Dr. Bruce Leff, expert in home care as we age, to deliver #AGS18 Henderson Lecture


Credit: (C) 2018, American Geriatrics Society

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today announced that Bruce Leff, MD, AGSF, a Professor of Medicine and Director, Center for Transformative Geriatric Research, at Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will deliver the prestigious Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture at the AGS 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS18; May 3-5 in Orlando, Fla.). Dr. Leff's lecture, "Look Homeward, Medicine!," will focus on our growing population of home-bound older adults, describing the spectrum of home-based medical care services and innovative models changing both where and how we age.

"Supporting high-quality, person-centered care for us all as we age means meeting older people where they are," noted Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF, AGS Board Chair. "Dr. Leff has played a critical role in shaping innovative care in a place where it often matters most: at home. He is a model geriatrician and innovator, which reflects the heart of the Henderson Award."

An internationally recognized leader and researcher in the development, evaluation, and dissemination of novel models of care, Dr. Leff's research interests explore not only where care takes place but also how that care can impact quality of life and well-being, particularly for homebound older adults living with complex health concerns. With a strong interest in the intersection between health care and health policy, Dr. Leff has served as a Health and Aging Policy Fellow with the American Political Science Association and as a technical expert for a range of panels brought together by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to better examine geriatrics and home health care. In these capacities, Dr. Leff has advanced much of what makes geriatrics a leading field for the future of care–from clinical practice guideline development to the evaluation and dissemination of new approaches to implementing geriatrics expertise.

An AGS member since 1991, Dr. Leff also has helped lead the American Academy of Home Care Physicians and the American College of Physicians, and currently serves as the Chair of the Geriatric Medicine Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Leff received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 and his M.D. from New York University in 1987. After residency and fellowship training at Johns Hopkins, he served as a medical officer in the U.S. Army in Seoul, Korea, before joining the Johns Hopkins faculty in the Department of Medicine in 1994.

Edward Henderson, MD, namesake of the Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture, was a beloved and respected geriatrician who served the AGS in several capacities, most notably as President, Vice President, and Executive Director. For more than two decades, Dr. Henderson's devoted efforts on behalf of the AGS made him an international authority in human aging and geriatric medicine. The Edward Henderson Award is one of several honors conferred by the AGS at its Annual Scientific Meeting. The 2018 award recipients include more than 15 healthcare leaders representing the depth and breadth of disciplines championing care for older adults. For more information, visit Meeting.AmericanGeriatrics.org.


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 more than 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 AmericanGeriatrics.org.

About the Edward Henderson Award and the Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture

The late Edward Henderson, MD, was a renowned geriatrics researcher and physician and an instrumental leader for the AGS. The Edward Henderson Award is conferred upon a distinguished clinician, educator, or researcher who also delivers the Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture on a topic related to the body of his or her work at the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting.

About the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting

The AGS Annual Scientific Meeting is the premier educational event in geriatrics, providing the latest information on clinical care, research on aging, and innovative models of care delivery. More than 2,500 nurses, pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, social workers, long-term care and managed care providers, healthcare administrators, and others will convene May 3-5, 2018 (pre-conference program on May 2), at the Walt Disney World® Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla., to advance geriatrics knowledge and skills through state-of-the-art educational sessions and research presentations. For more information, visit Meeting.AmericanGeriatrics.org.

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