United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers

Pittsburgh GRECC

 

VA Pittsburgh HCS
GRECC (00GR-H) Highland Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Phone: (412) 954-4917
Fax: (412) 954-4922

Affiliation:

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

 

GRECC Director:

Steven Graham, MD


Associate Director for Research:

Patrick Doyle, PhD


Associate Director for Education and Evaluation:

John Hennon, EdD


Associate Director for Clinical Programs:

Michelle Rossi, MD

 Pittsburgh GRECC Research:  Neuronal cell death in stroke, gene therapy in cerebrovvascular disease, depression in the elderly, polypharmacy in long term care, end of life care.

 

Accomplishments: 
Pittsburgh GRECC was established in 1999. Currently it serves elderly Veterans in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and parts of West Virginia. In fiscal year 2009 the staff of the Pittsburgh GRECC produced 80 peer reviewed papers, provided 2,666 person hours of geriatric education, and expended $6,225,769 in research awards. Its current research interests include: mechanisms underlying cell death from restricted blood flow; the role of genes in brain cell death from restricted blood flow; novel gene therapies; depression in the elderly; communication disorders; use of multiple medications by patients; barriers in delivery of care to the elderly; stroke related quality of life measures; avoiding inappropriate prescribing and medication errors in nursing homes; speech disorder rehabilitation; and enhancing mobility in the elderly.

 

Education: The education component has two elements: Clinical training for fellows in geriatric medicine, geriatric psychiatry and geriatric neurology; trainees in allied health sciences including audiology and speech language pathology nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology and pharmacology will be provided in context with clinical demonstration projects and other geriatric clinical resources at the Pittsburgh VAHCS; and Continuing Medical Education for physicians and other trainees; ongoing staff education and training; public symposia, printed materials and the opportunity for continued medical eduation through the GRECC website.

Clinical:The Clinical program has two principal objectives: To optimize the home-based care of post-stroke elderly patients through development and evaluation of multidisciplinary home-based primary care approach ; and to coordinate the hospital-based acute care, long term care, outpatient and home-based care through development of the model Geriatric Continuity of Care (GCCP) Program.