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Robert E. Roush, EdD, MPH
Robert E. Roush, EdD, MPH
Huffington Center on Aging,
Baylor College of Medicine,
1 Baylor Plaza, MS230
Houston, TX 77030;
Phone (713) 798-4611
Fax (713) 798-6688
Robert E. Roush, EdD, MPH
Director, Texas Consortium Geriatric Education Center;
Associate Professor, Geriatrics Section, Department of Medicine;
HCOA Faculty Associate.
A native of Baytown, Texas, Dr. Robert E. (Bob) Roush graduated in 1962 with an Associate of Arts degree from Lee College (http://www.lee.edu) ; he then took his baccalaureate and master's degrees, respectively, at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas in 1964 and in 1966.
In 1969, he earned his doctorate in education (Ed.D.) at the University of Houston . He was awarded two competitive postdoctoral fellowships at the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in Washington, D.C. and at the University of Southern California School of Medicine in Los Angeles, respectively.
In 1971, Dr. Roush joined the Baylor College of Medicine faculty as the founding director of the Center for Allied Health Professions.
During his 18 years as director of allied health sciences, he served on the International Affairs Committee of the American Society of Allied Health Professions.
He was also a founder of the Southern Association of Allied Health Deans at Academic Health Centers.
Two of the programs he
helped found, the Houston High School for Health Professions
, now known as the Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions, and the Medical Terminology and Anatomy/Physiology program, are still in existence.
is now in his
38th year at Baylor
In 1979, he
completed an M.P.H. degree from the University of Texas School of Public Health . From 1985 to the present, Dr. Roush
has directed the Texas Consortium Geriatric Education Center
(TCGEC), a group of nine academic health science centers in Texas.
On each of the seven times the TCGEC
has had to compete for renewals, the Baylor grant has either been the top or second-ranked grant in the country as judged by the peer-review rating system.
In November 2000, Dr. Roush
completed a three-year term as President of the National Association of Geriatric Education Centers
, during which time he
testified before the U.S. Senate
Subcommittee on Public Health and Safety regarding reauthorization of the Health Professions Education Act resulting in passage of S. 1754 sponsored by Sen.
As a result of these opportunities, Dr. Roush served as the co-author of the Frail Elders Vulnerable Population Collaboration Group established by the Association of Schools of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Via a CDC subcontract from the UT School of Public Health
in Houston, he
has conducted well over 30 presentations nationally on GEP&R.
Dr. Roush also works in the area of emergency preparedness for elders with the Canadian Division of Aging and Seniors and co-chairs the international committee on health-related issues arising from frail elders in disasters.
A Faculty Associate of Baylor's Huffington Center on Aging, he is also an Associate Professor of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine and Professor of Gerontology at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
coordinates Continuing Medical Education for the Section of Geriatrics and teaches medical residents and geriatrics fellows.
38 years at Baylor
has authored 407 publications, invited papers and funded grant applications approaching the $20 million dollar mark for various training and research projects.
Nominated by a national aging organization, Dr. Roush
was selected to write the aging piece for Microsoft's
1999 Encarta Encyclopedia.
has also written on the socialization of the health professions and how this process affects scholarly productivity in various fields.
Dr. Roush is the producer of a critically acclaimed video on the benefits of exercise to young and older persons.
The video has been shown nationally on the Dish and Direct TV Networks and was archived on the Research Channel's
And in addition to promoting physical fitness as something everyone should do all their lives, he
now is equally interested in helping older persons exercise their brains to help prevent normal age-related memory loss and even attenuate mild cognitive impairment.
During the fall 2007 semester, Dr. Roush added yet another area of interest to his career: he taught a course on health communications at the University of Houston-Downtown.
Focusing on the unique needs of older people to understand and comply with what their health care providers recommend they do, this course on health literacy in aging was the first such course in a college or university in Houston.
This fall was the third group of UH-D students learning more about older people and their own aging.
And yet another new venture is his
work with other Baylor faculty in geriatrics, ethics, neuropsychology, and health services research in devising ways for physicians to screen for older persons with mild cognitive impairment who may be at risk of a rising new problem in America: elder investment fraud and financial exploitation.
EIFFE occurs when people are sold unnecessary equity-based annuities with exorbitantly high surrender fees and front-end loaded mutual funds that are churned by unscrupulous financial advisors to generate fees for themselves.
Dr. Roush and Drs. Aanand Naik, George Taffet, Mark Kunik, Larry McCullough, and Nancy L. Wilson, LMSW, from Baylor and Drs.
At the GSA
meeting in Atlanta, November 2009, Dr. Roush
team presented the results of a series of ten continuing medical education programs in Texas.
The preliminary data are encouraging, as there appears to be a high case-finding rate among the physicians who've used the Clinician's Pocket Guide to assess for vulnerability to EIFFE among their older patients.
Dr. Roush's community service includes having served as Chair, Health Advisory Committee of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation; Director, BancTexas Northside; and Board Member of the Sam Houston State University and University of Houston Alumni Associations.
He also serves on the Huffington Center on Aging Development Board.
wife Carole have a son, Jonathan, born 1970; a daughter, Stephanie, born 1974; and an eight-year-old granddaughter, Carmella, who affords them the great joy of being grandparents.
enjoys being with his
family, jogging, reading and playing golf.
He is also an alumnus volunteer for his fraternity, Delta Tau Delta , which he served as a member of the Arch Chapter from 1985 until 2002 -- first as Western Division President, Director of Academic Affairs, Secretary, and 1st Vice President.
From 2000-2002, Dr. Roush served as the 45th International President of Delta Tau Delta, an organization founded in 1858 at Bethany College in West Virginia.