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UPMC Recruits Internationally Recognized Geriatric Medicine Specialist


PITTSBURGH , April 2008 — Robert Palmer, M.D., M.P.H., a specialist in geriatric medicine, was recently appointed director of clinical geriatrics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

Dr. Palmer has gained national prominence for innovative efforts to improve the outcomes of hospitalization through geriatric assessment and interdisciplinary care.

“Dr. Palmer is an internationally recognized face in the field of geriatric medicine and brings to UPMC his extensive expertise in caring for older adults. He will be a wonderful addition to our already accomplished team of geriatric specialists,” said Neil M. Resnick, M.D., chief of the division of geriatric medicine and director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute on Aging.

Dr. Palmer attended medical school at the University of Michigan and completed his residency training in internal medicine at the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center. He obtained his master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he later completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine. He is nationally and internationally recognized for his patient care, research and publications. He is the author of numerous book chapters, scientific reviews and geriatric textbooks, including Age Well! and Acute Hospital Care. Dr. Palmer comes to UPMC from the Cleveland Clinic, where he served as head of the section of geriatric medicine.

The University of Pittsburgh Institute on Aging is a comprehensive resource providing expertise and information on aging and geriatric care for seniors, caregivers, educators, students and health care professionals. The University of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center together devote more resources to aging than almost any other academic system in the nation. Learn more about the Institute on Aging by visiting


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