Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine Offering New Services at Inpatient and Outpatient Clinics

The Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine has opened two new clinics to serve South Florida’s aging population both in the hospital and the community. The division now offers geriatric consultations to patients at University of Miami Hospital who are 65 or older and admitted to medical and surgical services. The division also established Geriatrics and Healthy Aging Clinics at University of Miami Hospital and Clinics to provide outpatient services.

Under the leadership of Clinical Director Joel Danisi, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine (pending rank), the clinics provide comprehensive consultations and evaluations to address the multiple and complex issues many aging patients face, including dementia, delirium, nutritional gaps, weakness and falls, medications, rehabilitation, social and family concerns, home evaluations, and follow up.

“With the number of geriatric patients in our population expanding, it is essential to provide these additional services,” said Danisi. “I am pleased to be part of the University’s outreach and the growth of the geriatric division.”

Hospital-based personnel, including rehabilitation therapists, social workers, pharmacists and discharge planners, are available to help admitting physicians provide interdisciplinary care to their patients. Physicians seeking inpatient consultations should call the University of Miami Hospital operator at 305-689-5511 and request the geriatric fellow to place an order for geriatric consultation.

Outpatient services are provided at UMHC on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m. To make an appointment for the outpatient clinic, please call UHealth Connect, the employee-dedicated appointment line at 305-243-CARE (2273).

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