2005 Hartford Outcomes Award Winners

Lillian Chiang Min, MD, MSHS

University of California, Los Angeles
“Does Better Overall Quality of Care of Older Ambulatory Care Patients Result in Decreased Mortality and Functional Decline?”

Lillian Min, MD, MSHS recently completed her geriatric fellowship at UCLA, supported by a Bureau of Health Professions Geriatric Faculty Training fellowship. During her fellowship, she obtained a Master’s degree in Health Services Research at the UCLA School of Public Health and conducted research with the Assessing the Care of Vulnerable Elders (ACOVE) study at RAND in Santa Monica, California. She has now joined the UCLA geriatrics research faculty. Her continuing work with ACOVE will focus on determining functional decline and mortality outcomes of overall quality of care among older ambulatory care patients.

Margaret Fang, MD, MPH

University of California, San Francisco
“Use and Outcomes of Warfarin for Older Adults with Atrial Fibrillation”

Margaret C. Fang, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the University of California, San Francisco Division of General Medicine Hospitalist Group. She completed a general medicine research fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Fang is the recipient of the American Heart Association Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Young Investigator Award, the California Clinician-Investigator of the Year award from the Society of General Internal Medicine, and the Milton H. Hamolsky award from the Society of General Internal Medicine. Her primary research focus is on optimizing the use of warfarin for older patients with atrial fibrillation. She is particularly interested in describing the rates, risk factors, and outcomes of extracranial and intracranial hemorrhages that occur on warfarin, and how functional decline, fall-risk, and cognitive impairment affect warfarin control and outcomes.

Nathan Goldstein, MD

Mount Sinai Medical Center
“Decision Making in Older Patients with Implantable Defibrillators”

Nathan Goldstein, MD completed his training in internal medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, followed by health services research training in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the Yale University School of Medicine. He then returned to Mount Sinai to complete a clinical geriatrics fellowship in the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development, and subsequently joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Goldstein received the Merck/American Geriatrics Society New Investigator Award in 2004 and was a Hartford Center of Excellence Scholar for 2004-2005. His primary research interest involves the use of advanced technologies in patients with serious illness, specifically looking at patient-physician communication about deactivating implantable cardioverter-defibrillators.

Lisa Walke, MD

Yale University School of Medicine
“Barriers to and Facillitators of Strategies to Alleviate Symptoms in Older Adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease”

Lisa Walke, MD is an assistant professor of medicine at Yale. Her fellowship in geriatric medicine and clinical epidemiology at Yale was supported by the Hartford/American Federation for Aging Research Academic Geriatric Fellowship. Her research focuses on understanding the experience of symptoms for older adults with chronic disease. Dr. Walke received the Merck/AGS New Investigator Award in 2002 for her early research in this area.

The four recipients, selected by an academic advisory board composed of distinguished academic geriatricians, will receive a $130,000 grant over a two-year period to perform studies in outcomes research addressing clinical strategies, innovative outcomes measures and quality of life. Research findings are presented at the American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting at the conclusion of the recipient’s grant.

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