Dr. Bruce Troen Named Interim Chief of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

Bruce R. Troen, M.D., professor of medicine, has been named interim chief of the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at the Miller School. He is taking over responsibilities from Bernard A. Roos, M.D., who is stepping back from administrative duties to focus on his research.

“I am delighted Bruce has agreed to take on this responsibility,” said Marc Lippman, M.D., professor and chair of medicine, in making the announcement. “His vision for developing more widespread geriatric initiatives throughout the medical center will greatly increase the impact of geriatrics at our medical school.”

Dr. Troen is a physician-scientist formally trained in geriatrics and molecular biology. He graduated cum laude from both Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. After residency training in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, he spent five years in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the National Cancer Institute. He received his geriatric fellowship training and assumed his first faculty appointment in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Michigan. Dr. Troen further developed his academic career with subsequent appointments at Lankenau Medical Research Center in Philadelphia and Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, before joining the faculty at the Miller School in 2002.

During his tenure here, Dr. Troen was promoted from associate to full professor in 2008 and was named director of the Molecular Gerontology Program. Dr. Troen is a dedicated clinician with responsibilities at the Miami VA Medical Center. In addition, he has several major foci of research, including osteoporosis, longevity/aging mechanisms, and frailty. He is also investigating the broader mechanisms that underlie the development of age-related diseases and their impact upon the quality of life and longevity. Dr. Troen is collaborating in the study of the impact of vitamin D and resveratrol supplementation in the elderly in clinical trials that assess physical performance, body composition and biomarkers of bone turnover, insulin sensitivity, and inflammation.

“As my career progressed, I was delighted to discover the central role teaching would occupy both in my research and clinical interests and in my academic career,” said Dr. Troen about the challenge of balancing responsibilities in an academic medical center. “I therefore enjoy participating in the wonderful combination of patient care, research, and education.”

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