Aging and Resilience Seminar Series

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presented by UA College of Medicine – Tucson, UA College of Public Heath, UA Center on Aging & UA BIO5 Institute...

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
(lunch will be provided)
UA BIO5 Institute, Room 103


TOPIC: “Hospital Acquired Disability in Older Patients”
SPEAKER: Ken Covinsky, MD, MPH | University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Ken Covinsky is a clinician-researcher in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics. His work focuses on understanding the determinants and outcomes of disability in older persons. He holds the Edmund G. Brown, Sr., Distinguished Professorship in Geriatrics and is principal investigator of the UCSF Older Americans Independence Center—a National Institute on Aging (NIA) Funded Pepper Center whose researchers work to improve the health outcomes and quality of life of older persons. Dr. Covinsky completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois and earned his medical degree at UCSF. He completed his internal medical residency training with the Osler Medical Service of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, a fellowship in general internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital, and a master's in public health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health. He was recruited back to UCSF in 1988 to lead the Geriatrics Division's research program, which is nationally recognized. His pioneering work has defined hospitalization disability syndrome by demonstrating how hospitalization frequently precipitates disability in older people. Dr. Covinsky's research has proven that functional status is a vital determinant of health outcomes and quality of life in older persons. He has received local and national awards for research mentorship including the Bay Area Clinical Research Mentor of the Year Award and the SGIM Midcareer Research Mentoring Award. Several of his mentees, including Louise Walter, Mike Steinman, Sei Lee, and Alex Smith are now local and national leaders in aging research. He attends on the Medical Service and Acute Care For Elders Unit and cares for patients in the Geriatrics clinic at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. He also is an associate editor at JAMA-Internal Medicine and has served as chair of the Clinical Aging Study section at the NIA, a unit of the National Institutes of Health.

The Aging and Resilience Seminar Series is designed to facilitate aging research and to foster new generations of investigators at the University of Arizona to address significant aging research questions. The seminar will bring UA researchers together to create synergies by sharing research findings and research plans. The series will also provide opportunities for UA researchers to meet and to hear from lead investigators of aging and resilience in other research institutions, specifically Pepper Centers. These activities are the core of the CHiiLi program – the Consortium to Halt Injury and Infection in older adults Leading to Independence.

Directors, Aging and Resilience Seminar Series:

Zhao Chen, PhD, MPH
Professor, Department Chair, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Biology of Aging Researcher
Associate, Arizona Center on Aging

Sai Parthasarathy, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director of Center for Sleep Disorders
Associate Director for Arizona Respiratory Center
Interim Division Chief, Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

For questions, please contact Amy Randall-Barber at (520) 626-3001 or

Event Location: 

University of Arizona BIO5 Institute
Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building, Room 103
1657 E. Helen St.
Tucson, AZ 85719