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Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)

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James J. Peters VA Medical Center
130 W. Kingsbridge Road
Bronx, NY 10468

Phone 718-584-9000 ext. 3800
Fax     718-741-4211

GRECC Director

William Hung, MD, MPH

Associate Director, Research

Albert L. Siu, MD

Acting Associate Director, Clinical

Fred Ko, MD

Associate Director, Education and Evaluation

Judith L. Howe, PhD

Administrative Officer

Valerie Menocal, BS

research foci heading
  • Population based research in geriatrics and palliative care
  • Enhancing independence in older adults with serious and life-threatening illness
  • Examination of clinical models of care for older adults such as telehealth use
  • Improving processes and outcomes between sites of care including VA/non-VA, rural/non-rural, home/medical center and including regional health information exchange
research heading
  • Improving medication use and establishing infrastructure to support and disseminate interventions to improve medication safety in older Veterans
  • Palliative care for people with hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Building the Geriatric Emergency care Applied Research (GEAR) Network
  • Family spending after hospice enrollment: A population-based study
  • Studies of VA implementation of complex geriatrics interventions such as hospital-at-home
education heading
  • Multi-site program to provide geriatric education and consultation to support rural providers and Veterans through use of telehealth modalities
  • Rural Interdisciplinary Team Training Program to enhance geriatrics knowledge and skills of VA primary care clinicians and staff caring for older rural Veterans
  • Geriatric Scholars Virtual Learning Community ( to provide web-based learning for VA and non-VA providers, staff and trainees
  • Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship Program to offer a range of clinical and leadership experiences to MDs, MSWs, and PharmDs over one year
  • A dementia education program to enhance both caregiver and staff education
  • An annual 4-hour VISN 2 conference to offer an accredited course on geriatrics and palliative care
clinical heading
  • Multi-site program to provide geriatric consultation and support to rural providers and Veterans through use of telehealth modalities.
  • Improving medication use in older adults through deprescribing initiatives.
  • Provide ALS patients with integrated coordinated, interdisciplinary care, including palliative care.
  • Improving risk stratification and pre-operative optimization of frail older Veterans undergoing surgery.
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