AGS Welcomes 18 New Fellows Recognized for Exceptional Commitment to Geriatrics

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New York (June 2, 2017)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) has honored 18 leading healthcare professionals who joined the newest class of AGS Fellows—a select group of experts recognized for their deep commitment to the AGS and to advancing high-quality, person-centered care for us all as we age.

“AGS Fellows join some of the foremost professionals in our field,” noted Debra Saliba, MD, MPH, AGSF, President of the AGS, in recognizing the new AGS Fellows at the AGS 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS17; May 18-20 in San Antonio, Texas). “We are celebrating their accomplishments not only as individuals but also as members of the larger geriatrics community represented by the AGS.

This year’s fellows hail from all four corners of the country and reflect the increasingly interprofessional nature of geriatrics as a field attracting doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physicians assistants, social workers, and many others. They include:

  • Veronica E. Adoun MD, AGSF: Geriatrician, Veterans Health Administration
  • Cynthia M. Boyd MD, MPH, AGSF: Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Anthony James Caprio MD, CMD, AGSF: Associate Professor of Medicine, Program Director of geriatrics Medicine Fellowship, Carolinas HealthCare System
  • Cathleen Colon-Emeric MD, MhSc, AGSF: Associate Professor of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Dulce M. Cruz-Oliver MD, AGSF: Associate Professor & Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
  • Suzanne M. Gillespie MD, RD, CMD, FACP, AGSF: Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Chief of Staff (Geriatrics Extended Care—Rehabilitation), University of Rochester Medical Center & Canandaigua VAMC
  • Todd H. Goldberg MD, CMD, FACP, AGSF: Geriatrician, Associate Professor of Medicine, & Director of the Geriatrics Program, West Virginia University Health Sciences Center—Charleston Division
  • Holly M. Holmes MD, MS, AGSF: Director, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, University of Texas Health McGovern Medical School (Houston)
  • Jessica Kalender-Rich MD, CMD, AGSF: Associate Professor of Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Internal Medicine, & Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Landon Center on Aging at the University of Kansas School of Medicine
  • Michael A. LaMantia MD, MPH, AGSF: Associate Professor of Medicine & Section Head of Geriatric Medicine, University of Vermont
  • Michael C. Lindberg MD, FACP, AGSF: Chief Medical Officer, Manadnok Community Hospital
  • Donald O. Mack MD, FAAFP, CMD, AGSF: Assistant Professor—Clinical, College of Medicine at Ohio State University
  • Alison A. Moore MD, MPH, FACP, AGSF: Professor and Chief, Division of Geriatrics, University of California, San Diego
  • Shirley M. Neitch MD, FACP, AGSF: Maier Professor of Clinical Research in Geriatrics & Chief, Internal Medicine Section of Geriatrics, Marshall University/Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
  • Ravishankar Ramaswamy MD, AGSF: Assistant Professor, Department of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine, Co-Director of Ambulatory Care—Geriatrics Clerkship, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Amit Shah MD, FACP, AGSF: Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs & Assistant Professor, Division of Community Internal Medicine, May Clinic School of Medicine (Arizona)
  • Niharika N. Suchak MBBS, MHS, FACP, AGSF: Associate Professor, Department of Geriatrics, Florida State University College of Medicine
  • Michi Yukawa MD, MPH, AGSF: Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of the Community Living Center, San Francisco VA Medical Center & University of California, San Francisco

Each year, a host of highly qualified AGS members earn fellowship status following a rigorous application process, which includes assessments of everything from continuing education to public service and geriatrics scholarship. Applications are accepted twice yearly, with more information available at

About the American Geriatrics Society

Founded in 1942, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics healthcare professionals that has—for 75 years—worked to improve the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. Its nearly 6,000 members include geriatricians, geriatric nurses, social workers, family practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and internists. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy. For more information, visit

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