Core Team

Beverly K. Lunsford, PhD, RN

Director
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, The George Washington University
Director, The Washington DC Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium 

Dr. Lunsford is PI for the Washington DC Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium (5 year project) and Geriatric Education Utilizing a Palliative Care Framework (3 year project), both projects funded by the Health Resource Services Administration (HRSA). Other research endeavors include: Co-PI on Improving the Knowledge, Skills and Leadership of RNs in Long Term Care Utilizing Rapid Cycle Quality Improvement, a 3 year HRSA funded project and Co-PI for Integrating Spirituality and Health to Increase Compassion and Patient Centered Care to refine a model intervention for improving health care systems in hospitals. Each of these projects improve the care of older adults by increasing the knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals and health professions students in the holistic care of older adults. Dr. Lunsford is a Board Member and Director of Research for the Health Ministries Association, and member of the American Nurses Association, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Sigma Theta Tau International and Gerontological Society of America.

 

Elizabeth L. Cobbs, MD

Co-Director
Associate Professor of Medicine, The George Washington University
Chief of Geriatrics and Extended Care, Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Associate Director, The Washington DC Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium 

Dr. Cobbs is an internist, geriatrician and palliative care physician, with a professional focus on training physicians and other health care professionals to improve the lives and health of older persons and those living with serious illness. She was a founding member of the Washington DC Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium (WAGECC), a regional collaboration to promote excellence in geriatrics education for multidisciplinary health professionals. The vibrant WAGECC partnership has led to a sustained collaborative effort in achieving educational excellence. Along with regional faculty leaders and provider organizations, Dr. Cobbs has fostered and developed a spectrum of "gem" clinical programs that provide excellence in patient service as well as training sites for physicians and students. She is currently Chief, Geriatrics, Extended Care and Palliative Care, Washington DC VA Medical Center; Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society; Co-Principal Investigator of WAGECC; Medical Director, Residences at Thomas Circle; Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, Associate Program Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, Associate Professor of Medicine, The George Washington University.

 

Dale Lupu, MPH, PhD

Program Development
Associate Research Professor, School of Nursing, The George Washington University
Expert Faculty and Mentor, The Washington DC Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium

Dr. Lupu has spent three decades helping to shape the field of hospice and palliative care. Her current academic interests center on bringing public health and health policy tools and perspectives to bear on questions of access, financing, quality and delivery of hospice and palliative care; integrating palliative care and hospice content into the public health and health policy curriculum; and developing a robust workforce with keen generalist and specialist level skills in hospice and palliative medicine. Formerly CEO of the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Dr. Lupu helped guide formation of the physician subspecialty of hospice and palliative medicine and obtain its official recognition as a subspecialty from ABMS and ACGME.  She recently served as Vice President for Professional Development at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Dr. Lupu has held positions in administration, research and policy. Currently, she holds an appointment in the GW School of Public Health and an adjunct appointment at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. She consults with the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care on public policy and quality issues.

 

Shari Sliwa, MA

Program Manager
Program Manager, The Washington DC Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium

 

 

 

Yukari Hattori, MD

Visiting Fellow

Yukari Hattori, MD completed her Internal Medicine residency program at Tokyo Metropolitan Geriatric Medical Center, Tokyo, Japan. She worked as the fellow of Palliative/Home care program at Kawasaki Municipal Ida Hospital/Kawasaki Comprehensive Care Center, Kanagawa, Japan, where she was involved in the quality of life research project (Integrated Distress Activity Score: IDAS). Dr. Hattori is currently a visiting fellow at the Center for Aging, Health and Humanities.  Her main interests include the quality of life in geriatrics/non-cancer setting and education in geriatric/palliative field.