Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, established in 1982 as the first department of geriatrics at an American medical school. Over the course of more than three decades, we have built one of the largest academic geriatrics programs in the United States. We have robust clinical education programs within The Mount Sinai Health System’s seven campuses and at our affiliates including the Jewish Home and Hospital and the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. Our programs span inpatient and outpatient geriatrics, palliative care, long-term care, and home-based care.

We are involved with these programs, nationally and internationally recognized as models for improving care, quality of life, and the training of the next generation of physicians and researchers:

Martha Stewart Center for Living
Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute  
The Patty and Jay Baker National Palliative Care Center 
• Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, James J. Peters VA Medical Center

Our research programs in geriatrics and palliative medicine have advanced our goal of strengthening the science of clinically relevant issues related to aging. Our outstanding postdoctoral and continuing education programs, including a fellowship program for more than two dozen fellows, help us maintain our reputation as a center for excellence now and for generations to come.

Long-standing and significant grants from the Brookdale Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation, the John A. Hartford Foundation, and the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation enable us to extend geriatrics education and training to health care professionals in all disciplines at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and at other medical institutions throughout the country. We value the support we have received from these organizations, other foundations, and our grateful patients and their families who have been instrumental in helping us launch these and many other important initiatives.

By 2050, the estimated number of Americans age 75 and older will be 48.8 million. We are firmly committed to helping this aging population achieve the best possible quality of life for themselves, their families, and caregivers through academic excellence, high-quality patient care, and interdisciplinary collaboration. I invite you to learn more about the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine and to contact us if you have any questions.

Albert L. Siu, MD, MSPH
Ellen and Howard C. Katz Chairman’s Chair in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Director, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, James J. Peters VA Medical Center