University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

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.

Sponsoring one of the oldest Geriatric Medicine Fellowship programs in the country, our faculty train numerous highly-successful academic geriatricians, including those currently providing national leadership to the field of gerontology. Our program not only trains our next generation of geriatrician’s, but it also provides widely-acknowledged leadership in geriatric primary care, memory care, and specialty care of older adults.

Our division is internationally recognized for its extensive research programs in aging and geriatrics. Current total research funding for the division exceeds $100 million. This funding supports cutting-edge investigations in several areas of primary research, including Alzheimer's disease, transitional care, metabolism of aging, dysphagia, community-based studies, and geriatric education and clinical care. 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.