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Elizabeth Eckstrom M.D., M.P.H.

    • Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics School of Medicine

Elizabeth Eckstrom, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.C.P., is Professor and Chief of Geriatrics at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. She received her M.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin, then headed west to complete residency and fellowship at OHSU, as well as an M.P.H. through the University of Washington. She practices both primary care and consultative geriatrics, and focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle in older adults and in educating all health professionals to be competent in the care of older adults. Her research has focused on interprofessional education, tai chi to improve health in older adults, and falls prevention. She teaches medical students and internal medicine residents, and works with inpatient teams to improve quality of care for older hospitalized patients throughout the institution. Dr. Eckstrom is a co-director for the OHSU Healthy Aging Alliance.


  • M.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison Wisconsin 1990
  • M.P.H., University of Washington, Seattle Washington 1998
  • Residency:

    • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Fellowship:

    • General medicine, Oregon Health & Science University
    • Geriatrics, Oregon Health & Science University (2006)
  • Certifications:

    • Geriatric medicine, internal medicine


  • "Effectiveness of a Therapeutic Tai Ji Quan Intervention vs a Multimodal Exercise Intervention to Prevent Falls among Older Adults at High Risk of Falling : A Randomized Clinical Trial." JAMA Internal Medicine  In: , Vol. 178, No. 10, 01.10.2018, p. 1301-1310.
  • "Higher Quality, Lower Cost with an Innovative Geriatrics Consultation Service." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society  In: , Vol. 66, No. 9, 01.09.2018, p. 1790-1795.
  • "Training Health Professions preceptors in rural practices : A challenge for Interprofessional practice and education." Journal of Interprofessional Care  In: , 11.04.2018, p. 1-3.
  • "Fall prevention hits stumbling blocks." Managed Care  In: , Vol. 2018, No. MAR, 6, 01.03.2018.
  • "Older hospital inpatients’ fall risk factors, perceptions, and daily activities to prevent falling." Geriatric Nursing  In: , 01.01.2018.
  • "Lessons Learned from Implementing CDC's STEADi Falls Prevention Algorithm in Primary Care." Gerontologist  In: , Vol. 57, No. 4, 01.08.2017, p. 787-796.
  • "Collaborative falls prevention : Interprofessional team formation, implementation, and evaluation." Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing  In: , Vol. 47, No. 12, 01.12.2016, p. 545-550.
  • "Corrigendum : Adoption of evidence-based fall prevention practices in primary care for older adults with a history of falls [Front Public Health, 4, (2016) (190)] doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2016.00190." Frontiers in Public Health  In: , Vol. 4, No. NOV, 255, 16.11.2016.
  • "Falls prevention education : Interprofessional training to enhance collaborative practice." Gerontology and Geriatrics Education  In: , 21.08.2016, p. 1-12.
  • "An Interprofessional Approach to Reducing the Risk of Falls Through Enhanced Collaborative Practice." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society  In: , Vol. 64, No. 8, 01.08.2016, p. 1701-1707.
  • "Development of the assessment for collaborative environments (ACE-15) : A tool to measure perceptions of interprofessional “teamness”." Journal of Interprofessional Care  In: , 31.03.2016, p. 1-7.
  • "Exercise and fall prevention : Narrowing the research-to-practice gap and enhancing integration of clinical and community practice." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society  In: , Vol. 64, No. 2, 01.02.2016, p. 425-431.
  • "Performance of a Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Short Form in Older Adults with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain." Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.)  In: , Vol. 17, No. 2, 01.02.2016, p. 314-324.
  • "Can dementia be delayed? What you need to know to counsel your older patients."   New Directions in Geriatric Medicine: Concepts, Trends, and Evidence-Based Practice. Springer International Publishing, 2016. p. 1-12.
  • "Electronic health record tools to care for at-risk older drivers : A quality improvement project." Gerontologist  In: , Vol. 55, 01.06.2015, p. S128-S139.
  • "Predicting mortality in older adults with kidney disease : A pragmatic prediction model." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society  In: , Vol. 63, No. 3, 01.03.2015, p. 508-515.
  • "Pharmacotherapy for Hypertension in Older Adults : A Systematic Review." Drugs and Aging  In: , Vol. 31, No. 12, 25.11.2014, p. 897-910.
  • "A randomized controlled trial of patient-reported outcomes with tai chi exercise in Parkinson's disease." Movement Disorders  In: , Vol. 29, No. 4, 2014, p. 539-545.
  • "Optimizing health for complex adults in primary care : Current challenges and a way forward." Journal of General Internal Medicine  In: , Vol. 29, No. 6, 2014, p. 911-914.
  • "Statins and physical activity in older men : The osteoporotic fractures in men study." JAMA Internal Medicine  In: , Vol. 174, No. 8, 2014, p. 1263-1270.
  • "Complexity in graduate medical education : A collaborative education agenda for internal medicine and geriatric medicine." Journal of General Internal Medicine  In: , Vol. 29, No. 6, 2014, p. 940-946.
  • "Screening for cognitive impairment in older adults : A systematic review for the U.S. preventive services task force." Annals of Internal Medicine  In: , Vol. 159, No. 9, 05.11.2013, p. 601-612.
  • "Response letter to Drs. Glind, Hooft, and van Munster." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society  In: , Vol. 61, No. 6, 06.2013, p. 1048-1049.
  • "Individualizing cancer screening in older adults : A narrative review and framework for future research." Journal of General Internal Medicine  In: , Vol. 28, No. 2, 02.2013, p. 292-298.
  • "Challenges in synthesizing and interpreting the evidence from a systematic review of multifactorial interventions to prevent functional decline in older adults." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society  In: , Vol. 60, No. 11, 11.2012, p. 2157-2166.
  • "Hearing, mobility, and pain predict mortality : A longitudinal population-based study." Journal of Clinical Epidemiology  In: , Vol. 65, No. 7, 07.2012, p. 764-777.
  • "Update in geriatric medicine." Journal of General Internal Medicine  In: , Vol. 27, No. 3, 03.2012, p. 371-375.
  • "Tai chi and postural stability in patients with Parkinson's disease." New England Journal of Medicine  In: , Vol. 366, No. 6, 09.02.2012, p. 511-519.
  • "The Rural Older Adult Memory (ROAM) study : A practice-based intervention to improve dementia screening and diagnosis." Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine  In: , Vol. 23, No. 4, 07.2010, p. 486-498.
  • "Update in geriatric medicine." Journal of General Internal Medicine  In: , Vol. 24, No. 3, 03.2009, p. 421-426.

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