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Division of Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine

In 1992 the Department of Medicine and VA Leadership established the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. The receipt of a NIH-NIA T32 Training Grant in Exercise Physiology, Nutrition and Aging, VA and NIH grants, Career Development Awards and a Geriatric Leadership Academic Award collectively led to the award of a Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center in 1994. These prestigious grants fostered the growth of research in the Division by coalescing the efforts of an interdisciplinary team of investigators in the conduct of metabolism, exercise-rehabilitation, nutrition and cardiovascular-related clinical research in aging. Clinical and educational programs in rehabilitation, dementia management, frailty, palliative care, delirium and inpatient and outpatient consultation grew supported by an ACGME accredited fellowship and VA Special Fellowship in geriatric medicine.  Comprehensive health promotion and disease prevention programs focusing on the USPHS priority areas of physical activity and fitness, proper nutrition and rehabilitation to prevent cardiovascular disease, obesity and disability grew with these resources.  The award of a Nutrition Obesity Research Center and Maryland Exercise and Robotics Center of Excellence in Neurological Diseases in 2005, NIH and VA career development awards and successful renewal of the Pepper Center, T32, GRECC, VA Merit Awards and NIH RO1’s over 20 years enhanced the growth of clinical and basic aging research in exercise, nutrition, rehabilitation and metabolism.

 

Division Head

The division is nationally recognized for its research in exercise rehabilitation and weight loss in the treatment of obesity, cardiovascular risk factors, the prevention of diabetes in the elderly, and rehabilitation of disabled stroke patients and frail elderly. This research is supported by the following VA and NIH grants and Research Centers:

 

The research goals of the Division are to:

  1. Conduct high-quality, peer-reviewed, funded gerontology research in exercise physiology, nutrition and metabolism in aging and disability;
  2. Advance the science of metabolic and exercise physiology research in aging, obesity, diabetes and associated chronic diseases to maintain a competitive edge for peer-reviewed funding;
  3. Develop new areas and techniques for the conduct of research in aging; and
  4. Mentor trainees and junior faculty to advance their academic careers and help them be competitive for independent research funding.

Education and training in the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine is integrated within the research and clinical programs to enhance the trainees' experiences. The strength of the educational program is the interdisciplinary instruction provided by the professional staff of MD and PhD faculty, one-on-one mentorship by faculty, and the funding that is available for trainees from the T32 NIA training grant, GRECC, UM-OAIC, NORC and DRTC.

Learn about the University of Maryland Multi-Campus Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program.

Division Faculty

Open Faculty Positions

Division Chief (Position 03-309-751)

The University of Maryland School of Medicine and the VA Maryland Healthcare System invites applications for the position of Chief of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, and Director for the Baltimore Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC).  The program has the full continuum of clinical geriatric care in an interdisciplinary academic environment that promotes outstanding geriatric training, and is supported by a Pepper Center, GRECC and federal grants.

The position will be responsible for the overall operation and management of our vibrant Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine Division within the Department of Medicine, by cultivating additional opportunities in the areas of clinical excellence, research initiatives and outstanding teaching, and will also develop and expand geriatric programs at the University of Maryland Medical Center and other System hospitals.  As Director of the GRECC, the selected candidate will collaborate with physicians, nurses, and other health scientists at the University of Maryland in the conduct of aging research, clinical and educational programs, and will coordinate innovative programs that can be translated to impact clinical care to older veterans and education to VA staff across the VA Maryland Health Care System and the VA Mid-Atlantic Network Hospitals and Community Based Outpatient Clinics.

Successful candidates must be skilled in geriatric research, clinical care and education, and have a strong track record of research, educational and clinical funding in aging and gerontology-related disciplines, as well as demonstrated leadership experience to foster continued growth of the Division and GRECC programs through collaborations and external funding.  The selected candidate will be expected to develop strong working relationships with VA research and clinical service line leaders and foster and strengthen ties with the University of Maryland, Baltimore.   


Interested candidates please forward CV and four references to: Dr. Stephen Davis, Chairman, Department of Medicine, c/o Robyn Crandell, Academic Programs Office, Department of Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center, N3E10, 22 S. Greene St., Baltimore, MD 21201 or rcrandel@medicine.umaryland.edu.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.   

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