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Geriatrics, Gerontology & Palliative Care Grand Rounds

The UC San Diego Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology & Palliative Care hosts a monthly Grand Rounds. This series takes place every 1st Tuesday of the month from 12:00–1:00 p.m.


To provide needs-based education for physicians and health care providers to improve knowledge, competence, and performance and enable the optimum provision of health care.


  • Employ geriatric medicine, gerontology, and palliative care principles for maximizing patient health and enhancing patient care.
  • Discuss current assessments, management techniques, and treatment recommendations available for different geriatric conditions and for those with serious illness at any stage of disease.
  • Identify patient-centered and system-wide strategies designed to improve quality of care and reduce iatrogenic events.
  • Distinguish differences in care guidelines for older vs younger patients.
  • Recognize the role of social determinants of health and how they can impact care and decision-making.


Special Edition: Fellowship Presentation schedule in May–June 2024.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have moved our Grand Rounds to a virtual webinar format. Contact for log-in information.

Upcoming Speakers




May 28, 2024

Special Presentation: Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows

Dr. Lutetia Li: "Pain Management of Oral Mucositis"

Dr. Annie Weisner: "The SHINE History: Connecting Residents and Children with Sever Neurologic Impairment Using a Novel Personal History Tool"

June 6, 2024

Special Presentation: Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow & Geriatric Medicine Fellow

Dr. Eric Leslie: "Dexmedetomidine for Refractory Pain and Agitation at the End of Life"

Dr. Mayra Bugarin: Topic TBA

June 11, 2024

Special Presentation: Geriatric Medicine Fellows

Dr. Kathryn Dere: Topic TBA

Dr. Jennifer Kim: Topic TBA

Previous Speakers




May 21, 2024

Special Presentation: Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows

Dr. Matt Mason: "Medical Aid in Dying: Why, How, and When"

Dr. Iris Vuoung: "Process Group: A Structured Approach to Reduce Burnout Among Physicians in Training"

May 14, 2024

Special Presentation: Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows

Dr. Theodore Roper: "The Multidisciplinary Palliative Care Approach to Sickle Cell Disease"

Dr. Sean Posado: "Palliative Approaches to Deprescribing"

May 7, 2024

Lindsey Yourman, MD, San Diego County

The First 500 Days in the Life of the Inaugural Chief Geriatrics Officer in San Diego and the Nation

April 2, 2024

Roland Thorpe, PhD, MS, Johns Hopkins

Dementia and Race Among Older Black and White Men

March 5, 2024

Kristine Blackwood

Translating Research and Clinical Experience into Improved Health and Aging Policy

February 6, 2024

Tammie E. Quest, MD, FAAHPM

Inequity in Palliative and End of Life Care: Are we making any Progress?

January 9, 2024

Alice Chen, DO

Treating the Whole Person: An Osteopathic and Intergative Approach in Geriatrics and Palliative Care


December 5, 2023

Melody Schiaffino, PhD, MPH

The State of the Science on the Delivery of Cancer Care to Diverse Older Adults

November 7, 2023

Michelle Sexton, ND

Eat, Sleep, Relax, Forget, Protect:  The Endocannabinoid System Across the Lifespan

October 3, 2023

Cassandra Vieten, PhD

 Mindfulness and Mental Well-Being in Older Adults

September 5, 2023

Alexander Smith, MD, MPH, MS (UCSF) 

 ePrognosis, the GeriPal Podcast, JAGS, and more!

August 1, 2023

Dr. Annie Nguyen

Advance care planning considerations for people aging with HIV

June 6, 2023

Geriatrics Fellowship Presentations

12:00 p.m. Belicia Ding "Getting Older"

12:30 p.m. Karun Single "Involuntary Weight Loss"

May 30, 2023 

Palliative Care Fellowship Presentations

12:00 p.m. Stephanie Schmitt "These are Some Big Kids: Reflections of a Pediatrician in Adult Medicine"

12:30 p.m. Rachel Cohn "Humanism in Medicine: How to Keep the Human in Medicine"

May 23, 2023

Palliative Care Fellowship Presentations

12:00 p.m. Dr. Debra Yeh "Pediatric Grief"

May 16, 2023

Palliative Care Fellowship Presentations

12:00 p.m. Dr. Jennifer Dunlap "Art and Medicine"

12:30 p.m. Dr. Conner Olsen "Disparities in the End-Of-Life Care"

May 9, 2023

Palliative Care Fellowship Presentations

12:00 p.m. Dr. Michael Gabriel "Motivational Interviewing in Palliative Care"

12:30 p.m. Dr. Brandon Perkovich "LGBTQ Issues in Caring for the Seriously Ill"

April 4, 2023

 Dr. Brent Mausbach

Pleasant Events Program (PEP) – A brief Behavioral   Activation Therapy for Caregivers

March 7, 2023

Tammy Rubenzik

Dialysis Decision Making

February 7, 2023

 Dr. Tala Al-Rousan

Displaced Older Adults: Crisis, Opportunity or Both

January 3, 2023

Dr. Duke Han, USC

Financial Decision Making in Older Age "It Takes a Village"


December 6, 2022

Dr. Brie Williams, UCSF

ENGAGING IN POLICY-ORIENTED RESEARCH: The Study of Prison “Compassionate Release” Policies

November 1, 2022

Evonne Kaplan-Liss & Val Gefroh 

An Interactive Session focusing on Compassionate Communication in Medicine. 

October 4, 2022

 Dr. Emily Meier

Enhancing Dignity and a Sense of Personhood in Cancer Care 

September 6, 2022

Dr. Mary Lynn McPherson

Deprescribing: When to ‘Let it Go’

August 2, 2022

Terry Altilio, LCSW

A Look Through the Kaleidoscope: The Intersection of Pain, Word Choice & Inequities.

June 14, 2022

 Dr. Ruth Goodson

VSED: voluntary stopping eating and drinking

June 14, 2022

 Dr. Rhianon Liu

An Introduction to Integrative Palliative Care

 June 7, 2022

 Dr. Elizabeth Li

The Last Uber: Funeral Traditions in San Diego

 June 7, 2022

 Dr. Jennifer Li

Polypharmacy and Deprescribing in Geriatric Patients

May 31, 2022

Dr. Amy Picone

Buprenorphine for Pain Management

May 31, 2022

Dr. Donnie Moore 

Overview and updates on End of Life Options Act

May 24, 2022

Dr. Sheila Bhavsar

Involuntary Weight loss in Older Adults

 May 24, 2022

Dr. Rachael Petry

Barriers to Osteoporosis Treatment

May 17, 2022

Dr. Kevin Yang

Legacy Making Interventions

May 17, 2022

Dr. Alexa Chavez

Treating Fatigue in Advanced Cancer

April 5, 2022

Dr. Rinaldo Gonzales

Many Hands Make Light(er) Work: Mid-Career and Alternative Pathway for Hospice/Palliative Medicine Fellowship

March 1, 2022

Dr. Wendy Anderson

Elephants and Blind Men: Collaborative Identification of Frailty and the Role of Geriatric Medicine

Feb. 1, 2022

Dr. Kimberly Curseen

Communication Skills Training in 60 Minutes or Less

Jan. 4, 2022

Dr. Christina Vaughan

Managing the Intersection Between Implicit Bias, Healthcare Disparities, and Ourselves


CME Accredited: The University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: For the purposes of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. For the purpose of re-licensure, the California Board of Registered Nursing accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ (report up to 1 hour of credit and list "CME Category 1" as the provider number).


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Sasha Weiss