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Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)


Eastern Colorado GRECC Team

6 February 2020

Leadership | Administration | Investigators | Fellows


Robert S. Schwartz, MD
Title: Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Professor, Geriatric Medicine
Contact: robert.schwartz@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— primary care for older patients including: dementia, depression, hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, nutrition/exercise, thyroid disease, over-medication and sleep disorders

Wendy M. Kohrt, PhD
Title: Associate Director for Research
Pofessor, Geriatric Medicine
Contact: wendy.kohrt@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium (MoTrPAC): NIH Common Fund initiative to establish a comprehensive map of the molecular responses to endurance and resistance exercise, with long-term goal of understanding mechanisms for health benefits of exercise. CU-AMC is one of seven Clinical Centers that will enroll 3000 participants.
— Bioenergetic and Metabolic Consequences of the Loss of Gonadal Function
— Novel Modifiers of Musculoskeletal Adaptations to Exercise

Kathryn Nearing, PhD, MA
Title: Associate Director for Education and Evaluation
Assistant Professor, Geriatric Medicine
Contact: kathryn.nearing@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Older Veteran Engagement Team (OVET)

Lauren Abbate, MD
Title: Acting Associate Director, Clinical
Contact: lauren.abbate@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Integration of an Evidence-based Exercise Program, Walk with Ease, into the Existing MOVE! Program

Skotti Church, MD
Title: Associate Program Director, Geriatrics Fellowship
Assistant Professor, Geriatrics
Contact: skotti.church@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Health professions education
— Interprofessional Education

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Colleen Costello
Title: Administrative Officer
Contact: colleen.costello@va.gov

Karleen Stratton
Title: Administrative Support Assistant
Contact: Karleen.Stratton@va.gov

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Marian Betz, MD
Title: Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Contact: marian.betz@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— older driver safety
— suicide prevention

Patrick "Jud" Blatchford, PhD
Title: Research Associate, Biostatistics and Informatics
Contact: patrick.blatchford@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Pre-Clinical
— Clinical Trials (Phase 1 & Phase 2)
— Study Design

Cory Christiansen, PT PhD
Title: Professor, Physical Therapy
Contact: cory.christiansen@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Physical Activity Behavior Change for Older Veterans after Dysvascular Amputation
— Integrating Walking Behavior Change into Rehabilitation for People with Amputation because of Vascular Disease/Diabetes

Marc Cornier, MD
Title: Professor, Endocrinology
Contact: marc.cornier@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Appetite Regulation in Older-Aged Obese Individuals

Michael Harris-Love, PT, MPT, DSc, FGSA
Title: Visiting Professor, CU Physical Therapy Program
Contact: Michael.Harris-Love@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Promoting the functional independence of older adults
— Developing viable methods of assessing muscle quality
— Employing innovative exercise interventions for those with sarcopenia

Dwight Klemm, PhD
Title: Professor, Pulmonary Sciences
Contact: dwight.klemm@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Age- and Sex-associated Production of Adipocytes from Bone Marrow Stem Cells

Hillary Lum, MD, PhD
Title: Associate Professor, Geriatric Medicine
Contact: hillary.lum@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Patient-centered Outcomes Research to Support Diverse Communities with Advance Care Decision Making

Daniel Matlock, MD
Title: Associate Professor, Geriatric Medicine
Contact: daniel.matlock@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Shared Decision Making; Hospice Decision Aids
— Decision Aids for ICDs and LVADs
— Doctor-Patient Communication and Patient Engagement

Ed Melanson, PhD
Title: Professor, Endocrinology and Geriatric Medicine
Contact: ed.melanson@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Effects of Lifestyle Factors (physical activity, diet, and sleep) on Bioenergetics (energy and substrate metabolism, and physical activity), particularly related to Obesity and Aging

Kerrie Moreau, PhD
Title: Professor, Geriatric Medicine
Contact: kerrie.moreau@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Gonadal Regulation of Endothelial Function

Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT PhD
Title: Professor, Physical Therapy
Contact: jennifer.stevens-lapsley@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Improving Function in Older Veterans with Hospital-associated Deconditioning
— Improving Rehabilitation Outcomes After Total Hip Arthroplasty
— Shifting Rehabilitation Paradigms in Skilled Nursing Facilities toward Higher-Intensity Rehabilitation

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Jacob J. Capin, PT, DPT, MS, PhD candidate
Title: GRECC Advanced Research Fellow, Physical Therapy
Contact: jacob.capin@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Investigate prevention of osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases affecting people as they age, including our service Veterans

Sean Iwamoto, MD
Title: Instructor of Medicine, Endocrinology
Contact: sean.iwamoto@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Transgender health

Teresa S Jones MD, MS FACS
Title: GRECC Advanced Research Fellow
Contact: teresa.jones@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Develop a home-based prehabilitation program for patients prior to surgery

Laura Swink, OTR, PhD
Title: GRECC Advanced Research Fellow – Occupational Therapy
Contact: laura.swink@cuanschutz.edu
Research Activities:
— Conduct a mixed-methods study that will identify changes in Veteran perceptions across the course of TKA rehabilitation related to: (1) barriers and facilitators of PA and (2) self-reported life participation and participation restrictions

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