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Sharon Inouye
Dr. Inouye is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Aging Brain Center at the Marcus Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife. She developed the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) to provide Age Friendly Care, implemented worldwide. She developed the CAM, the most widely used delirium tool worldwide, translated into >20 languages and cited >20,000 times. NIH funded since 1989, with >80 grants including current >$13 million P01 grant on delirium and dementia and >$4 million R33 grant for the NIDUS II Delirium Research Network. With >350 scientific publications, she was recognized by Thomson Reuters ScienceWatch as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. She serves as Associate Editor at JAMA Network Open, and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (2011), AAP and ASCI. She has served on the NASEM HCS Board, 2019-2022; President’s Advisory Council, NAM Grand Challenge in Healthy Longevity, 2018-present; Advisory Board for APHA-NAM Covid-19 Conversations, 2020-present; and NASEM Committee for Improving Representation of Women and Underrepresented Minorities in Clinical Trials, 2021-2022. She served as Health and Aging Policy Fellow and American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow 2016-17, and was recognized as PBS-Next Avenue 2020 Influencer of Aging.

Plenary Sessions

Health Care and System Changes for Optimal Care of Older Adults

Sharon Straus
Sharon E. Straus is a geriatrician and clinical epidemiologist who trained at the University of Toronto and the University of Oxford. She is the Director of the Knowledge Translation Program and Physician-in-Chief, St. Michael’s Hospital and Professor in Department of Medicine, University of Toronto. She holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation and Quality of Care and has authored more than 500 peer-reviewed publications and 3 textbooks in evidence-based medicine, knowledge translation and mentorship. Since 2015, she has consistently been in the top 1% of highly cited clinical researchers as per Clavirate and has an H-index of 106. She holds more than $60 million in peer-reviewed research grants as a principal investigator. She has received national awards for mentorship, research and education. She was inducted as a Fellow in the Royal Society of Canada in November 2021.

System Changes: Panel Discussion

Vivian Ewa

Dr. Vivian Ewa is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Section Chief, Seniors Care, Department of Family Medicine, University of Calgary, and a Care of the Elderly Physician, Specialized Geriatrics Services, Alberta Health Services- Calgary Zone.

Sacha Bhatia

Anne Pizzacalla

Where Does Geriatric Medicine Fit Post-pandemic?: Evidence and Experiences from the UK

Adam Gordon

Adam Gordon is Professor of Care of Older People at the University of Nottingham and President Elect of the British Geriatrics Society.

His special interests are in healthcare delivery in long-term care homes, and in perioperative care of older people in hospital, which provides opportunities for insights in care of older people across the continuum from community to hospital and back again.

Dementia Friendly Hospitals

Frank Molnar

Dr. Frank Molnar is a specialist in Geriatric Medicine who practices at the Ottawa Hospital, the largest tertiary care hospital in eastern Ontario. He is a professor at the University of Ottawa and has served as a president for the Canadian Geriatrics Society. Dr. Molnar has advocated for improved services for persons living with dementia at the hospital, regional, provincial and national (e.g., House of Commons Standing Committee on Health, Senate Committee studying dementia) levels.


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