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Rosanne Leipzig

  • PROFESSOR Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
  • PROFESSOR Population Health Science and Policy
  • PROFESSOR Medicine, Clinical Geriatrics
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  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine

  • Geriatric Medicine

  • American Board of Internal Medicine

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  • MD, Univ. of Michigan Medical School

  • Residency, Internal Medicine
    Strong Memorial Hospital

  • Fellowship, Clin. Pharmocology
    New York Hospital


    Rosanne M. Leipzig, MD, PhD is the Gerald and May Ellen Ritter Professor (tenured) and the Vice Chair for Education of the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. 


    Dr. Leipzig was the recipient of one of the first Brookdale National Fellowships in Geriatric Medicine and was also named one of the first Joy McCann Scholars for exemplary leadership and mentorship in medical education.  She has received the American College of Physicians Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award, the ACP-New York Laureate Award, and the Society of General Internal Medicine Mid-Atlantic Region award for excellence as a clinician-teacher, the 2008 Dennis Jahnigen award from the American Geriatrics Society in recognition of her contributions to geriatrics education nationally, and was the 2008 honoree for the Friends and Relatives of the Institutionalized Aged (FRIA).    She is the chair of the Geriatrics Working Group the United States Preventive Services Task Force.  She recently completed her term on the American Board of Internal Medicine‚Äôs Board of Directors, where she served as chair of the ABIM Subspecialty Board on Geriatric Medicine.

    Dr. Leipzig's research and publications highlight evidence-based treatment for older adults, the use of restraints in hospitalized elderly, and models for teaching geriatrics, chronic care, and evidence-based medicine. Dr. Leipzig is the principal investigator of a grant from the D.W. Reynolds Foundation to improve the training of non-geriatricians in geriatric medicine, and the inventor of the Portal of Online Geriatric Education (, a web-based clearinghouse for geriatric educational materials also supported by the Reynolds Foundation. She is the deputy editor of the 4th edition of Geriatric Medicine, edited by Dr. Christine K. Cassel and the editor-in-chief of Focus on Healthy Aging, a monthly newsletter for consumers.  



Leipzig RM, Cumming RG, Tinetti ME. Psychotropic drugs and falls: a meta-analysis. J Am Geriatr Soc 1999; 47: 30-39.

Leipzig RM, Cumming RG, Tinetti ME. Cardiac and analgesic drugs and falls: a meta-analysis. J Am Geriatr Soc 1999; 47: 40-50.

Leipzig RM, Hyer K, Ek K, Wallenstein S, Vezina ML, Fairchild S, Cassel CK, Howe JL. Attitudes toward working on interdisciplinary health care teams: A comparison by disciplines. JAGS 2002; 50: 1141-1148.

Leipzig RM, Wallace EZ, Smith LG, Sullivant J, Dunn K, McGinn T. Teaching Evidence-Based Medicine: A Regional Dissemination Model. Teaching and Learning in Medicine 2003; 15(3): 204-209.

Thomas DC, Leipzig RM, Smith LG, Dunn K, Sullivan G, Callahan E. Improving Geriatrics Training in Internal Medicine Residency Programs: Best Practices and Sustainable Solutions. Ann Intern Med 2003; 139: 628-634.

Kornitzer B, Manace L, Fischberg D, Leipzig RM. Prevalence of Meperidine Use in Older Surgical Patients. Arch Surg 2006 Jan; 141(1): 76-81.

Ruiz JG, Mintzer MJ, Leipzig RM. The Impact of E-Learning in Medical Education. Acad Med 2006; 81: 1-1.

Minnick AF, Mion LC, Johnson ME, Catrambone C, Leipzig RM. Prevalence and Variation of Physical Restraint Use in Acute Care Settings in the US. Journal of Nursing Scholarship 2007 Aug; First Quarter : 30-37.

Fernandez HF, Callahan KE, Likourezos A, Leipzig RM. Housestaff Awareness of Their Older Inpatients' Risks for Hazards of Hospitalization. Arch Int Med 2008 Feb 25; 168(4): 390-396.

Leipzig RM, Granville L, Simpson D, Anderson B, Sauvigne K, Soriano R. "Don't Kill Granny". A Consensus on Geriatric Competencies for Graduating Medical Students. Academic Medicine 2009 May; 84(5): 604-610.

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Dr. Leipzig did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2015 and/or 2016: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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