Geriatric Medicine Fellowship

Geriatrics Program Recognition

Stanford Health Care - Geriatric Trauma Program
is recognized by Institute for Healthcare Improvementas (IHI) an Age-Friendly Health System - Committed to Care Excellence

Palo Alto Health Care System- Outpatient Geriatrics Consult Clinic is recongized by IHI as an Age-Friendly Health System - Committed to Care Excellence for our veterans

Message from our Program Director

Dr. Vinita Gidvani Shastri

Message from the Program Director

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Stanford University/VA Palo Alto Health Care System Geriatric Medicine Fellowship!  Although our fellowship has been in place since the 1980s, Stanford Medicine and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System have developed even stronger clinical, research, and quality improvement programs since the establishment of a formal Geriatric Medicine Section within the Stanford Department of Medicine in 2015.   As a former fellow myself and as a current faculty member, I am grateful for the education and mentorship this program has provided me and am thrilled to continue the tradition of excellence in clinical care and innovation that have long been the foundation of this program. 

My aim is to cultivate a diverse group of leaders in the field of Geriatric Medicine who are compassionate, clinically skilled, effective communicators with a passion for the care of older adults across the continuum. We recognize that the onus is on us as a small community of geriatricians to not just care for the patient in front of us, but to spread our knowledge throughout medicine to ensure that our growing population of older adults receives the optimal care we would want for our ourselves and our loved ones.  

Through our strong history and ties with the VA Palo Alto GRECC, we are also proud to offer advanced Geriatric Medicine fellowship training for an additional two years for those who are interested in aging research and pursuing an academic career in Geriatric Medicine.

We hope this website gives you a clearer picture of what our program has to offer.  We strive for continuous improvement and innovation in our program to ensure fellows have a strong start to careers that will be personally fulfilling and lead to advancement in the care of older adults.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions, ideas, or opportunities for collaboration.


Dr. Vinita Gidvani Shastri, Fellowship Program Director 

A Message from our recent Geriatrics Fellowship Graduates

Geriatric Medicine Clinical Core Curriculum Seminar Series

Healthcare professionals and researchers are invited to attend our weekly seminars that cover a broad range of topics in Geriatric Medicine.

Time & Locaion:

TUESDAYS 3:00-4:00PM
3801 Miranda Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304
Building 4, Room C-260 (2nd Floor), GRECC

Topics include:

  • Chronic low back pain
  • Dementia/Cognitive Impairment
  • Frailty/Weight Loss
  • Polypharmacy
  • Conservatorship
  • Depression
  • Hospice/Palliative Care
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Covered California/Medicare
  • Fall Prevention and Falls
  • Insomnia
  • and much more!



Dr. Vinita Gidvani Shastri

Vinita Gidvani Shastri, MD

Program Director

Tiffany Nguyen

Tiffany Nguyen

Fellowship Coordinator