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Society Hosts Fall Program – welcomes Toren Finkel, MD, PhD

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.


THANK YOU!

The society gratefully acknowledges support for the program from the following:


 

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2018 Geriatrics Teacher of the Year Nominations Now Open

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.


 

 


 

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POLST Course Presentation in Pittsburgh @ Jewish Healthcare Foundation

Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining TreatmentPOLST
POLST: Doing It Right! Training Course
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Sponsored by Jewish Healthcare Foundation

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Co-sponsored by

University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work

Joint Providership by

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Coalition for Quality at the End of Life (CQEL) of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation


Faculty
Judith S. Black, MD, MHA

Jewish Health Foundation Medical Advisor, National POLST Paradigm Task Force Member, Clinical Associate Professor University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Marian Kemp, RN, BSBA

POLST Coordinator, Coalition for Quality at the End of Life

Libby Moore, LSW, DHCE

Palliative Care Coordinator, Heritage Valley Health System

Frank A. Petrich, Esq., CFP®, CELA
Elder Law Offices of Frank A. Petrich,
Of Counsel, Gray Elder Law

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3rd Annual Controversies in Geriatric Medicine program

The Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division welcomed over 50 attendees at the 3rd annual Controversies in Geriatric Medicine program held June 22nd at the Herberman Conference Center, Pittsburgh, PA. The program was made possible with sponsorship from: Abbott Nutrition, Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh, AHN Healthcare@Home, Gilead, Medtronic Inc., navihealth (a Cardinal Health Company), Optum, and Sanofi.

“Who Might Benefit from TAVR for Aortic Stenosis?” presented the case of a 91-year old woman with critical aortic stenosis who is now becoming symptomatic. She has mild cognitive and functional impairments and is largely homebound, but enjoys her life and her family and is interested in continuing her present status. The presentation focused on would she be a candidate for a transaortic valve replacement (TAVR)?

Moderator for the evening was PAGS-WD President, Fred Rubin, MD. Leading the panel discussion were Rachel Jantea, MD, geriatric medicine fellow, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Pittsburgh and John Schindler, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Cardiologist, UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute; Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Jantea provided an overview of the case and engaged the audience with questions for their consideration during her lecture. She also updated the audience on the outcome and status of the patient. Dr. Schindler’s presentation focused on TAVR and included an overview of the minimally invasive procedure, which repairs the aortic valve in patients with severe aortic stenosis. The treatment greatly improves the quality of life for those who suffer from aortic stenosis, which affects as many as 500,000 people in the U.S. The condition can interfere with daily activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. Previously, a patient’s only option was to have open-heart surgery to replace the aortic valve, but the procedure often was deemed too risky for elderly patients, who are most prone to the condition. In his comments, Dr. Schindler addressed that “open heart surgery is not the ideal option for every patient. TAVR provides an additional aortic valve replacement option for high-risk patients who would benefit from a less-invasive procedure.” A lively discussion from panelists and audience members concluded the presentation.

Thank you to our event sponsors!

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