Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program

Why Train in Geriatrics at UPMC?

  • Health System and University Excellence:
    • US News and World Report ranks our Geriatrics program among the nation’s top for decades
    • S. News & World Reportranks UPMC Health System among the top for decades
    • UPMC’s Health Plan is one of a handful to be rated as “five-stars” by CMS/Medicare.
    • University of Pittsburgh ranks #5 nationally in research and even better in aging research
  • Faculty: More than two dozen outstanding faculty, all trained at America’s best universities
    • 15 included in The Best Doctors in America
    • Half have postdoctoral degrees; many also trained in complementary subspecialties.
    • Many are renowned for their care and/or research in areas ranging from geroscience to geriatric subspecialties and syndromes, medications, and health care models.
  • Scale, Scope, and Quality of Clinical Training Sites
    • UPMC is the nation’s largest integrated academic health system. It encompasses ~40 academic, community, and specialty hospitals; thousands of physicians; and an insurance division with 3.5 million members (175,000 >65 years old).
    • UPMC Home Health conducts over 1 million home visits annually.
    • UPMC has four Program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE) sites. It also owns or helps manage more than two dozen nursing facilities, and collaborates with another 75.
    • In addition, our program is integrated with the University’s nationally-renown geriatric psychiatry program as well as the adjacent Pittsburgh VA, a base for our prestigious Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center of Excellence (GRECC).
  • Innovation:Delivering state-of-the-art care is critical to our mission, but so is devising and evaluating new care models for every setting. Thus, the Division:
    • Created one of the nation’s first geriatric Patient-Centered Medical Homes
    • “Geriatricized” an entire general hospital, making it better for seniors (and, in turn, everyone)
    • Developed a new model of home-based long term care (Staying at Home) for those whose conditions require chronic attention that Medicare’s Home Health model can’t provide
    • Transformed skilled nursing facility care to improve quality and reduce readmissions.

Each effort was funded both by UPMC and peer-reviewed grants, including two $20 million awards from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, and launch of a startup company.

  • Academic Training: If you want an academic career, we have the resources to support advanced training and mentorship and thereby facilitate a smooth transition to independence.


Karen G. Scandrett, MD
Program Director

Phone: (412) 802-8615
Fax: (412) 692-2370


Janet Parham
Senior Department Manager

Phone: (412) 802-8615
Fax: (412) 692-2370


Kaufmann Medical Building
3471 Fifth Ave, Suite 500
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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Division of Geriatric Medicine
Academic Administrative Office

Kaufmann Medical Building, Suite 500
3471 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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