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Presented to outstanding teachers for their dedication and commitment to geriatric education, the Geriatrics Teacher of the Year Award recognizes physicians and healthcare professionals for their geriatrics teaching excellence.
This annual award honors a physician and a healthcare professional who have made significant contributions to the education and training of learners in geriatrics and to the progress of geriatrics education across the health professions. They have demonstrated leadership and inspired learners to better the care of older adults and have contributed to the growth of geriatrics in their professions.
The Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division held their annual fall program on Thursday, November 9th at the University Club in Pittsburgh. Over 70 internists, family practitioners, geriatricians, geriatric psychiatrists, pharmacists, nurses, nursing home administrators, social workers attended the evening dinner program.
The annual fall program, which began in 2003, has been a popular and well-respected program attracting distinguished guest speakers, comprised of both national and local faculty. This year was no exception, as the Society welcomed Toren Finkel, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Director, Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Finkel has made seminal contributions to our understanding of aging and his lab’s research focuses on the role of cellular metabolism and oxidative stress in aging and age-related diseases. He is the author or coauthor of more than 200 publications. According to Google Scholar, Finkel ranks as the 12th most highly cited author in aging and the 11th most cited in cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Finkel presented, Geroscience and the Promise of Eternal Youth. The presentation focused on recent discoveries in the field of Geroscience, which aims to explain biological mechanisms of aging, and have provided insights into molecular processes that underlie biological aging and, perhaps more importantly, potential interventions to delay aging and promote healthy longevity. Dr. Finkel shared some of these advances, along with efforts to move Geroscience from the bench to the clinic.
The society gratefully acknowledges support for the program from the following:
Eric Rodriguez, MD, University of Pittsburgh, Division of Geriatrics, has been chosen as the Caregiver Champion for the 9th annual Celebrating Senior Champions Dinner held October 19, 2017, at the Omni William Penn Hotel.
The UPMC Senior Services Caregiver Champion award recognizes an individual who demonstrates an extraordinary ability to take on the challenging job of caregiver for a spouse, relative, or friend who lives at home or in a nursing home while remembering the importance of taking care of his own needs as well. The Caregiver Champion Award is sponsored by UPMC for Life.
Society members previously honored at the Celebrating Senior Champions Dinner include: Grand Champions Fred Rubin, MD, in 2010, Charles F. Reynolds, III, MD, in 2015, and Neil Resnick, MD, in 2016.