Section Chief's Welcome

William Dale, MD

Our population is aging in an unprecedented fashion; the proportion of people over age 65 will double in the coming decades and people over age 85 are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. This demographic imperative is challenging our health care system and society on many fronts, making geriatrics one of the most important disciplines for the 21st century. The Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine welcomes you to learn about how we are helping to address the clinical, training, and research challenges of our aging population.

Geriatrics distinguishes itself from most other medical disciplines in a number of ways including: expertise in the “geriatric syndromes” such as dementia, depression and frailty; a focus on function, psychosocial issues, and quality of life; and involvement in medical care across the continuum of care settings. Perhaps most important, however, is the multi-disciplinary approach that we bring to bear on patient care, teaching, and research. In the pursuit of excellence in patient care, teaching and research we regularly collaborate with experts from a range of medical subspecialties.