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

Madison GRECC


VA Medical Center
Madison GRECC (11G)
Madison, WI 53705
Phone: (608) 280-7000
Fax: (608) 280-7248


University of Wisconsin Medical School

GRECC Director:

Sanjay Asthana, MD


Associate Director for Research:

JoAnne Robbins, PhD

Associate Director for Education and Evaluation:

Steven Barczi, MD

Associate Director for Clinical Programs:

Cynthia Carlsson, MD



Madison GRECC Research:  Caloric restriction and impact on aging, Imaging of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, management of bone and mineral metabolism in advanced age

Accomplishments: The Madison GRECC serves elderly Veterans in Wisconsin, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and parts of Illinois. In fiscal year 2009 the Madison GRECC initiated a falls/neurofucntion clinic in the Madison facility, published 67 peer reviewed papers, provided 15,670 person hours of geriatric education, and expended $4,851,029 in research awards. Current research interests include: the impact of restricting calories on aging and disease; imaging Alzheimer's and related dementias; assessing and managing difficulty with swallowing; diagnosing and rehabilitating difficulty with swallowing; bone and mineral metabolism in advanced age; and risk factors for Alzheimer's disease.A

Health Services: Functional Decline in the Continuum of Geriatric Care
Functional Decline in the Continuum of Geriatric Care: Focuses on substance abuse and mental health services. Compares the effectiveness of service delivery models which treat mental health and substance abuse problems in primary care as compared to those which utilize specialty mental health settings.

Education: Emphasizes interdisciplinary geriatric education and training for health professionals and advanced level students from medicine, psychiatry, obstetrics-gynecology, nursing, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, pharmacy, audiology and speech pathology. Programs include; Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, and Gero-psychiatry Fellowship and a Geriatric Evaluation Management Program (GEM). Mini-fellowship experiences exist in Osteoporosis, Swallowing and Geriatric Evaluation. The Madison GRECC also works within VISN 12 to facilitate geriatric education.

Clinical: Non-institutional long term care. Our programs create a continuum between inpatient, outpatient and community care, as well as between geriatric primary and consultative care. Geriatric care occurs through our Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) clinics, Older Women's Health clinic and Community based nursing home outreach program. Consultative care includes our Osteoporosis clinic, Gero-psychiatry clinic and Memory Assessment/Dementia clinic. Hospitalized older veterans receive care through the hospital GEM and inpatient consultation service. Families are supported through our caregiver support group and inpatient respite program.