Miami GRECC - Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
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Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)


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The Miami GRECC has been serving older Veterans in South Florida since 1981. 

 Research Focus Areas 

Adult Stem Cells in Tissue Regeneration/Repair
Prostate Neoplasia
Vitamin D/Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis
Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease (e-health & comparative effectiveness)
Exercise Interventions for Frailty, Falls, and Injuries
Patient Education and Self-Management with Information Technology
Women's Health


The Center's investigators are university faculty from multiple schools and departments. Our coordinated clinical and basic geriatric research effort emphasizes the following areas: Basic Biomedical: Bone and cartilage metabolism; neuroregeneration; prostate neoplasia; reparative use of adult stem cells.  Applied Clinical: Osteoporosis; osteoarthritis; metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and cardiovascular risk factors; frailty; vitamin D and soy isoflavones; prostate cancer.  Health Services: Rehabilitation (falls and injuries; exercise interventions); telehealth and care coordination for high utilizers; clinical decision support systems; prevention (MOVE, frailty, diabetes, pain).                                              

Education and Evaluation

The Center supports a wide array of educational research, especially on the role of e-learning and educational technology in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education for healthcare professionals and the lay public.  In Undergraduate Medical Education (UME), a variety of learning methodologies support a longitudinal theme spanning all four years of medical school; in Graduate Medical Education (GME), medicine residents rotate through the Geriatric Evaluation and Management Unit (GEM), hospice and palliative care, and home care models for interdisciplinary geriatric care; in Continuing Medical Education (CME), education in the recognition and assessment of geriatrics syndromes occurs through competency-based curriculums with online training of physicians and allied healthcare disciplines.


Noninstitutionalized Care, blended with telehealth; long-term care, emphasizing best practices and culture change; musculoskeletal disorders, especially osteoporosis and falls; endocrinology and adult-onset diabetes; palliative care; geriatric primary care; geriatric evaluation and management (GEM).

Miami GRECC Profile

Miami GRECC (11 GRC)
Bruce W. Carter Veterans Affairs Medical Center
120 NW 16th Street
Miami, FL 33125
Telephone: (305) 575-3388
Fax: (305) 575-3365

University of Miami School of Medicine

GRECC Director
Hermes Florez, MD, PhD

Associate Director for Research
Guy Howard, PhD

Associate Director for Education & Evaluation
Micheal Mintzer, MD

Associate Director for Clinical Programs
Jorge Ruiz, MD

Administrative Officer
Antoine Garand