New Director Appointed to the OHSU Center for Healthy Aging

11/18/02    Portland, Ore.

Oregon Health & Science University has appointed Carol L. Joseph, M.D., director of the OHSU Center for Healthy Aging. Joseph's appointment is an important step in the ongoing development of the center, according to Kathleen Potempa, R.N., D.N.Sc., F.A.A.N., vice president and dean of the OHSU School of Nursing.

"The center is poised for growth, and Dr. Joseph will provide valuable leadership to guide that development," said Potempa. "We are very pleased that she is joining us in this effort."

Joseph brings a wealth of knowledge in geriatric medicine and extensive experience in the field of aging. She received her medical degree from the OHSU School of Medicine, and completed both her residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in geriatric medicine in Portland.

Her experience includes work with both Kaiser Permanente and the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She recently returned to Portland after several years as associate chief of staff, Geriatrics, Rehabilitation and Extended Care, and medical director of the Geriatric Transitional Care Unit of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Honolulu. In addition to her new position as director of the Center for Healthy Aging, she will continue in her role as section chief of Geriatric Medicine at the Portland VAMC, a role that includes responsibility for the geriatric fellowship there.

The mission of the Center for Healthy Aging is "adding life to years" by enhancing the health and well-being of older adults through research, education and health services. Center activities include the Healthy Aging Project, a research endeavor helping to understand how we change health and lifestyle behaviors, and the Oregon Geriatric Education Center, educating health professionals throughout Oregon in the care of older adults. The center can be reached at 504 494-7757, or on the Web at www.ohsu.edu/healthyaging/.

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