2013 Geriatric Update Speakers

8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome

Charles P. Mouton, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Charles Mouton Dr. Mouton is Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and  Dean of the School of Medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also Director and Principal Investigator of the Meharry Consortium Geriatric Education Center. Dr. Mouton is board certified in Family Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatrics. Dr. Mouton is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine, and he completed a family medicine residency at Prince George's Hospital Center, along with a geriatrics fellowship at George Washington Medical Center. Dr. Mouton's major areas of research interest are violence and elderly mistreatment in older women, health promotion, and disease prevention in minority elders (especially exercise in the elder), ethnicity and aging, and quality health care for minorities.

8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Alzheimer's Disease: Past, Present & Future

Steven T. DeKosky, M.D.

Steven DeKoskyDr. DeKosky is Vice President and Dean of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and director of the UVA Alzheimer's Disease Center. From 1992-2008, Dr. DeKosky was at the University of Pittsburgh. During that time, he was Professor and Chair of Neurology (2000-2008) and directed the Pitt Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) from 1994-2008. His research is in Alzheimer's Disease and traumatic brain injury; he directed clinical studies of the breakthrough amyloid-imaging agent Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB) as well as the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded national trial of Ginkgo biloba in dementia prevention. He has served on and led numerous NIH review and advisory committees and was a member of the FDA's Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee. In 2010, he was appointed to the National Advisory Council of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the NIH, and now sits on the Council of Councils (the Common Fund Scientific Advisory Board) for the NIH. Dr. DeKosky served as a member of the national Board of Directors of the Alzheimer's Association, chairing their Medical and Scientific Advisory Council), Strategic Planning Committee, and the Ethics Advisory Board and Public Policy, Finance, and Development Committees. He was a member of the Board of Directors for Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) and is on ADI's Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel, which he chaired from 2003-2006. Dr. DeKosky chaired the AAN Practice Parameters Committee for Early Detection, Diagnosis and Management of Dementia. He was a member of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) from 2003-2010 (Vice President and Neurology Council President 2010).

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Care Across the Continuum: From Evidence to Practice

Christopher M. Callahan, M.D.

Christopher CallahanDr. Callahan is a Research Scientist at the Regenstrief Institute and founding Director of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research. Dr. Callahan's research focuses on strategies to improve the care of older adults in primary care. This research explores systems-level interventions to enable primary care physicians to deliver excellent care to older adults. His specific research interests focus on the recognition and treatment of late-life depression and the care of older adults with dementia.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Personalized Medicine for Geriatric Care: Are We There Yet?

Josh Denny, M.D., M.S.

Josh DennyDr. Denny is currently an assistant professor in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency as a Tinsley Harrison Scholar at Vanderbilt. His interest in medical informatics began while in medical school with the development of a concept-based curriculum database to improve medical education. He currently focuses on applications of algorithms to accurate identify phenotypes from electronic medical record data, and using the electronic medical record to discover genome-phenome associations to better understand disease and drug response. He is past recipient of the American Medical Informatics Association New Investigator and Homer Warner awards. Dr. Denny remains active in clinical care and in teaching medical students. He is married with three boys.

Tricia Thornton-Wells, Ph.D.

Dr. Tricia Thornton-WellsDr. Thornton-Wells is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Human Genomics, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Vanderbilt University. She is an Investigator in the Center for Human Genetics Research and a member of the Vanderbilt Institute of Imaging Science. Dr. Thornton-Wells' research in Alzheimer disease involves the investigation of quantitative MRI biomarkers and the discovery of gene-gene interactions associated with risk for Alzheimer's pathology. She has ongoing studies in adults with Down syndrome, Mild Cognitive Impairment, or a family history of Alzheimer disease and is investigating the cognitive effects of chemotherapy on women with breast cancer.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunchtime Lecture: Legislative Updates Impacting Geriatric Patients & Caregivers

James Powers, M.D.

Dr. James PowersDr. Powers is Associate Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University and Medical Director of the Senior Care Service. He is also Chief of Geriatrics at the VA Hospital, Principal Investigator for the Vanderbilt Geriatric Education Center and an active contributor to the Vanderbilt-Meharry Alliance, serving as a mentor to many Vanderbilt and Meharry medical students. Dr. Powers and his colleagues have developed a Geriatric Program and serve many community agencies fostering services for seniors. Dr. Powers joins us to discuss: The Affordable Care Act and Progress in Addressing Health Disparities.

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease: Implications for Primary Care

Pradumna Singh, M.D.

Dr. Pradumna SinghDr. Singh received his undergraduate degree (M.D. equivalent) from Jaipur, India and he received post-graduate training in Neurology from hospitals in Bombay, India, London, Liverpool, Brooklyn and the Bronx, New York. Dr. Singh held a Fellowship position at Albert Einstein in New York and at The National Hospital and Institute for Neurology at Queen Square, London. He serves as the Chief of Neurology at Meharry Medical College, and is a Neurology faculty member at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as an Epileptologist. As a young man, he was intrigued by the discipline of gerontology during a 6 month stint in a geriatric unit at a district hospital at Colchester in the United Kingdom.

Angela Jefferson, Ph.D.

Dr. Angela JeffersonDr. Angela Jefferson is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Vanderbilt University, Director of the Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer's Center, and a clinical neuropsychologist with more than 15 years of research and clinical experiences in cognitive aging, including mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. She has been the recipient of prestigious research awards at every level of her career, including an NIA-funded Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F32), an NIH-funded Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health Award (K12), an NIA-funded Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging (K23), an Alzheimer's Association National Research Award, and an NIA-funded Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (T32). Dr. Jefferson's research program emphasizes hemodynamic factors underlying the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. These research initiatives are supported by a combination of NIH and foundation funding mechanisms, including the Alzheimer's Association.

Curtis Hagenau, M.D.

Dr. Curtis HagenauDr. Hagenau is a neurologist at Heritage Medical Associates in Nashville, TN. He earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he also completed a residency in neurology and a fellowship in neurodiagnostic medicine. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA degree in biology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN, where he was awarded honors from Phi Beta Kappa as well as recognition as the Phi Delta Theta Scholarship Chairman. He is currently a clinical instructor at the University of Tennessee Internal Medicine Residency Program and Medical Director of the neurovascular lab at Baptist Hospital. He presents his work on numerous neurologic topics—including neck and back pain, neurologic examination, Parkinson's disease, and fibromyalgia—at monthly lectures to an audience of internal medicine residents and faculty. In addition, he is actively involved as a member of numerous professional organizations including the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, American Medical Association, American Academy of Neurology, American Stroke Association, and Tennessee Medical Association. He was elected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Doctors in America survey for several consecutive years. His other awards include the Voted Clinical Instructor of the Year for the University of Tennessee Residency Program.

Diane Gramann, LAPSW, LMSW, ACSW

Diane GramannGramann received her Bachelor of Social Work Degree in Community Organization from East Carolina University and her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in the area of Mental Health. She served as Executive Director for the Alzheimer's Association as well as the Community Resource Center from 1991 until she joined the Mental Health Association (now Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee) in 2010. Gramann now serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Aging and is also a member of CABLE, NASW and the Nashville Psychotherapy Institute.

2:10 - 3:10 p.m. Cardiovascular Health and Memory Loss: the Role of Exercise for Prevention and Treatment

Thomas Obisesan, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Thomas ObisesanDr. Thomas Obisesan received his medical degree from University of Lagos, Nigeria. After residency training in family medicine, he completed a fellowship training in Geriatrics and a master's degree in Public Health, both at George Washington University. He is a Professor and Chief of the Division of Geriatrics, at Howard University College of Medicine, and Director, of Howard Clinical Research Unit. Dr. Obisesan has authored several peer reviewed published papers and book chapters on genetics and cardiovascular disease risk, and their roles in Alzheimer's disease development. His overall goal is to inform Alzheimer's disease risks and prevention. In recognition of his national repute and contribution, Dr. Obisesan received a recognition award from the Alzheimer's Association; serves on the Board of several national, professional, and community organizations; and currently serves on the steering committees the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) and Alzheimer's' Disease Neuroimaging Initiatives.

2:10 - 3:10 p.m. Nutrition and Dietary Interventions Update

Mohamad Sidani, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Mohamad SidaniDr. Sidani received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Following medical school, he completed a residency in Family Medicine at Anderson Memorial Hospital in Anderson, South Carolina, and a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Michigan. He also received a Master's in Clinical Research Design and Bio-statistics from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. Dr. Sidani currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Family and Community Medicine Department at Meharry Medical College. He is also Medical Director at Tennessee State Veterans Home in Murfreesboro, and Faculty Advisor for the Meharry Consortium Geriatric Education Center. Dr. Sidani is a member of several national and local medical societies and he is a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Medicine.

Maciej Buchowski, Ph.D.

Dr. BurchowskiDr. Buchowski received his Ph.D. degree in Nutrition from the Life Sciences University Poznan, Poland and participated in fellowship programs in nutrition at the University of British Columbia and at Cornell University. He is currently a Research Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt and an Adjunct Professor in the Department Family and Community Medicine at Meharry Medical College. Dr. Buchowski's major interest is in preventive health through changes in nutrition and physical activity behaviors. His program includes a broad spectrum of energy balance, body composition, and physical activity research. He extensively published in the area of energy metabolism and balance, nutrition, physical activity, weight loss, and body composition in both adult and pediatric populations. He also participates in several community-based and epidemiological studies related to health disparities and risks for chronic diseases. He has been on the Faculty of the Meharry Consortium Geriatric Education Center since 1994.

Adina R. Johnson, RD, LDN

Adina JohnsonAdina R. Johnson is a clinical dietitian at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville TN, and a consultant dietitian at Meharry Family Medicine Clinic, also located at Skyline Medical Center. She received a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics in 2003 from Kansas State University and completed her Dietetic internship at Lipscomb University. Ms. Johnson's professional interests include diabetes education and public health/community nutrition. In addition to her clinical dietitian experience in the hospital and clinic setting, her past professional experiences include serving as a consultant dietitian with the mentally disabled, as well as working in the Head Start program.

3:20 - 4:20 p.m. Diabetes Care Update

James Sullivan, M.D.

Dr. James SullivanDr. James Sullivan is an Associate Professor in Family and Community Medicine at Meharry Medical College. Dr. Sullivan received his Bachelor's degree from The University of the South-Sewanee, TN and his Medical degree from Vanderbilt University. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Medicine at Meharry Medical College and staff physician at Nashville General Hospital. In 2012, Dr. Sullivan received the high honor of Internist of the Year from the Middle Tennessee Partnership for Internal Medicine (MTPIM) and the Nashville Academy of Medicine. Dr. Sullivan, a superb teacher, mentor, and esteemed member of our Internal Medicine faculty, is most deserving of this honor.

Condit F. Steil, PharmD, CDE, FAPhA

Condit SteilCondit Steil is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. His career has included being a part-time field professor, a hospital pharmacy director, owner of community and long term care pharmacy practices, and faculty positions in pharmacy. He has served on the faculty at the University of Kentucky (part-time), Samford University and is now Professor and Chair of the Pharmacy Practice Department at Belmont University College of Pharmacy. His long time professional interest has been ambulatory/community-based care roles for pharmacists in chronic diseases, with a focus on diabetes care. He has been active in the American Diabetes Association and American Association of Diabetes Educators at local, state, and national levels providing service including leadership roles. He has authored over one hundred articles and textbook chapters. Currently he is a certified diabetes educator and has been recognized as a fellow by the American Pharmacists Association.

Johnny Wyatt, DNP, RN, BC-ADM

Dr. Johnny WyattDr. Johnny Wyatt received his undergraduate degree in nursing from Aquinas College here in Nashville, then attended Vanderbilt University to complete his Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Adult Primary Care with focus in cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment. He went on to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center where he completed a Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a clinical research focus in diabetes care. Dr. Wyatt has worked in diabetes education and management for the past 10 years in both in out-patient and in-patient settings. He is board certified in both Adult Primary Care and Advanced Diabetes Management. He is a member of the American Diabetes Association as well as the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He currently serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and as Clinical Director of Diabetes Services for Saint Thomas Hospital.

3:20 - 4:20 p.m. Caregiver Well-Being: Assessment, Interventions & Community Resources

Lovely Abraham, MSN, GNP

Lovely AbrahamLovely Abraham is a Nurse Practitioner with the Geriatric Evaluation and Management Team at the VA Nashville Campus. She has been practicing for 30 years and has precepted numerous nurse practitioner trainees and led numerous quality improvement programs and interdisciplinary teams. Lovely has extensive experience in caregiver support activities, transitions of care, and leading family meetings. She will speak from her experience on caregiver support for Alzheimer's patients.

Carolyn Smith, LMSW

Carolyn SmithCarolyn grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she enjoyed summers on the coast of Lake Michigan. She studied Social Work and Sociology at West Virginia University for her Bachelor's degree and later moved to Nashville to obtain a Master's of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. Carolyn's past work experience includes Acute Psychiatric Hospital care, caregiver support programs, non-profit information and referral programs, crisis lines, and she is currently employed at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Nashville as an Outpatient Social


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