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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.

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



Donald W. Reynolds Foundation

The College was in the third cohort of Reynolds grantees, whose purpose was to expand geriatric education. We expanded our curriculum to teach principles of geriatric care that could be applied across the lifespan. In order to help patients of all ages, we planned a curriculum that didn't label the principles being taught as geriatric.  The curriculum starts the moment medical students set foot on campus, allowing broad acceptance and application of geriatric concepts in all disciplines of medical education. Dr. Lisa Granville, Associate Chair, was the Principle Investigator.

Live Oak Geriatric Education Center Consortium

The College was the recipient of a 3-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. This grant was a consortium of FSU, Florida A&M University, and University of South Alabama. Dr. Ken Brummel-Smith, Chair, was the Principle Investigator.



The department’s faculty conducts research on a wide range of topics. Read more About Our Research.


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:

  • Eleven faculty with advanced training in geriatrics (MD), gerontology (PhD), law, education, and social sciences
  • Four 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