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Geriatric Medicine

John A. Burns School of Medicine
347 N. Kuakini Street HPM-9
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96817
Tel: (808) 523-8461
Fax: (808) 528-1897


K. H. Masaki, MD (Acting Chair)—geriatric medicine
S. Ahsan, MD—geriatric medicine
C. Bell, MD—geriatric medicine
S. Chung, MD—geriatric medicine
J. D. Curb, MD, MPH— geriatric medicine and clinical epidemiology
R. Gries, MD—geriatric medicine
P. Laurel, MD—geriatric medicine
K. Lubimir, MD—geriatric medicine
O. Pishchalenko, MD—geriatric medicine
B. Rodriguez, MD, PhD—epidemiology
E. Somogyi-Zalud, MD—geriatric medicine
B. Tamura, MD—geriatric medicine
A. Wen, MD—geriatric medicine

Degree Offered: MD

The Academic Program

Geriatric medicine is dedicated to the care of older people and to healthy aging throughout life, so that the frailties and disabilities common in older years can be prevented. To provide comprehensive care, geriatrics is often interdisciplinary, and clinical instruction takes place in a wide variety of settings, including outpatient, acute hospital, nursing home, retirement community, home care, rehabilitation, and palliative care settings. As an age-based specialty like pediatric medicine, geriatric medicine includes aspects of internal medicine, pharmacology, psychiatry, adult development, family medicine, neurology, urology, gynecology, rehabilitation, and palliative medicine.

The Department of Geriatric Medicine provides education for: medical students; residents in internal medicine, family medicine, and ob-gyn; fellows in Geriatric Medicine and Geriatric Psychiatry; and practicing physicians. The fully accredited Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program is for physicians who are graduates of either internal medicine or family medicine residency programs. The first year of fellowship training is designed to lead to eligibility for board certification in geriatric medicine. Additional years of fellowship are devoted to research, consultative medicine, medical education, and medical administration.

The Department of Geriatric Medicine is involved in an extensive array of funded research programs, thus providing training and experience in research for students at all levels.

GERI Courses