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CONTACT: Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: @palliatorVJ Periyakoil, MD, Professor of Medicine; Associate Dean of Research (Geriatrics and Palliative Care), Associate Chief of Staff, VA Palo Alto Health Care System,Founding Director, the Stanford Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program Founding Director, the Stanford Palliative Care Education & Training Program. Founding Director, Stanford RCMAR Center.Director, Stanford VA Palliative Care Interprofessional Fellowship Program. Director, MED343B, Medical Student Cerkship Director, Internal Medicine Housestaff Palliative Care rotation, VAPAHCS Palliative CareDirector, Stanford Community Health Worker (CHW) education program A nationally recognized leader in geriatrics and palliative care, Prof. Periyakoil founded and directs Stanford Medicine's Longevity, Equity, and Aging, Research Consortium (LEARN) (https://aging.stanford.edu) and mentors numerous junior faculty members. She founded and directs the Ethnogeriatrics & Aging Project (http://geriatrics.stanford.edu), the Palliative Care portal (http://palliative.stanford.edu), and the Letter Project (http://med.stanford.edu/letter.html). She is also the PI of a large grant from the State of California to advance multi-cultural aging. Dr. Periyakoil has won many research awards including a young investigator award from the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, a plenary research paper award by the American Geriatrics Society (2014), Ethnogeriatrics Research Poster award (2015), and a research award by the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2015), and an Innovator award from the American Medical Association (2015). Her recent awards include a research paper award from the ABIM Foundation (2021) and the Dr. David H. Solomon Award for Clinical Research in Aging (2022) from UCLA.Dr. Periyakoil served two terms as a standing member of the study section for the National Institute of Aging, and the National Institutes of Health. She has chaired special panel meetings for NIH/NIA and NIH/CSR. She continues to serve as an ad hoc member of the NIA and NIMHD study sections. Dr. Periyakoil is the Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Palliative Medicine, Associate Editor, of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and Associate Director of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. She is the Chair emerita of the Ethnogeriatrics Committee of the American Geriatrics Society and was the founding Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Hospice & Palliative Medicine SEP Committee. She served as a Board member of the Council of Faculty and Societies and founded and served as chair of the Diversity Committee of the American Association of Medical Colleges. Her work is funded by grants from NIH, HRSA, foundations as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs. At the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Dr. Periyakoil is the inaugural Associate Chief of Staff for Organizational Culture and Leadership. In the clinical realm, she co-founded Palliative Care Service and serves as the Director of Out-Patient Palliative Care at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Her research focuses on various aspects of longevity, equity, and aging, for multi-cultural persons across the globe. She has multiple research projects in longevity, ethnogeriatrics, palliative & end-of-life care. She has presented her work at numerous national meetings including the plenary of the American Geriatrics Society, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization. She can be contacted by email (periyakoil at stanford dot edu) or through Twitter: @palliator
The goal of this project is to empower diverse Americans to complete advance care planning using the Letter Project tool, available in eight different languages. The tool has been proven to be effective based on a recently published randomized clinical trial: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28471713
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Research funding from the past few years.2011-2018Funder: Ludwig Gift FundTitle: Cancer Stem Cell Patient Reported Outcomes (CanSR-PRO)Role: PI2011-2018Funder: NIH/NIMHDTitle: In-reach for Successful Aging through Education (iSAGE)Role: PI2014-2018Funder: NIH/NHLBITitle: Technology innovations for supporting health in Alaska Native peopleRole: co-I2015-2020Funder: VA HSR&D QUE 15-288 Title: Implementing Goals of Care Conversations with Veterans in VA LTC SettingsRole: Co-PI (project 1), co-I overall project and Palo Alto VA Site PI2016-2123 Funder: NIMHD/NIH, U54MD010724Title: Trial of strategies to communicate genetic information to different ethnic and racial subpopulationsRole: PINote: This is one of three RO1 projects in the “Stanford Precision Health for Ethnic and Racial Equity (SPHERE) Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center” grant.2017-2020 Funder NIA/NIH Outreach, Recruitment and Education Core, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Role: Core PI2018-2019 Funder: NIMHD/NIH as a Dementia Administrative Supplement of U54MD010724Title: Precision Aging and Dementia care for all Races and Ethnicities (PADRE)Role: Project Lead. 2018-2023 Funder NIA/NIH: P30AG059307 9/30/2018-8/31/2023Stanford Aging Geriatrics and Ethnogeriatrics Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (SAGE Center) Role: Contact PI Periyakoil. 2018-2024 Funder NIA/NIH: RO1AG062239 9/30/2018-8/31/2023 Role: PI Palliative care needs and outcomes for dementia patients2023-2028 Funder NIA/NIH. Role: Contact PI Periyakoil. Longevity, Equity, and Aging Research Consortium (LEARN)2023-2024 Funder: State of California. Role: Contact PI Periyakoil. Longevity, HEalthspan Aging, Dementia, and End-of-life CaRe (LEADER) Program
Supportive Care for Cognitively Impaired Patients and Families
Currently almost 5 million Americans suffer from the distressing symptoms related to dementia
and this number that will triple by 2050. The overall goals of the proposed project are to
evaluate, in community dwelling Alzheimer's Disease Research Center participants the benefits
of a 12-month nurse-led early palliative intervention on symptoms, quality of life, health
care resource use. The relevance of this research to public health is that there is an urgent
need to improve the palliative care of persons with dementia living in the community. This
study will contribute substantially to that effort.
Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial.
For more information, please contact VJ Periyakoil, MD, 6507234000.
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Trial of Strategies to Communicate Genetic Information to Different Ethnic Subpopulations
The goal of this study is to better understand how clinicians give genetic risk information
to patients from multi-ethnic groups and how patients understand this information and
remember it and act upon it. In addition investigators want to know how to better communicate
with patients about complex health issues across the health literacy divide and communication
gap that exists between doctors and their patients.
Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial.
For more information, please contact VJ PERIYAKOIL, MD, 650-493-5000 Ext. 61925.
Comparing the Stanford Letter Project Form to Traditional Advance Directives
Our goal is to compare two types of advance directives forms available in English and Spanish
to determine which is more easy to use for patients.
Stanford Letter or Traditional Advance Directive in Advance Care Planning in Patients Undergoing Bone Marrow Transplant
The purpose of the proposed research study is to evaluate whether bone marrow transplant
patients prefer the Stanford letter advance care planning tool to the standard Advance
Completion of advance care planning prior to BMT is very important, but not often done. The
investigators believe that the Stanford Letter will be preferred by patients and will allow
them to feel more comfortable and share more of their wishes with family members and the