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James M. Lai

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine; Associate Chief of Clinical Affairs, Internal Medicine/Geriatrics; Medical Director, Verdi 4 West; Firm Chief - Cooney Service, Center for Restorative Care - Verdi 4 West



Dr. Lai is the Associate Chief of Clinical Affairs for Geriatrics at the Yale School of Medicine and oversees a vibrant clinical program that includes three skilled nursing facilities, three primary care sites, a home-based primary care program, an inpatient consultation service including a Geriatric Emergency Medicine Service (GEMS) and the keystone Adler Geriatric Assessment Clinic. He is also Chief of the Inpatient Cooney Firm Service at the Center for Restorative Care at the Yale New Haven Hospital St. Raphael’s Campus, and serves on numerous system wide committees dedicated to Quality Improvement and creating an Age Friendly Health System.

Having practiced primary care in the community for eight years, followed by four years exclusively as an inpatient hospitalist and floor medical director at Yale New Haven Hospital, Dr. Lai has been focused on developing geriatrics programs designed to help older adults avoid hospitalization and reduce short term nursing care facility utilization while maximizing function and quality of life.

Education & Training

  • MHS
    Yale School of Medicine (2006)
  • MD
    Wake Forest University School of Medicine (2000)
  • MSc
    Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (1996)
  • BA
    Hamilton College (1993)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Yale School of Management’s Emerging Leaders ProgramYale New Haven Hospital/Yale School of Medicine2020

Professional Service

Section of GeriatricsRacial & Social Justice Workgroup2020 - 2021
Yale New Haven HospitalCare Continuum Navigation Design Team2020 - 2021
American College of Physicians Connecticut Health and Public Policy CommitteeMember2020 - 2021
Yale New Haven Health SystemPost Acute Care Committee2019 - 2021
Yale New Haven Health SystemAdvanced Care Planning Workgroup2019 - 2021
Yale New Haven Health SystemSystem Quality Subcommittee2019 - 2021
Yale Club of Southwest FloridaInvited Presentation, Translating Research into Practice: The Age Friendly Health System2019
Yale Club of the Palm BeachesInvited Presentation, Translating Research into Practice: The Age Friendly Health System2019
Hamilton College Alumni AssociationInvited Presentation, HealthMatters: Is Aging Inevitable?2019
Yale School of Medicine, Section of GeriatricsYale Medical Students2018 - 2021
Yale New Haven Health SystemSystem Falls/Mobility Performance Improvement Team2018 - 2021
Yale New Haven Health SystemClinical Integration Geriatrics Workgroup2018 - 2021
Section of GeriatricsStrategic Planning Committee2018 - 2021
Yale New Haven Health SystemGeriatrics Executive Committee: Strategic Planning2018 - 2021

Departments & Organizations