IU geriatrician named president of the American Geriatrics Society
INDIANAPOLIS — The founding director of Indiana University Geriatrics, Steven R. Counsell, M.D., will become the 62nd president of the American Geriatrics Society at the start of the organization’s 2015 AGS Annual Scientific Meeting May 15-17 in National Harbor, Maryland.
At the Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Counsell is the Mary Elizabeth Mitchell Professor of Geriatrics, founding director of IU Geriatrics and a center scientist with the Indiana University Center for Aging Research. IU Geriatrics is one of the largest academic programs in the country, with 33 faculty including 22 board certified geriatricians.
Dr. Counsell’s contributions to American Geriatrics Society work in the fields of health professional education and elder care public policy have placed him at the forefront of the AGS’s mission to ensure high-quality, patient-centered care for all. For this reason, the Society recognized Dr. Counsell in 2007 with its prestigious Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Award, which celebrates a geriatrics leader who has made significant contributions to the progress of geriatrics education in health professions schools.
A 27-year member of the American Geriatrics Society, Dr. Counsell will serve as chair of the AGS board of directors following his year-long tenure as president.