Our research labs include the: Geriatrics Cytokine Lab, Geriatrics Health Services Research Group, Geriatrics Hypertension Lab, Translational Vascular Physiology Lab, and the Utah Vascular Research Lab.

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Due to the aging of our population it is estimated that most physicians will spend more than half of their time providing care for older individuals. The education focus of our division includes the training of medical students, an ACGME-accredited fellowship program, and seminars and conferences.

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Clinical Care

Our division provides patient care through the Geriatrics Clinic at the University Hospital, the Hospital Elder Life (HELP) Program, and the Salt Lake VA Medical Center Blue Clinic.

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Division of Geriatrics Welcomes Two Fellowship Recipients for 2014

We are pleased to introduce our two incoming Geriatric Medicine Fellows - Michelle Kweon and Erika Noonan. 

Michelle Keown          Erika Noonan

Michelle Keown began her education with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Minor in Dance from the University of South Carolina Honors College in Columbia, South Carolina; graduating Magna Cum Laude in May 2004. She continued to excel in academics, earning a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University in May 2007 and graduating from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine-University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2011. She matched at Exempla St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, CO for Internal Medicine and is very excited to begin her Fellowship in Geriatrics. Michelle is also an avid athlete and international traveler who ran the Dallas White Rock Half Marathon in 2009 and loves to cycle and dance in her spare time.

Erika Noonan was born and raised in Salt Lake City. A graduate of Highland High, she received her undergraduate degree at Utah State University majoring in nutrition science. She went to medical school at Saint Louis University then returned to Utah to complete a residency in family medicine at the Utah Valley Family Medicine Residency in Provo. Erika has always taken a special interest in nutrition and with her husband working in the financial side of medicine, has more recently become interested in practices that financially benefit patients and systems. Erika is excited to further her education in geriatric medicine. She lives in Pleasant Grove with her husband and two energetic children. She enjoys running, cooking, and enjoying the outdoors.

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SAVE THE DATE: The 13th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference  will be held August 31- September 1, 2015 at the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, near Salt Lake City, Utah.  For more information please click here:

Presented By:  Division of Geriatrics, University of Utah, School of Medicine For more information, or to have your name added to the Rocky Mountain Conference email notification list, please contact Jack Christensen at (801) 582-1565 x2435 or by email here. Please help spread the word to those you think may be interested. More details and registration information will be posted soon.

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On behalf of the Division’s faculty, trainees, and staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Geriatrics Division – my academic home since 2005.

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The Geriatrics Division is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and patient care. It excels in its mission because of its outstanding faculty physicians and research investigators. Your support is needed to further promote their vital work. We depend on the loyal support of our donors whose generosity and caring makes a profound difference in the lives of real people. With your support, we can help researchers in their work to prevent age-related diseases, fund groundbreaking education endeavors, invest in our faculty, and support areas of greatest need within the Division. Each donation, no matter the amount, is necessary and appreciated. 

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History of Geriatrics

The Division of Geriatrics began in 1986 and has experienced steady growth ever since.  Today, the Division is home to over 20 full-time faculty members, 25 staff members and and average of 5 pre and post-doctoral trainees per year.  Over the last 5 years, research expenditures have grown substantially, from $500k in to $2.4M in direct costs annually.  As the population of our state and nation ages, the Division of Geriatrics strives to build on this foundation and will continue to produce outstanding researchers, educators, and clinicians.

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