Welcome to the UCLA Division of Geriatrics Website!
The Division of Geriatrics is dedicated to meeting its three-component mission of:
- Training physicians and other health professionals to provide exemplary care of older persons, and training new faculty to lead geriatric education
- Conducting research aimed at improving the health and health care of older persons, and training new investigators to conduct this research
- Providing the highest quality care of older persons, particularly those who are frail
Since its inception in 1979, the UCLA Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology (MPGMG) has been recognized as a national leader in providing clinical care for older persons, teaching physicians and other health professionals how to better care for older persons, and conducting research aimed at improving the health and independence of older persons.
The MPGMG includes four core sites:
- UCLA Medical Center and the Center for Health Sciences
- VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
- Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
- Anna and Harry Borun Center for Gerontological Research
In addition, these core sites have community-based, nursing home, and home care programs, which extend the clinical and teaching missions of the MPGMG beyond the academic medical center. The research and educational missions of the MPGMG also link the Program to other schools and departments on the UCLA campus as well as its affiliated institutions.
About the Division
Since 1990, UCLA Medical Center has consistently been ranked among the top three hospitals in the United States for geriatrics by U.S. News & World Report. The main campus branch of the Division, which includes 28 faculty members, pursues research aimed at improving the overall health of people as they age and focuses on the clinical epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of older persons; health services delivery; the physiology of age-related changes; and the basic cellular and molecular biology of aging. In 2020, the Division agreed upon a set of principles with the aim of creating an intentional and authentic community that embraces equity, diversity, and inclusion for its faculty, trainees, staff, patients, and research participants.
UCLA Geriatric Clinical Care
The breadth of the division’s clinical programs addresses the varied needs of its patients. Although most older persons are insured through Medicare, Medicaid, and other supplemental insurance, there are large gaps in the benefits provided. Funding for clinical programs can help ensure that all those age 65 and above have access to vital services.
Research at UCLA Geriatrics
For over a quarter century, UCLA and its affiliated institutions have recognized the need to develop new initiatives in geriatrics and gerontological research to advance knowledge regarding older people and the aging process.
The research interests of UCLA faculty span the basic, clinical, social, and behavioral sciences.
Geriatric Education at UCLA
The UCLA Division of Geriatrics is a national leader in education and training in geriatrics and gerontology, and can be found at UCLA in disciplines such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, social welfare, public health and psychology, among others. Providing advanced education to all levels of students, residents, fellows, faculty and our community is a top priority and we work diligently to create an educational environment that will allow our interested visitors to learn in any number of ways and venues.