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UW Geriatrics and Gerontology

The University of Wisconsin Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology in the Department of Medicine was established in 1980 and is one of the premier academic programs in the country. Through its extensive network of primary care and specialty clinics, the Division supports a breadth of clinical activities providing state-of-the-art medical care to thousands of geriatric patients referred from across the Midwest and beyond.

The Division sponsors one of the oldest Geriatric Medicine Fellowship programs in the nation, training a number of highly-successful academic geriatricians including those currently providing national leadership to the field of gerontology. It has a distinguished history of providing widely-acknowledged leadership in geriatric education and training in addition to conducting cutting-edge research in the biology, health services, and clinical aspects of aging. 

The UW Division of Geriatrics is internationally recognized for a several of its research programs in aging and geriatrics. The current total research funding for the Division and GRECC is over $59 million. This funding supports cutting-edge investigations in several areas of primary research interests in the Division, including Alzheimer's disease, caloric restriction, osteoporosis, dysphagia, falls, older women's health, sleep disorders, and health services research. The majority of research funding comes from the NIH (i.e., RO1, PO1, T32, K12, K23 awards) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (Merit awards).

In addition to extensive research funding, the UW Division of Geriatrics has substantial funding from the NIH to support the training of young, talented investigators from fellowship through the early years of faculty appointment. This support includes two T32 grants (PI: Asthana, Carnes) and two K12 awards (PI: Carnes)

Identified as 1 of only 21 Centers of Excellence in aging research in the country, the Madison VA GRECC was established in 1991 to enhance all aspects of aging research throughout the VA and UW campus and, in collaboration with the UW Division of Geriatrics, strengthen and support geriatric fellowship training at both the UW and VA. In 2007, following an intense national competition, the UW Division of Geriatrics was 1 of only 3 new Hartford Centers of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Education that were funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation to enhance training of physician-scientists in aging research. Under the leadership of Mark Sager, MD, the WAI, was established in 1998 with funding from the Helen Bader Foundation and the State of Wisconsin to improve the services and care of patients with dementia through education, research, training, program development and public advocacy. Tha National Center of Excellence in Women's Health Research was established in 1998 by Molly Carnes, MD, MS, to enhance research in issues related to women's health and gender-based disparities in health delivery. Under the leadership of Sanjay Asthana, MD, the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, was established in 2001 to increase campus-wide efforts in interdisciplinary research related to dementia. In collaboration with the UW Division of Endocrinology, the Osteoporosis Clinical Center and Research Program was developed by Neil Binkley, MD, to establish an interdepartmental program targeting clinical care and research in osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases. Finally, under the leadership of Richard Weindruch, PhD, the Aging and Cancer Program was established with funding from NCI and NIA to develop a geriatric-oncology program at the UW, and to establish collaborative research programs in aging and cancer.

Provided below is the list of current faculty (with specific areas of educational or research interests) in the UW Division of Geriatrics:

  • Rozalyn Anderson, PhD, Assistant Professor (Caloric Restriction)
  • Sanjay Asthana, MD, Duncan G. and Lottie H. Ballantine Chair of Geriatrics Professor and Division Head (Alzheimer's Disease)
  • Craig Atwood, PhD, Associate Professor (Alzheimer's Disease)
  • Steven Barczi, MD, Professor (Sleep Disorders and Medical Education)
  • Ryan Bartkus, Clinical Assistant Professor (Primary Care and Medical Education)
  • Bjoern Buehring, Assistant Professor (Osteoporosis and Sarcopenia)
  • Barbara Bendlin, PhD, Associate Professor (Alzheimer's Disease & Related Dementias)
  • Neil Binkley, MD, Associate Professor (Osteoporosis and Sarcopenia)
  • Nathaniel Chin, MD, Clinical Instructor (Dementia/ Memory Care)
  • Cynthia Carlsson, MD, MS, Associate Professor (Alzheimer's Disease & Related Dementias)
  • Molly Carnes, MD, MS, Professor (Women's Health)
  • Elizabeth Chapman, MD, Assistant Professor (Inpatient Geriatrics/ACE and Medical Education)
  • Melissa Dattalo, MD MPH, Assistant Professor (Homecare and Quality Improvement)
  • N. Maritza Dowling, PhD, MS, Associate Scientist (Biostatistics and Survey Research)
  • Alexis Eastman, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor (Primary Care, Geriatric Assessment and Medical Education)
  • Carey Gleason, PhD, Associate Professor (Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias)
  • Kurt Hansen, MD, MS, Assistant Professor (Hospital Care and Nursing Home Care)
  • Christopher Hildebrand, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor (Leadership and Medical Education)
  • Kathleen Hoffland, NP, Geriatrics (Homecare and Geriatric Assessment)
  • Sterling Johnson, PhD, Professor (Neuroimaging and Alzheimer's Disease)
  • Amy Kind, MD, PhD, Associate Professor (Transitional Care and Health Services Research)
  • Janis Lindsey-Oslo, NP, Geriatrics (Primary Care and Memory Care)
  • Paula Lueras, MD, MPH, Clinical Instructor (Long Term Care)
  • Namrata Magar, MD, Assistant Professor (Primary Care and Geriatrics Consultation)
  • Jane Mahoney, MD, Professor (Fall Prevention, Dissemination and Implementation Research)
  • Ozioma Okonkwo, PhD, Assistant Professor (Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias)
  • Gerald Pankratz, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor (Primary Care)
  • Robert Przybelski, MD, MS, Associate Professor (Primary Care)
  • Luigi Puglielli, MD, PhD, Professor (Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias)
  • Tyler Steward, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor (Primary Care)
  • Mihai Teodorescu, MD, Clinical Associate Professor (Sleep Medicine and Medical Education)
  • David Watts, MD, Associate Professor (Home Care and Long Term Care)
  • Lora Wiggins, MD, Associate Professor (Health Policy Officer)