Center and Institutes
Geriatric Mental Health Center
Thirty-five years ago, we created a Center of Excellence in Geriatrics in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry. It became one of only two sites in the United States designated by the John A. Hartford Foundation as a Center of Excellence in both Geriatric Medicine and Geriatric Psychiatry. Based in part at the Benedum Geriatrics Center, the Center works closely with the University’s ADRC (Alzheimer’s Center). It is also an integral part of our Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), the first in the nation to be based on geriatric outcome measures and certified as a level 3 PCMH by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. As a local, regional, and national resource, the Center provides state-of-the-art primary and consultative mental health care, focusing primarily on dementia, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disease. It also sponsors a multitude of quality improvement and educational initiatives, as well as fellowships in both geriatric medicine and geriatric psychiatry. In addition, it serves as the base for one of the nation’s largest portfolios of NIH-funded research in geriatric mental health.
Geriatric Continence Center
Established by Dr. Kathryn Burgio, the University of Pittsburgh’s Geriatric Continence Center has set the standard for diagnostic and consultative care, training, and seminal research on voiding dysfunction and geriatric incontinence for more than 30 years. Since 2000, the Center has been directed by Neil M. Resnick MD, Professor of Medicine and Chief of Geriatrics. Dually trained in geriatrics and urodynamics, Dr. Resnick previously served as the founding director of Harvard’s Continence Center, one of the first in North America. In addition to its own activities, the Center collaborates with experts in Urogynecology and Urology and is part of the University of Pittsburgh’s NIH-funded Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
Geriatric Cardiology Center
In 2015, our Section of Geriatric Cardiology was created by Daniel Forman MD, Professor of Medicine and a dually trained geriatrician and cardiologist. Prior to his arrival in Pittsburgh, Dr. Forman directed Cardiac Rehabilitation and the Exercise Testing Lab at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Boston VA. He also served as the American College of Cardiology’s Inaugural Chair of the Geriatric Cardiology. In 2016, our Geriatric Cardiology Section began offering state of the art consultation in geriatric cardiology, as well as education and training. Leveraging the expertise of both geriatrics and cardiology, the Section also provides a base for a rapidly growing portfolio of research in the field.
VA Pittsburgh Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
The Veterans Administration Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) was established in 2000 to serve the Veterans located in VISN 4. VISN 4 has 9 VA campuses, 45 outpatient clinics, 1 mobile clinic, and 17 vet centers covering Pennsylvania and Delaware and parts of Ohio, West Virginia, New York, and New Jersey. Dr. Steven M. Handler, MD, PhD, CMD, who is an Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine, is the GRECC Director and Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics and Extended Care at VAPHS. The research foci of the VAPHS GRECC includes neurological diseases of aging, drug safety, translational research, and biomedical informatics. GRECC educational program focus on providing interdisciplinary geriatric education for trainees in medical and allied health disciplines. Ongoing educational projects address pain in the elderly and telehealth modalities in dementia and cardiac rehabilitation. Clinical demonstration projects focus on providing geriatric consultation and dementia support to rural patients via telehealth and home-based cardiac rehabilitation.