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UW Geriatrics and Gerontology

The University of Wisconsin (UW) Division of Geriatrics & Gerontology in the Department of Medicine was established in 1980 and is one of the premier academic divisions in the country, supporting nationally renowned programs in geriatrics research, education and patient care. 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 Wisconsin and beyond.

Comprised of over 30 faculty, the division sponsors one of the oldest Geriatric Medicine Fellowship programs in the country, training numerous 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 across the full-spectrum of gerontology, including dementia, biology of aging, patient care, health services, community-based and dissemination studies. 

The division is internationally recognized for its extensive research programs in aging and geriatrics. The current total research funding for the division exceeds $60 million. This funding supports cutting-edge investigations in several areas of primary research interests of geriatrics faculty, including Alzheimer's disease, transitional care, metabolism of aging, dysphagia, community-based studies, and geriatric education and training. Notably, the majority of research funding comes from NIH, the Department of Veterans Affairs, national research foundations and philanthropy. In addition to research funding, the division receives grant support to train and create a pipeline of young, talented investigators in all aspects of aging research. The current training grants include an NIA-funded T32, the Advanced Geriatrics VA Fellowship and the HRSA-funded Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program.

The UW Division of Geriatrics works collaboratively with the Madison VA GRECC, 1 of only 20 Centers of Excellence in aging research in the country. The Madison GRECC was established in 1991 to coordinate and enhance all aspects of aging research throughout the Madison VA and UW campus. The GRECC supports the nationally renowned UW Geriatric Fellowship Program that has trained over 100 geriatric fellows over the past 25 years.

The division faculty direct several nationally renowned centers and institutes, focusing on aging research and training. Among these include the NIH-funded Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (Director: Sanjay Asthana, MD), Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute (Director: Jane Mahoney, MD), Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (Director: Sanjay Asthana, MD), the Center for Women's Health Research (Director: Molly Carnes, MD), and the Osteoporosis Clinical Center and Research Program (Director: Neil Binkley, MD).


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)