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Catherine Sarkisian, MD


Catherine Sarkisian, MD

UCLA Physician Catherine Sarkisian, MD specializes in Geriatric Medicine.
Geriatric Medicine
Language Spoken
Hospital Affiliation
Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
State License Number
(310) 206-8272
Fax Number
Voted Best Doctor

200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 420
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Geriatric Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2000, 2010
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1996, 2006
Geriatric Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, 1999 - 2000
Health Services, UCLA School of Public Health/Preventive Medicine, 1997 - 1999
Internal Medicine, New York Hospital - Cornell University Medical Ctr, 1994 - 1996
Internal Medicine, New York Hospital - Cornell University Medical Ctr, 1993 - 1994
MD, UC San Francisco School of Medicine, 1993
Research Interest
Increasing physical activity and preventing disability among underserved older adults, improving quality of life among frail older adults, community-based research collaborations
Awards & Recognition
  • 2014 Society of General Internal Medicine, Distinguished Professor in Geriatrics
  • 2012 Reynolds Visiting Professor, UCSF School of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics
  • 2011 American Geriatrics Society, Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation Award
  • 2010 American Geriatrics Society, Best Paper Award in Prevention Category
  • 2009 Best Mentor Award- Medical Student Training in Aging Research at UCLA, UCSF, and UCD
  • 2008 The American Geriatrics Society, Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Service
  • 2008 Visiting Professor, Brookdale Department of Geriatrics & Adult Development, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY.
  • 2007 Visiting Professor, Division of Geriatrics, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY.
  • 2007 Visiting Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Chicago Medical Center
  • 2003 Paul B. Beeson Faculty Scholar Award
  • 2004 Lefeber Visiting Professor, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
  • 2001 The Brookdale Foundation National Fellowship Program, awardee
  • 1999 The American Geriatrics Society - Merck New Investigator Award
  • 1989 Princeton University Department of Philosophy A.B. cum laude
Selected Recent Publications:

1. Davis MM, Bond LA, Howard A, Sarkisian CA, Primary care clinician expectations regarding aging. Gerontologist. 2011;51(6):856-66.
2. Kelley AS<, Ettner SL, Wenger NS, Sarkisian CA. Determinants of death in the hospital among older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2011 Dec;59(12):2321-5.
3. Kelley AS, Ettner SL, Morrison RS, Du Q, Sarkisian C. Disability and decline in physical function associated with hospital use at end of life. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Jul;27(7):794-800.
4. Cordasco KM, Homeier DC, Franco I, Wang PC, Sarkisian CA. Health literacy screening of geriatric monolingual Spanish-speaking patients using single-item literacy screening questions and education. Health Education Journal. 2012 Sep;71(5):597-605.
5. Hernandez R, Prohaska TR, Wang P, Sarkisian CA. The longitudinal relationship between depression and walking behavior in older Latinos: the "¡Caminemos!" study. J Aging Health. 2013 Mar;25(2):319-41.
6. Choi SE, Reed PL, Sarkisian CA. Gender differences in the relationship between diabetes-specific quality of life and depressive symptoms in middle-aged and older Korean immigrants. Res Gerontol Nurs. 2013 Oct;6(4):283-92.

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