Mary Tinetti, MD

Gladys Phillips Crofoot Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics) and Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies; Section Chief, Geriatrics

Departments & Organizations

Internal Medicine: Geriatric Medicine: Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center; Dorothy Adler Geriatric Assessment Center | Investigative Medicine Program

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Tinetti is a Professor of Medicine and Public Health and is Chief of Geriatrics at Yale School of Medicine. She is a leading expert in the area of falls and fall injury risk factors identification and prevention. Her current research focus is on clinical decision-making for older adults in the face of multiple health conditions, measuring the net benefit and harms of commonly used medications, and the importance of cross-disease universal health outcomes. She is leading a national effort to develop and test an approach to health care that realigns primary and specialty care to focus on the health priorities of older adults with multiple conditions. She also chairs a group of advisors helping large health systems be Age-Friendly. Dr. Tinetti’s work is funded by the NIH and several foundations. She has published over 200 original peer reviewed articles.  She has served on several national advisory committees including the FDA, NCQA, NQF. Dr. Tinetti has received numerous awards and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship.

Education & Training

MD University of Michigan (1978)
Fellow University of Rochester and Monroe Hospital
Resident University of Minnesota
Board Certification AB of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (1981)

Honors & Recognition

  • Kent AwardGerontological Society of America (2017)

  • Honorary DoctorateLeuven University, Belgium (2012)

  • Distinguished Alumni AwardUniversity of Minnesota Internal Medicine Residency Program. (2011)

  • Edward Henderson AwardThe American Geriatrics Society (2011)

  • Maxwell Pollack AwardGerontological Society of America (2010)

  • Atlantic Philanthropies Health and Aging Fellowship (2010, 2011)

  • John M. Eisenberg AwardSociety for General Internal Medicine (2009)

  • MacArthur Foundation FellowJohn D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (2009)

Professional Service

  • Appointments and Promotions Committee, Epidemiology and Public Health (2015 - Present) EPH A&P committee

  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Advancing Age Friendly Health Systems (2015 - Present) Co-Chair, Advisory Committee

  • Tideswell National Leadership Development Program (2014 - 2016) National Advisor

  • American Geriatrics Society Expert Panel on Person-Centered Care (2013 - 2014)

  • HCSRN-OAIC AGING Initiative Steering Committee (2013 - Present)

  • National Committee on Quality Assurance (2013 - Present) Developing Person-Driven Outcome Measures for Older Adults with Long Term Care Service Needs

  • ADGAP Board of Directors (2012 - Present)

  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Methodology Committee (2010 - 2015)

  • Advisory Board, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program (2003 - 2009) Advisory Board, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program

  • Paul Beeson Faculty Scholar Award Advisory Board - Am Federation for Aging Research (1994 - 2009)


  • Falls in the Elderly: recent findings and ongoing research on detection of 'at-risk' elderly populations Paris, France (2009 - 2009)

    Participated in the 19th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology International Assoc. of Gerontology

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Mary Tinetti, MD
Patient Care Locations
Adler Geriatric Assessment Center874 Howard Avenue
New Haven, CT 06519
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Yale Geriatric MedicineYale New Haven Hospital
20 York Street

New Haven, CT 06510
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Office Location
Internal Medicine/GeriatricsE.S. Harkness Memorial Hall, Building A
367 Cedar Street, Ste Room 318A

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
GeriatricsPO Box 208025
333 Cedar Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8025

Program on Aging