About the Department

Geriatrics is a key component of the mission of the College of Medicine. The key functions of the department include:

  • Educating medical students and residents.
  • Integrating geriatric principles into the curriculum.
  • Disseminating geriatric information and best practices to practicing physicians.
  • Researching aging, aging policy, health, and healthcare delivery as it pertains to the older adult.
  • Participating in clinical services and community activities.


The College is the first medical school in history to begin with a legislative mandate to teach geriatrics in all four years. Read more about the curriculum, geriatric clerkship, senior electives, and the geriatric rotation under the "Education" tab.

For more information on a career in geriatrics, read Choosing Geriatrics as a Specialty.



The Department of Geriatrics at the FSU College of Medicine has received a number of multi-million dollar grants in its history from federal, state, and private agencies to enhance geriatric care education and expand scientific understanding of aging and how to improve the care and lives of older adults. Resulting projects and knowledge continue to have a lasting effect across the state of Florida. A few of the department's grants include:

The North and Central Florida Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Partnership: three-year, $2.25 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration anchored by the FSU COM Department of Geriatrics involving six unique projects in collaborative partnership among FSU, community-based primary care, and community-based education organizations. The projects all aim to develop providers who can assess and address the needs of older adults and their families/caregivers at the individual, community, and population levels, transform clinical training environments to integrated geriatrics and primary care delivery systems, and create and deliver community-based programs that will provide patients, families, and caregivers with the knowledge and skills to improve health outcomes and the quality of care for older adults. Dr. Paul Katz, Chair, and Dr. Lisa Granville, Associate Chair, Co-Principal Investigators.

The Reynolds Foundation Grant: a four-year, $2 million geriatrics education grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation resulting in a comprehensive program impacting geriatric education for medical students, residents, fellows, and practicing physicians in Florida; Dr. Lisa Granville, Associate Chair, Principle Investigator.

Live Oak Geriatric Education Center Consortium: three-year, $1,500,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration to provide interdisciplinary geriatric education in the community and was a consortium of FSU, Florida A&M University, and University of South Alabama. Dr. Ken Brummel-Smith, Principle Investigator.

To find out more about other sponsored projects in the department, please visit our current and archived project pages.



Research plays a critical role in the department's mission to lead the nation in preparing physicians to provide exemplary care to older adults. The goal of the Department's research efforts is to study the multiple domains of health and well-being of older adults and to examine how we can best educate physicians to care for this population. The Department's faculty conduct research on a wide range of topics related to aging, aging policy, health, and healthcare delivery.  Learn more on the Department's Research page.


Community Service

Faculty, staff, and students participate in many activities and dedicate their time to serving our community. Read more about Faculty and Student Service Activities.

American Geriatrics Society Clinician of the Year Award

This award was established to recognize the great contributions of practitioners to the delivery of quality healthcare to older people, and the importance of the geriatrics clinician in our healthcare delivery system.

2012 Winner: Dr. Niharika Suchak
2013 Winner: Dr. Rosemary Laird


Faculty and Staff

The department is comprised of:

  • Twelve faculty with advanced training in geriatrics (MD), gerontology (PhD), law, education, and social sciences
  • Six full-time staff located at the main campus
  • Geriatricians located at each regional campus who serve as part-time faculty teaching third- and fourth-year medical students
  • Over 30 clinical geriatrician, nurse practitioner, and social work faculty