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Geriatric Medicine Board

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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.

Carol Cronin, MSG, MSW

Ms. Cronin is the Executive Director of the Informed Patient Institute, an organization she founded in 2007.

Prior to this, she worked as a consultant and advisor to non-profit organizations, foundations and government agencies including the California Endowment, AARP, and Atlantic Philanthropies.

Ms. Cronin was Director of the Center for Beneficiary Services at the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA – now CMS) where she was responsible for the launch of www.medicare.gov among other consumer oriented activities. Prior to CMS, she was Senior Vice President for Health Pages, a New York City–based consumer health information website and worked in leadership positions at the Washington (now National) Business Group on Health.

She chairs the Medical Board Roundtable, a project of the Patient Safety Action Network (https://www.patientsafetyaction.org/medical-board-round-table), and is on the Johns Hopkins Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Council and the hospital's Patient Safety Committee. She has served on numerous other state and national advisory committees and boards including the National Quality Forum, National Committee for Quality Assurance, the American Board of Medical Specialties, Association of American Colleges, the Joint Commission and the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission.

She is also a member of the Board of a family foundation that focuses on organizations serving single mothers, people coming out of prison and climate change. Carol holds an undergraduate degree from Smith College and two master's degrees in social work and gerontology from the University of Southern California.

As of November 2020, Ms. Cronin reported the following ongoing following external relationships:

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

  • National Quality Forum, Board Member, without compensation.
  • Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, Board Member, without compensation.
  • American Board of Medical Specialties, Member, Professionalism Committee, without compensation.
  • Informed Patient Institute, Board Member and Executive Director.
  • Citizen Advocacy Center, Board 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 August 2020, Dr. Kalender-Rich reported the following external relationships:

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

  • Medical Director of two local for-profit skilled nursing facilities.
  • University of Kansas Health System, Medical Director of post-acute care.
  • University of Kansas School of Medicine, Thread Content Monitor for geriatric education.
  • Recipient of a medical alumni innovative teaching internal grant.

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 August 2020, 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.

Thomas Reske, MD, Ph.D

Thomas Reske, MDDr. Reske is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hematology and Oncology. He currently serves in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans as Associate Professor and as Interim Section Chief and Fellowship Program Director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program.  He practices as a staff physician in the Hematology and Oncology Section.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Physician, American Geriatrics Society and completed the Certified Medical Director Certification of The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA).

Dr. Reske completed his medical school in Germany, earning combined medical and doctoral degrees. He completed his internship and residency at State University of New York at Buffalo, New York. He then completed a four year combined geriatrics and hematology/oncology fellowship at Boston University Medical Center.

As of November 2020, Dr. Reske reported the following external relationships:

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

  • Federal Blue Cross Blue Shield, Pharmacy and Medical Policy Committee Advisor, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.

Jorge G. Ruiz, MD

Jorge Ruiz, MDDr. Ruiz is Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, and former Director of the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Geriatric Medicine Fellowship in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is also the Associate Director for Clinical Affairs, and Senior Investigator at the Miami VA Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC).

He is a fellowship-trained geriatrician, board certified in internal medicine, and geriatric medicine. Dr. Ruiz has been involved in geriatrics education at the undergraduate, graduate and continuing professional development levels. Appointed as VA GRECC Associate Director for Clinical Affairs in 2013, he serves in a leadership role in program development that includes a portfolio of innovative clinical demonstration projects related to the care of older adults with frailty and dementia.

He is also the Chair of the Miami VAHS Dementia Committee, Director of the Miami VA Memory Disorders and Falls Prevention clinics and the leader of the Veterans Successful Aging for Frail Elders (VSAFE) program.

His research interests include the study of risks factors for frailty in veterans, the development, implementation and evaluation of care models that aim to reduce the burden of frailty in older Veterans, the use of mesenchymal stem cell therapies to treat aging frailty and Alzheimer's disease, and the development of population-based strategies to prevent dementia. Dr. Ruiz has authored several book chapters and peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Ruiz is an international medical graduate from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru.

As of October 2020, Dr. Ruiz reported following external relationships:

Funding for clinical trial expenses and staff, paid to the University of Miami, from the following companies:

  • Longeveron

Mandi M. Sehgal, MD

Mandi M. SehgalDr. Sehgal is a nationally recognized geriatric medicine clinician-educator, developer of innovative educational programming, and leader of interprofessional teams. She currently serves as the Program Director for the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Florida and is a Clinical Affiliate Professor at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Schmidt College of Medicine. She is board certified in both Family Medicine and Geriatric Medicine.

Dr. Sehgal is the Chair of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Teachers' Section and an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Education and Training Section, and the Teaching and Learning lead for Aquifer Geriatrics, the AGS National Online Curriculum a role in which she works to teach others how to enhance their curricula across the country. In 2020, she was awarded the AGS' Educator of the Year Award for her efforts to advance person-centered care and geriatrics education at both local and national levels.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Sehgal has been a principal and co-investigator on multiple grant funded projects totaling over five million dollars. In 2010, she was awarded a prestigious Geriatric Academic Career Award from the US Bureau of Health Professions. Dr. Sehgal is a champion of providing person centered care ensuring the best quality of life for her older adult patients while maintaining their safety and independence.

Dr. Sehgal attended college and medical school at the University of South Alabama. She completed her residency at Tallahassee Memorial's Family Medicine Residency Program, her geriatric medicine fellowship at the University of Cincinnati, and faculty development fellowship at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. 

As of November 2020, Dr. Sehgal reported the following external relationships:

Work as an author or editor for following companies, with compensation as listed:

  • Wiley-Blackwell, receiving compensation as Associate Editor, Education and Training Section of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
  • Aquifer Geriatrics, Editorial Board Member, receiving a stipend and reimbursement for travel expenses.

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

  • American Geriatrics Society, Teachers' Section Chair, without compensation.

Funding from non-for-profit healthcare-related organization, paid to Aquifer Geriatrics, from the following organizations:

  • Arthur Vining David Foundation, receiving a grant to develop a palliative care course as a co-Principal Investigator for project expenses.

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 October 2020, 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:

  • National Institutes of Health, receiving funding for a National Institute on Aging R01 Administrative Supplement.