Department of Geriatrics Chair Named

Dayton, Ohio-Larry W. Lawhorne, M.D., has been appointed chair and professor of the Department of Geriatrics at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

Lawhorne comes to Wright State from the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University where he was director of the Geriatric Education Center and professor of family medicine. He holds a B.A. and an M.D. from the University of Virginia and completed a family practice residency at the University of Iowa. Lawhorne also chaired the Michigan State Medical Society's Committee on Aging, and is a past president of the American Medical Directors Association, a national organization of physicians interested in improving health care in nursing homes.

"The ability to recruit a chair of Dr. Lawhorne's caliber speaks volumes about the future of geriatric research and education at Wright State," says Howard M. Part, M.D., dean of the Boonshoft School of Medicine. "His impressive track record of interdisciplinary collaboration in the areas of research and teaching is a perfect match for our community-based institution."

An outstanding educator, Lawhorne has received teacher of the year awards at every institution with which he has been affiliated, and he has been active in geriatric education and gerontology curriculum development. His research interests include recognition assessment, management of dementia in primary care settings, using telemedicine in nursing homes, and end of life issues.

"Building on the community-based medical education model and the primary care expertise of the Boonshoft School of Medicine," says Lawhorne, "the new department will use a functional biopsychosocial approach to prepare today's learners to meet tomorrow's challenge - providing high quality individualized health care for the increasing number of older Americans."

A prolific author, Lawhorne has published numerous articles in refereed journals, as well as serving on the editorial boards of Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, Caring for the Ages, and Long Term Links, as well as reviewing and writing abstracts for presentations around the country. Lawhorne is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, Gerontological Society of America, and the American Medical Directors Association (past president, and director of the Foundation's Practice-Based Research Network.) He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, Sigma Xi, and Phi Beta Kappa and was recipient of the V.K. Volk Award, presented by the Michigan Society of Gerontology for outstanding contributions toward improving health care for older persons.

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Last edited on 12/15/2014.