The University of Arizona Medical Center -- Academic Medicine is Smart Medicine

Caring for Seniors

Our geriatric medicine section provides the highest quality of care for older adults in order to improve their health, independence and quality of life.

Clinical care: Our geriatricians provide care at our Wilmot Physician Offices, South and University campuses, as well as within specialty inpatient programs. South Campus is the only NICHE-certified (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) hospital in Arizona offering a staff specially trained in hospitalized older adults. We are working with the Department of Emergency Medicine to build a senior emergency room to meet the unique needs of older adults and an Acute Care of Elders unit at South Campus to reduce the complications of hospitalization for frail elders and promote safe discharge home.


Ellyn Lee, MD, a specialist in geriatric medicine and palliative medicine, along with her skilled team, provide palliative care consultation in the Arizona Cancer Center and in the hospital. Under the leadership of Ana Sanguineti, MD, we have partnered with orthopaedics to develop the Geri-Ortho Hip Fracture consulting service to help care for frail elders.

Education: With our nationally recognized educational programs, including the Arizona Geriatric Education Center and the Donald W. Reynolds Geriatrics physician training grant, we are building comprehensive aging-related teaching programs throughout Arizona. 

Innovation: We are leaders in developing innovative models of care for our patients, including clinic redesign and team-based home care. At the VA, we continue to build our nationally recognized Telehealth chronic disease management programs.

Research: Our research programs focus on frailty, finding practical bioengineering solutions to common geriatric problems, and new models of care for people with chronic conditions.

Outreach: Our local partners include:

Clinical Trials

The University of Arizona Health Network conducts a variety of research studies and clinical trials with a commitment to improving patient care. View examples of our work by clicking below.

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