Message from the Section Chiefs

Welcome to the Section of Geriatric Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine! The section was created in 2015 to support a growing group of Stanford faculty and staff whose clinical, educational, and research interests focus on care of older adults.  Each of our physicians, nurses, social workers, research, and support staff cares deeply about the well-being of patients and families navigating the unique joys and challenges of older adulthood. 

Our faculty and staff in the Section of Geriatric Medicine provide clinical care at Stanford Health Care, the Palo Alto VA Health Care System, local skilled nursing facilities, and in patients' homes.  Our scope of clinical services includes: 

-outpatient primary care for any adult 80 or older, or over age 65 with significant functional or cognitive impairment

-single-visit outpatient comprehensive Geriatrics consults

-Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC)

-inpatient consultative care

-the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) unit at the New Stanford Hospital

-post-acute and long-term care in local skilled nursing facilities

-multidisciplinary transitional care for patients recently discharged from Stanford Hospital

Since 2021, we have expanded our mission to include an emphasis on aging-related research that spans basic science and clinical translational endeavors to quality improvement projects that seek to optimize care delivery for people in need. In close collaboration with Stanford Health Care and Stanford University, our researchers have the breadth of expertise and experience to cover many different aspects of health and aging, ranging from basic science to health systems and policy. 

Crucial to our mission in Geriatric Medicine is to develop Geriatrics competency in health care providers, whether or not they specialize in our field.  Our section's faculty educate Stanford and visiting Geriatric Medicine physician fellows, Internal Medicine residents, Family Medicine residents, medical students, physicians' assistant students, nurse practitioner students, and allied health providers in the art and science of caring and improving health for older adults. 

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website to learn more about our mission, people and programs. Please reach out to either or both of us with questions about our clinical, research, and educational programs.  We look forward to talking with you!

Marina Martin, MD, MPH, Geriatric Medicine Section Clinical Chief

Deborah Kado, MD, MS, Geriatric Medicine Section Research Chief

Marina Martin, MD, MPH

Clinical Section Chief, Geriatric Medicine

Deborah Kado, MD, MS

Research Section Chief, Geriatric Medicine