Geriatric Research

Geriatric Clinical Epidemiology and Aging Related Research (T32)

Yale University offers a two to three year training program in Geriatric Clinical Epidemiology and Aging-Related Research, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging. The goal of the program is to provide highly qualified fellows (MDs or PhDs) with outstanding training in geriatric clinical epidemiology and/or translational aging research under the mentorship of experienced investigators in geriatric medicine and gerontology. Trainees will have access to resources and expertise through the , the Program on Aging/Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, the National Clinical Scholars Program, the Investigative Medicine Program, the School of Public Health, and the Geriatric Medicine Program.  A Master of Health Science (MHS) degree is available for physicians who successfully complete the training program.

Potential candidates include geriatricians, general internists; and fellows from all medical subspecialties, neurology, and psychiatry.  Candidates who have a PhD should have completed their doctoral training in areas such as (but not limited to) gerontology, public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, psychology, or biology, and should be committed to an academic career in aging-related research.

Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

US citizenship or permanent residence is required.


For more information or to request a Training Program Booklet, please contact Ms. Robbin Bonanno


Copies of the application may be printed out from this site or requested from the Program office (contact information below). The application should be completed carefully since it will be used when selecting candidates for an interview.

The requested materials include general information, education and research background, a curriculum vitae, a personal statement, and a research proposal and training plan.  Three sealed letters of recommendation should also be sent along with the T32 Confidential Reference Form. One of these letters should be from the director of your current program and/or your mentor.

Applications will not be reviewed until all materials are received.

Download T32 Application Form (pdf format)

Download T32 Confidential Reference Form (pdf format)

For a copy of the application or more information, contact:

Robbin Bonanno
Fellowship Coordinator

Training Program in Geriatric Clinical Epidemiology and
and Aging-Related Research
Yale University School of Medicine
20 York Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: (203) 688-9423
Fax: (203) 688-4209
robbin.bonanno@yale.edu

Clinical Epidemiology

The goal of the Yale program is to provide intensive research training for physicians interested in evaluating and developing innovative approaches to the care of older people. Clinical epidemiology is the "basic science" which provides rigorous methods for the investigation of clinical strategies, medical decision-making, outcomes, ethics, health policy and delivery.

"Methods of Clinical Research"

A special course taught by faculty of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. This course, designed exclusively for physicians, provides the methodologic tools needed to design and implement clinical research and to critically evaluate the evidence used for making clinical decisions. The course contains three major components: research architecture, biostatistics, and data processing. The research architecture component includes comprehensive training in research design and epidemiologic methods. The biostatistics component includes a survey of statistical and data analytic methods, including newer strategies of multivariable analysis, decision analysis, and meta-analysis. The data processing component addresses the strategies and formats used for transferring information into coded data, and provides an introduction to computer programming and the use of standard statistical programs.

With the background provided by this course, as well as courses offered through the Investigative Medicine Program and School of Public Health, fellows will design, implement, and complete a research project under the mentorship of an experienced geriatric physician investigator.

Below is a listing of research topics currently being conducted by the Section of Geriatrics.

  • Epidemiology and Prevention of Disability and Falls in Community Dwelling Elderly
  • Driving Efficacy in the Elderly
  • Enhancing Advance Care Planning
  • Pneumonia and Urinary Tract Infections in the Nursing Home
  • Preferences for Treatment Site and on Goals of Care in Terminal Illness
  • Cancer In The Elderly
  • Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Factors Influencing Health Status and Function.
  • Quality of Care for Patients with Acute Cardiovascular Conditions
  • The Influence of Older Persons' Sterotypes of Aging on Long-Term Health
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Pulmonary Function and Dyspnea
  • Multiplemorbitity in heart failure and/or COPD
  • Risk and Benefits of Multiple Medication Use Among Older Persons with Chronic Illnesses

George Onyango Agogo

Postdoctoral Associate

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Thilinie D Bandaranayake, MBBS

Clinical Fellow in and Instructor in Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

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Shelli Farhadian, MD, PhD

Clinical Fellow in Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Fellow, Infectious Disease

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Zuyun Liu

Postdoctoral Associate

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Gregory Ouellet, MD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Post-Doctoral Fellow

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Catherine Riffin, PhD, MA

Postdoctoral Fellow in Medicine (Geriatrics)

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Former Research Fellows

Aman Nanda, MD  1999-2002
Current Position: Director, Geriatric Clinical Fellowship
Brown University School of Medicine

Lynn McNicoll, MD  1999-2002 *
Current Position: Associate Professor of Medicine
Brown University School of Medicine

Cynthia J. Brown, MD  2000-2003*
Current Position: Director, Section of Geriatrics
Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care
University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL

Lisa Walke, MD   2000-2003*
Current Posistion: Associate Professor of Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine

Susan Hardy, MD 2001-2004*
Current Position: Summit ElderCare
Worcester, MA

Grace Jenq, MD   2001-2004*
Current Position: Associate Professor
University of Michigan

Ralph Leonard,  MD  2001-2004*
Current Position:Geriatrician
Carolinas Healthcare System, NC

James Lai, MD  2003-2004*
Current Position: Hospitalist;
Y-NHH, New Haven, CT

William Chou, MD 2002-2005*
Current Position: Consultant, Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Nancy Kim, MD  2004-2006
Current Position: Assistant Professor
Yale University School of Medicine

Lisa Cataldi Barry, PhD  2004-2007
Current Position: Assistant Professor
University of Connecticut Center on Aging, Farmington, CT

Carlos Fragoso, MD  2004-2007*
Current Position: Associate Professor of Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Susannah Bernheim, MD  2006-2007
Current Position: Director; Quality Measurement Programs
Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE)
Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

Mark Rothman, MD  2005-2008*
Current Position: Senior VP and Senior Chief Medical Officer
Kindred Healthcare, KY

Janet Abou, MD  2008-2009
Current Position: Private Practice
Los Angeles, CA

Sangeeta Ahluwalia, PhD  2007-2009
Current Position: Policy Researcher
Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, CA

Heather Stout-Delgado, PhD  2007-2010
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Immunology
Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY

Ronald Maggiore, MD 2008-2010
Current Position: Assistant Professor
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 

Una Makris, MD  2008-2010
Current Position: Assistant Professor
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Samit Joshi, DO; 2009-2011
Current Position:  Assistant Clinical Professor
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

David S. Lee, PharmD, PhD  2009-2011
Current Position: Assistant Professor
Oregon Health and Sciences University, Portland, OR

John A. Dodson, MD  2010-2012
Current Position: Assistant Professor
New York University, NY

Nicholas Nicholson, PhD  2010-2012
Current Position: Assistant Professor
Quinnipiac University, School of Nursing, Hamden, CT

Katriina Hopper, MD  2010-2013*
Current Position:  Attending Physician
Portage Health, Hancock, MI

Kasia Lipska, MD  2012-2013
Current Position:  Assistant Professor of Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Anda Botoseneanu, MD, PhD  2011-2013
Current Position: Assistant Professor
University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI

Briain O'Hartaigh, PhD, BSc  2012-2014
Current Position: Assistant Research Professor
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, New York, NY 

Tisheeka Graham-Steed, PhD, MPH  2012-2014
Current Position: Associate Medical Writer
prIME Oncology, Atlanta, GA

Bianca Burrman Van Es, PhD  2013-2014
Cureent Position: Assistant Professor
University of Amsterdam, NED

Andrew B. Cohen, MD, DPhil  2013-2015*
Current Position:Assistant Professor of Medicine/Geriatrics
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Lauren E. Ferrante, MD  2013-2015
Current Position: Instructor of Medicine/Pulmonary & Critical Care
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Brienne M. Miner, MD 2014-2016*
Current Position:  Clinical Fellow in Sleep Medicine
Yale School of Medicine 

Alexandra Hajduk, PhD 2014-2017
Current Position:  Associate Research Scientist/General Internal Medicine
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT


*Completed the Yale Clinical Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine