Puget Sound GRECC - Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
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Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)


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Puget Sound GRECC

The Puget Sound GRECC has been serving older Veterans since 1976.  It is a two-site GRECC with personnel at both the Seattle and American Lake (Tacoma, WA) divisions.

                    Research Focus Areas

Biology, Genetics, Etiology, Prevention and Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases
Pathophysiology of Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Metabolic and Neuroendocrine Aspects of Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease

                    Education and Evaluation

The GRECC offers educational opportunities to VA providers throughout the region, involving in-person, video conferencing, and SCAN/ECHO modalities.  In addition, there are regularly offered rotations and fellowships in geriatric medicine, geriatric psychiatry, and geriatric neuropsychology at the pre-doctoral level.  These training experiences have a number of associated lecture series education activities on topics such as dementia care management.  The Education Core also develops educational materials for VA providers and for Veterans and their families


Current clinical demonstration projects address dementia prevention, treatment of memory symptoms of PTSD, management of male hypogonadism, dementia care shared medical visit model via telemedicine and decision making for long-term care.  The Puget Sound GRECC also has a Consultation/Liaison Memory Clinic located at the American Lake and Seattle Divisions, with outreach to the larger community via telehealth and e-consult mechanisms.

Puget Sound GRECC

Puget Sound GRECC (Seattle & American Lake Divisions)
Puget Sound VA Healthcare System
1660 Columbian Way
Seattle, WA  98108
Telephone: (206) 764-2308
Fax: (206) 764-2569

University of Washington School of Medicine

GRECC Director
Debby Tsuang, MD, MSc

Associate Director, Research
Brian Kraemer, PhD (Acting)

Associate Director, Education & Evaluation
Stephen Thielke, MD, MS, MA

Associate Director, Clinical
Alvin Matsumoto, MD

Administrative Officer
Elizabeth Aigbe, MSc