Garrett, Ohuabunwa named Tideswell geriatrics leaders

The Emory University Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics congratulates Drs. Stephanie Garrett and Ugochi Ohuabunwa on being selected for the 2017 Tideswell Emerging Leaders in Aging Program by the American Geriatrics Society’s Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs. The Tideswell program uses principles emanating from the “start-up” culture in technology and innovation with longitudinal mentoring to help early leaders develop strategies to address and sustain positive change in order to improve care for older adults.

Stephanie Garrett, MD, FACP, CHPE

Dr. Garrett recently joined the geriatrics faculty at Emory University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of medicine and has been actively engaged in geriatrics research and clinical practice since 2004. In 2012-2014, Dr. Garrett received a pilot award from the Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research with a focus on geriatric syndromes in older African-American adults with a focus on the impact of coexisting cognitive and functional impairment. She now serves as an advisory board member for the Deep South RCMAR. Her Tideswell practicum proposal, “Cognition Recognition & Research in Special Populations (CRRISP),” weaves together her research and clinical passions to determine the most effective strategy to increase screening assessments for combined cognitive and functional impairment among older vulnerable adults, with special emphasis on culturally appropriate interventions for the African American population. Integration of better screening will ultimately lead to interventions aimed at reducing functional decline and potentially new interventions to address cognitive impairment in diverse populations.

Ugochi Ohuabunwa, MD

Dr. Ohuabunwa is an associate professor of medicine and chief of the geriatrics service at Grady Memorial Hospital. She is a talented clinician educator and serves as the associate program director of Emory’s geriatric medicine fellowship. Her research focuses on improving transitions of care for low-income seniors, and she has completed an HRSA Geriatric Academic Career Award focused on improving transitions of care for low-income seniors. Through Dr. Ohuabunwa’s leadership, Grady has become a Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) site and launched the first Acute Care for Elders (ACE) unit in the Emory system (and the only ACE unit in Atlanta). For her Tideswell project, Dr. Ohuabunwa will lead the development of new clinical services aimed at enhancing care for older adults in both the inpatient and outpatient settings by improving the screening and identification of older adults at risk for hazards of hospitalization in the medical/surgical units hospital-wide; improving the implementation of protocols to address identified hazards of hospitalization; and improving the knowledge capacity of interdisciplinary teams in caring for older adults.

Both of these projects have great potential for improving the health of older patients at Emory and in the wider health care community.


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