Matt Mesias’ GACA award

Congratulations to Matt Mesias, MD, on being awarded the Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA). This award will provide him the protected time to develop a geriatric e-consult service as a method to improve geriatrics education and interprofessional geriatrics training for our clinical partners who care for underserved older adults in our community, specifically engaging the Stanford O’Connor Family Medicine Residency Program and the Ravenswood Family Health network.

Meera Sheffrin’s SHC Medical Staff Innovations in Care award

This is a Stanford Health Care wide award that demonstrates a visionary approach to problem-solving and performance improvement. This individual is highly engaged in improvement projects and actively advocates for positive change.


Congratulations to Dr. Can Chen on receiving the PCPH Fall Award for Outstanding Geriatric Award!

Deborah Kado spoke on Aging and Longevity at the popular Annual Stanford Health Matters 2023 event highlighted below

Thanks to 21st century science, people are living longer. And although it's true that, with age, the risk of chronic disease increases, Deborah Kado, MD, professor of medicine, says people age differently -- there's natural variability in individual health and ability as people get older. Living a longer, healthier life has little to do with supplements or fad longevity treatments.

"I've seen a lot of life-extending supplements come to market in my time, many of which were developed by reputable scientists who take the supplements themselves. None of those scientists are known for extreme longevity," Kado said.

Staying healthy and able in old age has more to do with behavior, Kado said. For instance, patients should practice mobility (safely moving their bodies every day) and mental activity  (prioritizing mindfulness and sleep) that's tailored to individual conditions or recovery protocols. Clinicians should also take care to prescribe only medications that are strictly necessary, Kado said, as increased medication use can be detrimental to the microbiome, the beneficial bacteria that live in the gut and aid digestion. And a healthy gut flora supports healthy aging.

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Stanford Geriatrics ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report

Stanford Health Care’s Geriatrics Section for the first time in history has been ranked in the top 10 of all geriatrics programs across the United States. Since the inception of the Geriatrics Section in Primary Care and Population Health under the leadership of Drs. Sang-kick Chang and Marina Martin in 2015, Stanford Geriatrics has continued to rise in the rankings. In 2021, we were #16, in 2022 we increased to #15, and we are proud to announce that we are #10 in 2023. To achieve such recognition is a reflection of all the hard work and dedication our multidisciplinary teams have put in to improve the health care and outcomes of our older patient population.

Caroline Park, VA Palo Alto GRECC’s advanced geriatrics research fellow

Recognized for her first authored work published in JAMA Trauma Surgery:

“Association Between Implementation of a Geriatric Trauma Clinical Pathway and Changes in Rates of Delirium in Older Adults with Traumatic Injury” was the top scoring submission for this year’s Excellence in Improvement Publication Award by a first-author trainee. This award is presented by Stanford Medicine Center for Improvement (SMCI) Evaluation, Research, Publications and Grant (ERPG) Work Group.

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