Department of Medicine

General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics


The Geriatric section is led by Steve Counsell, M.D., who also serves as the IU Medical Center's Director of Geriatrics.

The John A. Hartford Foundation, whose sole mission is to improve the quality of care for the aging population, recognized IU Geriatrics as a Center of Excellence (COE) in Geriatric Medicine. As one of only 22 designated CoEs nationwide, IU Geriatrics will receive foundation support to increase the number of academic geriatricians by expanding the size and scope of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program and providing support for faculty development in teaching and research.

The IU Center for Aging Research, the research arm of IU Geriatrics directed by Chris Callahan. M.D., is an Edward R. Roybal Center for Research and Applied Gerontology. Funded by the National Institute on Aging, the IU Roybal Center is expediting the transformation of beneficial social and behavioral research ideas into useful programs, policies and practices to improve the lives of senior citizens. More specifically, the IU Roybal Center had developed methods for enhancing self-management among vulnerable, older adults, focusing on doctor-patient interactions.

The new Hartford CoE and the Roybal Center designations compliment the prior IU Geriatrics designation as a Reynolds Training Center establishing the Geriatrics Education Network of Indiana (GENI). GENI was funded by the Reynolds Foundation with a $2 million grant which, at the time, was the largest educational grant ever received by the IU School of Medicine. GENI is led by Glenda Westmoreland, M.D., who also serves as the Department of Medicine's Director of Geriatrics Education.

Visit the IU Geriatrics web site to learn more.