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About Us For Patients and their Families Office of Geriatric Research Medical Education Newsletter
Welcome to the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology

The Division's mission is to promote excellence in geriatric care through clinical services, research, and education. Designated a National Center of Excellence by the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Division's outstanding physicians and faculty are committed to enhancing quality care for older adults. Our interdisciplinary team embraces a comprehensive approach to aging as reflected in our diverse areas of interest and research, including pain management, physician-patient communication, palliative care, elder abuse, caregiving, and environmental geriatrics.

We welcome you to explore our site.

Ronald D. Adelman, MD and Mark S. Lachs, MD, MPH


Emile Roy Corey Professorship in Geriatrics and Gerontology

Ronald D. Adelman, M.D. Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College and Co-Chief, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center was the first recipient of the Emilie Roy Corey Professionship in Geriatrics and Gerontology.

$2 Million National Institute on Aging Grant Funds Pain Management for NYC Seniors

Weill Cornell Medical College received a $2 million grant to fund an Edward R. Roybal Center for Research on Applied Gerontology, one of 12 such centers nationally. The grant created the Translational Research Institute for Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL), a multi institutional and interdisciplinary collaboration focusing on implementing innovative strategies for improving pain management among older adults. TRIPLL Director Cary Reid, MD, PhD, is a Joachim Silbermann Family Clinical Scholar in Geriatric Palliative Care and a practicing physician at our Irving Sherwood Wright Center on Aging at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

NYC Elder Abuse Center (NYCEAC)

The Division of Geriatrics has taken the lead role in developing the highly collaborative NYC Elder Abuse Center (NYCEAC). A partnership of NYC's government and non-profit agencies, NYCEAC provides a streamlined and rapid response to complex elder abuse cases through its multidisciplinary teams; works to educate professionals, key decision-makers and elected officials about elder abuse; and seeks to improve legislation and policies to better protect the safety and well-being of NYC's older adults. Risa Breckman, LCSW, is the Executive Director of NYCEAC and Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine; Mark Lachs, MD, MPH is the Medical Director of NYCEAC and Co-Chief of the Division.

The Liz Claiborne Center for Humanism in Medicine

Under the Divisions' leadership, The Liz Claiborne Center for Humanism in Medicine (LCCHM) is conceived as an educational center for health care professionals and trainees in multiple disciplines. Its mission is to enhance and integrate the awareness, attitudes, knowledge, and skills of the principles of palliative care, and to promote the profile and practice of medical humanism, throughout the institution. Randi R. Diamond, MD, is the Founding Director of the Center.

LCCHM is a co-sponsor of the ASCENSUS Journal of Humanities, a new annual publication of the tri-institutional community. ASCENSUS explores and showcases how creative contemplation can elevate the practice and study of medicine. It is an opportunity to share thoughts and perspectives that highlight not only the art of medicine but the artistry within this medical community.

Click here to dowload the ASCENUS Journal of Humanities.

National Alzheimer's Recognition Award, winner of the 2010 National Alzheimer's Recognition Award, is the Division's multimedia website that helps caregivers learn strategies to better care for people with dementia, especially how to adapt the home environment to meet their behavioral and physical needs. The award was sponsored by the National Alliance for Caregiving. Rosemary Bakker, MS, ASID, is the Director of Division Co-Chiefs Mark Lachs, MD, MPH and Ronald D. Adelman M.D., along with faculty member Risa Breckman, LCSW, are Advisory Board Members.

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