Skip to Main Content

Mary Tinetti, MD

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

Contact Information

Mary Tinetti, MD

Patient Care Locations

Office Location



Dr. Tinetti is the Gladys Philips Crofoot Professor of Medicine and a professor at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. Her current research and clinical 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,(Patient Priorities Care) to develop and test an approach to health care that aligns clinical care and decision-making with the specific health priorities of older adults with multiple conditions. This initiative involves: 1) helping older adults identify the health goals they most desire in the face of tradeoffs and the health care they are willing and able to receive (their healthcare preferences)to achieve these goals; and 2) guiding clinicians to translate these goals and preferences into care decisions. She is evaluating the feasibility of this approach in clinical practice and its effect on patient-reported outcomes and healthcare utilization. She also chairs a group of advisors helping health systems be Age-Friendly. Dr. Tinetti’s work is funded by the NIH and several foundations. She has published over 250 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

  • Fellow
    University of Rochester and Monroe Hospital (1984)
  • Resident
    University of Minnesota (1981)
  • MD
    University of Michigan (1978)


  • Falls in the Elderly: recent findings and ongoing research on detection of 'at-risk' elderly populations
    Paris, Ile-de-France, France 2009
    Participated in the 19th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology International Assoc. of Gerontology

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Kent AwardGerontological Society of America2017
Honorary DoctorateLeuven University, Belgium2012
Distinguished Alumni AwardUniversity of Minnesota Internal Medicine Residency Program.2011
Edward Henderson AwardThe American Geriatrics Society2011
Maxwell Pollack AwardGerontological Society of America2010
Atlantic Philanthropies Health and Aging Fellowship2010, 2011
John M. Eisenberg AwardSociety for General Internal Medicine2009
MacArthur Foundation FellowJohn D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation2009

Professional Service

Appointments and Promotions Committee, Epidemiology and Public HealthEPH A&P committee2015 - Present
Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Advancing Age Friendly Health SystemsCo-Chair, Advisory Committee2015 - Present
Tideswell National Leadership Development ProgramNational Advisor2014 - 2016
American Geriatrics Society Expert Panel on Person-Centered CareMember2013 - 2014
HCSRN-OAIC AGING Initiative Steering CommitteeMember2013 - Present
National Committee on Quality AssuranceDeveloping Person-Driven Outcome Measures for Older Adults with Long Term Care Service Needs2013 - Present
ADGAP Board of DirectorsMember2012 - Present
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Methodology CommitteeMember2010 - 2015
Advisory Board, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars ProgramAdvisory Board, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program2003 - 2009
Paul Beeson Faculty Scholar Award Advisory Board - Am Federation for Aging ResearchMember1994 - 2009

Departments & Organizations