Suzanne D. Fields, MD, LIGEC Director, Stony Brook University Medical Center
"Reports show that there are increasing numbers of older patients with multiple, chronic conditions or disabling diseases resulting in limitations of function in Nassau and Suffolk Counties," says Suzanne Fields, M.D., Chief of the Division of Geriatrics and General Internal Medicine at the Health Sciences Center, and Program Director of the Center.
"The refunding of LIGEC
from HRSA through 2010 enables us to establish this Island-wide Consortium
and provide specialized training to health care providers in diverse clinical settings," said Dr. Fields
"Training in geriatrics is highly important because the geriatric population has a distinct set of physiological, emotional, and practical needs requiring specialized approaches and treatment regimens," says Dr. Fields
"Since most health care professionals do not receive the geriatrics training necessary to respond to the unique and complex needs of older adults, inaccurate diagnoses and inappropriate care often result."
Dr. Fields will coordinate Consortium activities with the LIGEC Faculty team at Stony Brook as well as with LIGEC Faculty Consortium members including Dr. Jay Slotkin, a community geriatrician working out of Eastern Long Island Hospital; Irving Gomolin, M.D., Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Chief, Division of Clinical Pharmacology at Winthrop University Hospital; Maureen Regan, Assistant Director of Medical Education at Winthrop; and, Judith Beizer, PharmD, FASCP, St. John's College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions.