Skip to main content


Featured News

Anthony MolinaCongratulations to Anthony Molina, PhD, recipient of this year's Geriatrics & Gerontology Exemplary Division Member of the Year Award!
Rabia AtayeeCarlota.DurazoCongratulations to Rabia Atayee, PharmD, BCPS & Carlotta Durazo, LCSW, APHSW-C on being awarded the Palliative Care Values in Action Award!!

Kyle_Edmonds_KP.jpgDr. Kyle Edmonds joins the SOM Committee on Academic Personnel!

The Health Sciences Faculty Council has approved Dr. Kyle Edmonds appointment to the SOM Committee on Academic Personnel (SOMCAP) for the Member At Large position.  The appointment is for a 3-year term beginning September 1, 2022 and ending August 31, 2025. Congratulations Dr. Edmonds!

This years Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) ProgramMSTAR cropped


The Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program is funded by the National Institute on Aging and has been offered at UC San Diego since 2005. Each year, this popular program provides up to 18 medical students from across the nation an opportunity to conduct 8 to 12 weeks of summer research guided by the mentorship of a UC San Diego faculty member.

Dr. Benjamin Han, Dr. Stacy Han (3rd year UCSD Internal Medicine resident) and NYU's Dr. Joseph Palamar publish new paper in The Journal of General Internal Medicine that finds that an estimated 18.6% of US adults with HTN binge drank in the past 30 days & those that did were also more likely to use stimulants. Read the article.

Dr. Ian Neel quoted in Neurology Advisor in an article discussing the link between dementia and COVID. Read the article.

Khai NguyenDr. Khai Nguyen writes about "The Growing Demand for Age-Friendly Care in the United States for Communitee Health Accreditation Partners blog. Read the blog.

Dr. Khai Nguyen was featured with a piece entitled "Opinion: On Dr. Seuss' Birthday, Health Care for 'Obsolete Children' Hasn't Really Changed." Read the article.

Dr. Khai Nguyen has also been featured on Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s age-friendly blog. Read the blog.


Congratulations to our affiliate faculty member, Dr. Melody Schiaffino, on her promotion to Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor in the department of Medicine at the UC San Diego Health Sciences!

Dr. Biren Kamdar, affiliate faculty of our division, was senior author on a paper researching the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of students applying to medical school. Read the article.

ariana-stickel.jpegDr. Ariana Stickel, a funded scientist in our AD-RCMAR program, published findings from a study showing the combination of obesity and cardiovascular factors cause cognitive decline in Latinos. Read the article.

Learn more about how to assess if an older adult needs caregiving help in this AARP article featuring our own geriatricians, Ian Neel, MD and Lindsey Yourman, MD!

Congratulations to Maile Karris, MD, an HIV specialist in our division, who was recently featured in the news discussing Conversation, compassion and community: Planning for healthy futures with HIV!

Did you know that seniors rarely discuss drinking with their doctors? Read the article featuring our own faculty member, Benjamin Han, MD, MPH. Dr. Han has also had his research featured in the news based on his recent study showing that older adults with functional impairment are at higher risk of medical cannabis use, as well as prescription opioid and tranquilizer/sedative use and misuse. Read the news release. Be sure to also read his blog post titled: Does Grandma Really Understand the Potential Risks of Cannabis?

Congratulations to Dr. Marquine for leading a collaborative project aimed at developing neuropsychological normative data for Spanish-speaking adults living in the U.S., titled the Neuropsychological Norms for the U.S.-Mexico Border Region in Spanish (NP-NUMBRS). Her work will benefit many patients and clinicians working with Spanish-speakers in the U.S. This impactful work has been published in a special issue of The Clinical Neuropsychologist. Read the publication.

Dr. Benjamin Han co-edited a special issue of the American Society on Aging's journal Generations focused on substance use and older adults titled, Substance Use Is a Critical Health and Mental Health Issue for Older Adults.




News Archives

UC San Diego Geriatrics Ranked #13 in the Nation!

Thanks to everyone for their part in getting us to this wonderful place! We are proud to be ranked #13 among geriatrics programs in USNWR! Our division’s mission is to optimize the experience of aging through excellence in clinical care, inspired teaching and transformative research. In the last year, UC San Diego became the first healthcare system in San Diego to be recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement as an Age-Friendly, Health System-Committed to Care Excellence and our population health programs keep seniors healthy, supported and safe in their communities.

Dr. Benjamin Han co-edited a special issue of the American Society on Aging's journal Generations focused on substance use and older adults titled, Substance Use Is a Critical Health and Mental Health Issue for Older Adults.


What is the time to benefit of statin therapy for primary prevention of cardiovascular events in adults aged 50 to 75 years?

prescription on a clipboard for statins

Researchers conducted a meta-analysis in hopes of pinning down the time to benefit (TTB) of statin therapy for primary prevention of cardiovascular (CV) events in older adults. Read Dr. Yourman's publication on JAMA Internal Medicine: "Evaluation of Time to Benefit of Statins for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Events in Adults Aged 50 to 75 Years. A Meta-analysis."


Do you want to learn more about the UCSD Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Care?

Division Chief, Alison Moore, M.D., M.P.H., FACP, AGSF and Chief of Clinical Services, Khai Nguyen, M.D., M.H.S. discuss the importance of age-friendly clinical care, the journey that led us to rank #13 among Geriatrics programs in the Nation, and the divsion's teaching and research efforts. Featured on UCSD TV.


San Diego Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging (SD-NSC)

Dr. Molina from the UC San Diego Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Care, along with Rusty Gage, Martin Hetzer and Tatyana Sharpee of Salk Institute, Malene Hansen and Peter Adams of Sanford Burnham Prebys, will lead the key research and development cores of the San Diego Nathan Shock Center (SD-NSC), a consortium with the Salk Institute, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and UC San Diego, to study cellular and tissue aging in humans. The Center is funded by a grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the National Institutes of Health expected to total $5 million over the next 5 years (NIA grant number P30AG068635). Salk Professor Gerald Shadel led the successful grant proposal and is the director of the center. Read more.


Study Finds Older Adults Using Cannabis to Treat Common Health Conditions

Data indicate 61 percent of patients who used cannabis began after age 60. “Pain, insomnia and anxiety were the most common reasons for cannabis use and, for the most part, patients reported that cannabis was helping to address these issues, especially with insomnia and pain,” said Christopher Kaufmann, PhD, co-first author of the study and assistant professor in the Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Care in the Department of Medicine at UC San Diego. Read more.


The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the San Diego Refugees community.

One of our San Diego Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR) Scientists, Dr. Tala Al-Rousan, wrote an article published in the San Diego Union-Tribune. Read more.


cannibidiol buds and extract next to elderly hands

Reasons older individuals are turning to marijuana

An article published in the April 2020 issue of The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, written by UCSD medical student Kevin Yang, and co-authored by division members, Alison Moore, M.D., Khai Nguyen, M.D., Reva Nafsu, RN, and Christopher Kaufmann, Ph.D., explores the reasons older individuals are turning to marijuana. Read more.


Senior living facilities restrict readmission to prevent coronavirus

April 2, 2020 in San Diego, California (Eduardo Contreras / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Our Clinical Services Chief, Dr. Khai Nguyen has been featured in an article from the San Diego Union-Tribune regarding senior living facilities restricting readmissions to prevent COVID-19 spread. Read the article.


We don’t know enough about Latinos and Alzheimer’s, and that’s a huge problem.

by Hector Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Neurosciences at UC San Diego to L.A. Times. Feb 19, 2020. Read the article.


10 Priorities for a Decade of Action on Healthy Ageing, by the World Health Organization.

The 10 Priorities provide the concrete actions that are needed to achieve the objectives of the WHO Global strategy and action plan on ageing and health. WHO carried out a series of consultations with experts, WHO staff and key stakeholders to identify those actions that would be transformative. Each priority is crucial for getting the world to the point where it can take on a decade of concerted action. Many are inextricably linked and all will require collaboration with many key partners. Healthy Ageing will not become a reality without focused global action. These 10 priorities provide the path forward.


UC San Diego Health Part of National Initiative to Improve Senior Patient Care

First in San Diego to implement evidence-based approach to provide high quality of care to seniors

December 02, 2019 | Michelle Brubaker

UC San Diego Health is at the forefront of addressing the complex needs of seniors, recently becoming the first health care system in San Diego to join the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative and be recognized as Committed to Care Excellence by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). The designation acknowledges UC San Diego Health’s implementation of a set of evidence-based interventions designed to improve care for older adults.

UC San Diego Health joins more than 100 health systems across the nation that are part of the initiative. The goal of IHI is for 20 percent of hospitals and health systems in the United States to be recognized as age-friendly by 2020.

The initiative is based on a series of practices known as the four Ms, which focus on addressing essential elements of care for senior patients: What Matters: Knowing and aligning care with each older adult's specific health outcome goals and care preferences across all settings of care. Medication: Prescribing appropriate medications in doses that do not interfere with quality of life. Mentation (Cognitive Function): Preventing, identifying, treating and managing dementia, depression and delirium. Mobility: Ensuring older adults are able to move safely every day, both to maintain normal, healthy functions and to prevent injury. Both cognitive function and mobility can decline significantly for older adults during hospitalization. In an Age-Friendly Health System, evidence-based protocols, such as physical exercises and daily cognitive stimulation, are used to prevent decline and may reduce the length of a person’s hospital stay, plus increase the likelihood that an individual can return home versus transferring to a skilled nursing facility. UC San Diego Health has spearheaded the four Ms at the Medicine for Seniors clinic in La Jolla and Senior Behavioral Health program in Hillcrest, with the goal of implementing the four Ms care approach in other areas of the system.


Benefits and Risks of Alcohol Use in Adults and a Review of Unhealthy Drinking in Older Adults — Research on Aging

Learn more about risks and benefits of alcohol use in older adults from Dr. Alison Moore, Chief, Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Care at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Moore discusses alcohol-medication interactions, comorbidity issues, current research and more. Watch the video.