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 nearly three decades, we have built one of the largest academic geriatrics programs in the United States. We have robust clinical programs on three campuses — The Mount Sinai Health System, the Jewish Home and Hospital, and the James J. Peters VA Medical Center — for inpatient and outpatient geriatrics, palliative care, long-term care, and home-based care.

Nationally and internationally recognized as models for improving care, quality of life, and the training of the next generation of physicians and researchers, our programs include:

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

Our research programs in geriatrics and palliative medicine, along with the Division of Experimental Diabetes in Aging, have advanced our goal of strengthening the science of clinically relevant issues related to aging. Our outstanding postdoctoral and continuing education programs, including a large training program for 20 fellows, have enabled us to 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 have enabled us to extend geriatrics education and training to health care professionals in all disciplines and at other medical institutions throughout the country. We value the support we have received from them, other foundations, and the 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 meeting the needs of this aging population by providing academic excellence, quality patient care, and interdisciplinary collaboration to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients, their families, and caregivers. I invite you to learn more about the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine on this website 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

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