The Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology was privileged to bring Lewis Lipsitz, MD, a nationally recognized leader in geriatric medicine and research, to Weill Medical College as a Visiting Professor on April 22.
This renowned geriatrician wears a number of hats. He has spent most of his career at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged, where he currently serves as Vice President for Academic Medicine and Co-Director of the Research and Training Institute, and holds the Irving & Edith Usen and Family Chair in Medical Research. He is a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Aging at Harvard Medical School, and he is also Chief of the Division of Gerontology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
Dr. Lipsitz's research interests are just as varied: falls, fainting, blood pressure regulation, cognitive dysfunction, and improving long-term care for the disabled elderly. He has published 120 original research papers, 24 review articles, and 27 textbook chapters, and he co-edited Quality Care in the Nursing Home.
While at Weill-Cornell, Dr. Lipsitz presented his translational research on "Frailty and Aging: Mathematical Models" at our Geriatrics Grand Rounds at noon. Later that day, the Division hosted a special reception for our distinguished guest at the Griffiths Faculty Club, where faculty, fellows, and medical students from Cornell and Amsterdam Nursing Home listened to him present his clinical research on "Falls and the Elderly." Dr. Lipsitz spent the remainder of his day meeting with members of our geriatrics faculty and fellowship program, exchanging ideas about each other's research and educational endeavors. Dr. Lipsitz also traveled to our Wright Center on Aging to discussing a case of a patient with orthostatic hypotension with our faculty and fellows.
Dr. Lipsitz's visit truly touched a number of our faculty and fellows. Rosemary Bakker, Research Associate in Gerontological Design in Medicine, stated the presentation on falls in the elderly "was one of the best I have ever attended and I will be putting the information to good use. His feedback on my own research was also very illuminating." Dr. Eugenia Siegler, Medical Director of our geriatrics inpatient unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital has "the utmost respect for Dr. Lipsitz. He's at the top of the league - an outstanding researcher, clinician, and educator." Dr. Ronald Adelman, Co-Chief of the Division of Geriatrics, concurs: "Lew is a remarkable and talented geriatrician. We were very excited when Dr. Lipsitz agreed to visit us here in New York."
Dr. Lipsitz found his visit "enjoyable and informative. You have an outstanding, highly committed group of geriatricians and scientists who are making a significant impact on the care of older people and the understanding of age-related disease. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting your faculty and learned a lot from our interactions. Many thanks for an outstanding visit."