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Bruce Leff, MD, Chair

Bruce A. Leff, MDDr. Leff is a board-certified internist and geriatrician and Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Department of Community and Public Health.

He is the Director of the Center for Transformative Geriatric Research. His principal areas of health services research relate to the development, evaluation and dissemination of innovative models of health service delivery for older adults, issues related to the care of people with multiple chronic conditions, the development of quality indicators for home-based medical care, guideline development and case-mix issues. He is the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Dr. Leff has a strong interest in health policy and is a recent health and aging policy fellow and has served on multiple National Quality Forum and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Technical Expert Panels. Dr. Leff cares for patients in the acute, ambulatory and home settings.

A member of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)'s Council, Dr. Leff is Chair of the ABIM Geriatric Medicine Board. He directs the medicine clerkship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has received multiple awards for his teaching and mentorship. He is a past-member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians, as well as past-President and current board member of the American Academy of Home Care Physicians.

Dr. Leff received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine and completed residency in primary care internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and a fellowship in geriatric medicine and gerontology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore.

As of February 2020, Dr. Leff reported the following external relationships:

Dr. Leff holds a license on Hospital at Home, with income related to licensing technical materials to health systems, receiving royalties, paid to Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Leff serves in significant roles with the following organizations, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, Member of Board of Directors, receiving reimbursement for travel.
  • American Academy of Home Care Physicians, Member of Board of Directors, receiving reimbursement for travel.
  • American Board of Medical Specialties, Vision Commission Member, receiving reimbursement for travel.
  • Ascension Health, Member of the Quality Committee to the Board of Directors, receiving reimbursement for travel.
  • American College of Physicians, Annals of Internal Medicine Editorial Board Member, without compensation.

Dr. Leff reported receiving grant funding for salary support, staff and project expenses from The Commonwealth Fund, the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, John A. Hartford Foundation, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, West Health Institute, and California Healthcare Foundation, all paid to Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Leff reported receiving honoraria from the following for-profit healthcare companies: Honor, Dispatch Health, Medically Home, and Apple.

Joyce Dubow, MUP

Joyce Dubow, MUPMs. Dubow retired from a 40-year professional career in health care that included positions in advocacy, public policy, health plan leadership, and government service. She now represents the consumer perspective on the Geriatric Measures Advisory Panel of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and on other ad hoc health-related initiatives.

Prior to her retirement in 2015, Ms. Dubow was a Senior Principal for health policy and strategy in AARP's office of the executive vice president for policy and strategy. She had responsibility for a portfolio related to AARP's health care reform initiatives with a focus on health care quality, health information technology, consumer decision making, and private health plans in the Medicare program.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Dubow was the Director for Policy and Legislation in the federal Office of Health Maintenance Organizations at the Department of Health Education and Welfare (HEW). Prior to HEW, she was the executive vice president of the Georgetown University Community Health Plan, a university-sponsored prepaid group practice plan.

Ms. Dubow served on numerous multi-stakeholder groups that focused on improving the quality and delivery of health care services, such as the board of directors of the National Quality Forum (NQF); NCQA's Committee on Performance Measurement and its Standards Committee; the National Advisory Committee for Aligning Forces for Quality of the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation; and the board of directors of the Center for Advancing Health. Ms. Dubow is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Geriatric Medicine Board. She remains on the Board of the Informed Patient Institute.

Ms. Dubow holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a master's of urban planning degree from Hunter College of the University of the City of New York.

As of August 2019, Ms. Dubow reported the following external relationships:

Ms. Dubow serves in significant roles with the following organizations, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • Informed Patient Institute, Board Member, without compensation.
  • National Committee for Quality Assurance, Geriatrics Measurement Advisory Panel Member, without compensation.

Jessica L. Kalender-Rich, MD

Jessica Kalender RichDr. Kalender-Rich is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She also serves as the Thread Content Leader for the Geriatrics Curriculum for the medical school and on the Clinical Competency Committees for training programs in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Kalender-Rich also sits on the Exam Item Review Committee with reviews biometrics and edits all exam items for the medical school. Her clinical practice is primarily in skilled nursing facilities with a focus on transitions of care and systems-based care of frail and high-risk patients. She also serves as the Post-Acute Medical Director for Transitions of Care for The University of Kansas Health System, which partners with community organizations from all levels of post-acute care to maximize quality care for all patients as they move through the healthcare system.

As of September 2019, Dr. Kalender-Rich reported the following external relationships:

  • She is the medical director of two local for-profit skilled nursing facilities
  • She is the medical director of post-acute care for the University of Kansas Health System.
  • She services as a thread content monitor for geriatric education for the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
  • She is also a recipient of a medical alumni innovative teaching internal grant.

Sharon A. Levine, MD

Sharon A. Levine, MDDr. Levine is a board-certified internist and geriatrician and Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, where she previously served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She is currently the Director of Geriatric Educational Innovations in the Geriatrics Section.

Dr. Levine is also the Program Director for the geriatric medicine fellowship and co-directs the geriatric oncology fellowship. She was the Principal Investigator on the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded Geriatric Training for Physicians, Dentists, and Behavioral and Mental Health Providers. Additionally, she provides clinical care for homebound elders and teaches students and fellows as part of the Boston University Geriatrics Services Home Care Program.

Among her many significant contributions to geriatrics education, Dr. Levine created Boston University's Chief Resident Immersion Training in the Care of Older Adults. The program focuses on providing chief residents with knowledge and confidence to practice and teach geriatrics and to develop leadership and teaching skills needed in their chief resident roles. The program has been disseminated to 33 institutions and more than 1,400 chief residents nationwide with support from the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Hearst Foundations and the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

Dr. Levine is a member of the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees and a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Geriatric Medicine Board. She has also been a member of the ABIM Council and Chair of the ABIM Geriatric Medicine Board Exam Committee. In addition, she recently served on the HRSA Advisory Committee for Interdisciplinary and Community-based Linkages. Dr. Levine is a fellow of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and is a member of its Board of Directors. She was awarded the AGS's Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Award in 2011 for her outstanding leadership in advancing geriatrics education in health professions schools. She is also the winner of Boston University's prestigious Metcalf Cup and Prize, the Society of General Internal Medicine's New England Educator of the Year award, and the Boston University Department of Medicine's Robert Dawson Evans Special Recognition Teaching Award. Dr. Levine has served on numerous national education committees and has supported and inspired trainees at all levels. She has authored peer-reviewed publications that focus on the dissemination of innovative teaching models and faculty development programs in geriatrics.

She received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

As of January 2017, Dr. Levine reported the following external relationships:

Dr. Levine serves in significant roles with the following organization, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • American Geriatrics Society, Board of Directors, receiving reimbursement for travel and per diem for attending board meetings.

Sunny Linnebur, PharmD

Sunny LinneburDr. Linnebur is a Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Since 2001, Dr. Linnebur has provided clinical pharmacy services in geriatrics at the University of Colorado Hospital Seniors Clinic, where she also precepts pharmacy students and residents. Her research and clinical areas of interest include transitions of care, cardiovascular disease, health promotion, osteoporosis, vitamin D, dementia, and urologic disorders. She is an active member of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) where she serves on the Expert Panel for the AGS Updated Beers Criteria® and is the current Board Chair and past President. Dr. Linnebur is also a member of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties Geriatric Specialty Council.

Dr. Linnebur graduated with her doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas in 1999 with highest distinction. She then completed a PGY1 residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Denver, Colorado and a PGY2 primary care residency at the University of Colorado.

As of September 2019, Dr. Linnebur reported the following external relationships:

Dr. Linnebur serves in significant roles with the following organizations, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • Board of Pharmacy Specialties, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • American Geriatrics Society, Board Member, AGS Beers Criteria Panel Member, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses and honoraria.
  • Colorado Access, receiving honoraria.

Grant funding for salary support, paid to the University of Colorado, from the following non-profit healthcare-related organization:

  • National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Linnebur also reported receiving honoraria and reimbursement for travel expenses for presentations given at the University of Rochester, American Pharmacists Association, University of Colorado, and University of Utah.

Melissa D. Morgan-Gouveia, MD

Melissa D. Morgan-Gouveia, MDDr. Morgan-Gouveia is a board- certified internist and geriatrician. She is a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at the Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware. She holds a part-time faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Morgan-Gouveia is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Geriatric Medicine Board. She serves on the American Geriatrics Society Clinical Practice and Models of Care Committee, and the Clinical Competency Committee for the Christiana Care Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Morgan-Gouveia received a bachelor's degree in biology and psychology from the University of Richmond, graduating summa cum laude with honors in psychology. She earned her medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and did her primary care general internal medicine residency at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She completed her geriatrics fellowship in the clinician educator track at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

As of July 2019, Dr. Morgan-Gouveia reported the following external relationships:

Dr. Morgan-Gouveia serves in significant roles with the following organizations, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • American Geriatrics Society, Clinical Practice and Models of Care Committee Member, without compensation.

Jeffrey Schlaudecker, MD

Jeffrey Schlaudecker, MDDr. Schlaudecker is a family physician, a geriatrician and Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in the Office of Geriatric Medicine. He also serves as the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program Director and Medical Director of The Christ Hospital Acute Care for Elderly Unit and directs a third and fourth-year geriatric medicine elective rotation at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Geriatric Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Schlaudecker was named the Kautz Family Endowed Chair of Geriatric Medicine Education at the University of Cincinnati in 2014.

He became interested in patient and family-centered care early in his training, and his question of how to apply interprofessional bedside rounding techniques to his geriatric patients served as the basis for his current U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration Geriatric Academic Career Award and research support from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine's Geriatric Medicine Board.

Dr. Schlaudecker majored in human communication science at Northwestern University and studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Following residency training in family medicine and a clinical fellowship in geriatric medicine, he began working with The Christ Hospital/University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Residency Program and Geriatric Medicine Fellowship as a geriatric hospitalist in 2007. He also completed his master's degree in education with a focus on adult learning theory in 2013.

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As of May 2020, Dr. Schlaudecker reported the following external relationships:

Grant funding for salary support from not-for-profit healthcare-related organizations, paid to the University of Cincinnati, from the following companies:

  • Health Resources and Sources Administration, serving as the principal investigator for a primary care transformation enhancement, a primary care faculty fellowship program, and Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Addiction: A Curriculum for Primary Care Providers and Residents.

Dr. Schlaudecker also reviews medical charts and provides expertise related to medico-legal opinions for defense and plaintiff legal counsel.

Lisa Walke, MD

Lisa WalkeDr. Walke is the Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine for the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. Under her leadership, the division is developing clinical, research and educational programs that will foster Penn's development into an Age-Friendly Health System. Dr. Walke's scholarship focuses on improving health outcomes for older adults through the implementation and evaluation of innovative care delivery models. Previously, Dr. Walke was on faculty at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Walke is board certified in Geriatric Medicine.

In addition to her work locally, Dr. Walke is active in geriatrics on a national scale. She is a member of the American Geriatrics Society Clinical Practice and Models of Care Committee and a board member of the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs.

She was named a fellow of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) in 2014 and received the AGS Outstanding Mid-Career Clinician Educator of the Year award in 2017.

Dr. Walke earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Harvard University, her medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine ,and her master's degree in healthcare administration from the University of New Haven. She completed her internal medicine residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a three-year fellowship in Geriatric Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at Yale University.

As of September 2019, Dr. Walke reported the following external relationships:

Dr. Walke serves in significant roles with the following organization, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • American Geriatrics Society, Clinical Practice and Models of Care Committee Member, Association of Geriatric Academic Programs Member, without compensation.

Grant funding for salary support, paid to the University of Pennsylvania, by the following nonprofit healthcare-related organization:

  • Health Resources and Services Administration, receiving funding for a geriatric workforce enhancement program.