Shaida Talebreza Brandon, M.D.


  • English
  • Farsi
  • Spanish

Academic Information

  • Departments: Internal Medicine - Assistant Professor (Clinical)
  • Divisions: Geriatrics

Board Certification

  • American Board of Family Medicine (Sub: Geriatric Medicine)
  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • American Board of Family Medicine (Sub: Hospice and Palliative Medicine)
  • Hospice Medical Director Certification Board

Academic Office Information

  • (801) 587-9103
  • School of Medicine
    30 N 1900 E, Room: AB193
    Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Dr. Shaida Talebreza serves as Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Utah. She is the Medical Director for Inspiration Hospice (a Hospice and Home Health teaching site for the University of Utah), and also serves as a palliative care specialist for the Salt Lake City VA Home-Based Primary Care Team. She is board certified in family medicine, geriatric medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine. Her main clinical focus is providing compassionate, comprehensive care to older adults with life-limiting illness. She has integrated a research program funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration into her clinical practice, with the aim of educating health professionals in the mangement of geriatric palliative care.

Dr. Talebreza has been appointed by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) to serve on their Education Committee and serves as Co-Chair for the AGS Junior Faculty Development Sub-Committee. She is a cofounder of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s (AAHPM) Geriatrics Special Interest Group. She serves as a member of AAHPM’s Hospice Medical Director Education Committee and Annual Meeting Planning Committee.

Dr. Talebreza is the project leader for the AGS/ADGAP Education Subcommittee: Geriatric Evaluation and Management Tools Committee that focuses on developing and distributing geriatric educational material for health care professionals.

Dr. Talebreza received the US Department of Health and Human Resources Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA) for 2010-2015. The focus of Dr. Talebreza's GACA project is to train interdisciplinary health professionals in geriatric end-of-life care.

Education History

Type School Degree
Research Fellow George E Wahlen VA Salt Lake City, Utah
Advanced Geriatrics
Research Fellow
Fellowship University of Utah School of Medicine
Residency St. Mark’s Family Medicine Residency Program
Family Medicine
Internship St. Mark's Family Medicine Residency Program
Family Medicine
Professional Medical University of Utah School of Medicine
Undergraduate University of Utah

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Talebreza S, Bair B, Kathol R (2011). Time Needed to Provide Recommended Treatment for Geriatric Depression. Clin Geriatr, 19(1), 40-43.


  1. Brandon ST, Anderson KA, Eubank K, Flacker JM, Griebling T, Pohl CL, Roche V, Shay K, Reidenbach F, Sherman AN (03/08/2013). Geriatrics Evaluation and Management Tools (First Edition). New York: The American Geriatrics Society.


  1. Tjia J, Talebreza S, Reblin M, Beck A, amp Ellington L (10/10/2014). Scramble or Script: Responding to New Medicare Billing for Medications in Hospice [Letter to the editor]. J Palliat Med, 17(10), 1088-1090.


  1. Brandon ST (06/07/2013). Code Status Discussion Educational Product [Web]. (Peer Reviewed) MedEdPORTAL, Association of American Medical Colleges. Available:
  2. Brandon ST (08/02/2012). Are you Smarter than a Medical Intern? The Why, What and How of the Medicare Hospice Benefit [Web]. GeriPal. Available:
  3. Brandon ST (04/17/2012). The "Silver Tsunami" is Coming. What am I Doing to Prepare? [Web]. GeriPal. Available:
  4. Brandon ST (12/07/2011). Medicare Hospice Benefit Game [Web]. (Peer Reviewed) MedEdPORTAL, Association of American Medical Colleges. Available: