, 2017.

  • Matthew Mesias – UW Internal Medicine
  • Sonnit Sharma – Rochester Regional Health (Internal Medicine)
  • Amy Thomas – UW Internal Medicine
  • Grace Wu – UW Internal Medicine (class of 2016)


U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools report - UW School of Medicine No. 1 and No. 7 in geriatrics training (elder healthcare) 

Clinical Study update:

A confirmatory Phase 3 clinical study of Macimorelin entitled 'Confirmatory validation of oral macimorelin as a growth hormone (GH) stimulation test

(ST) for the diagnosis of adult growth hormone deficiency (AGHD) in comparison with the insulin tolerance test (ITT)' was recently completed by Dr. Jose M. Garcia, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor.  - The study was designed as a two-way crossover study with the ITT as the benchmark comparator and involved 26 sites in the United States and Europe.
-  The trial involved 157 subjects, of whom 140 completed two evaluable tests for AGHD using both macimorelin test and the ITT.

The work will be presented at ENDO 2017, in Orlando, FL, April 1-4 2017.