Assistant Professor Medicine Dr. Arun Rao was recently named a recipient of a Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA) by the Federal Bureau of Health Professions. This prestigious KO1 award of $250,000 is given after a national, peer reviewed competition, and is geared specifically to outstanding young geriatricians seeking to develop their careers in geriatric medical education.
Dr. Rao was recently recruited to the geriatrics faculty from the University of Michigan, one of the country's foremost aging centers, where he was chief geriatric medicine fellow .A native of New Jersey, Dr. Rao is assistant director of the geriatric medicine fellowship program at Cornell, and has an interest in culturally competent end of life care, and educational methodology. Dr. Rao plans to use the award to develop an innovative case based teaching program for fellows, as well as novel end-of-life curricular materials that are relevant to a variety of cultures.
"I'm delighted to have been asked to join the Weill Cornell Faculty" said Dr. Rao in a recent interview. "Cornell's unusual momentum in aging research and clinical care is well known nationally, and I'm honored to be a part of it".
In addition to his educational role, Dr. Rao is an exceptional clinician who also maintains a practice at the Wright Center on Aging, Cornell's ambulatory geriatrics practice.