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Geriatric Emergency Department: San Francisco ER Collaborative

December 10, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


On Thursday, December 10th, Institute on Aging welcomes a full team of experts from Kaiser-Permanente, Zuckerberg General Hospital and UCSF, as they present information about the new Geriatric Emergency Department collaborative in San Francisco. These three hospitals are currently improving geriatric care within their respective emergency departments, especially for those with dementia/cognitive impairment, and are working in conjunction with one another towards obtaining the highest level of accreditation as geriatric emergency departments.  In addition to making the presentation, the team will be announcing the inception of a new patient-advisory council—preferably comprised of patients or family members who have had experience coming through the ERs or the clinics. The collaborative’s belief is that patients and family members are exceptional resources for driving improvement of care.


GED Project (Medical) Director/PI: Nida F. Degesys, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UCSF and is the Assistant Medical Director of the UCSF Parnassus Emergency Department. Dr. Degesys completed an administrative fellowship at Stanford University and emergency medicine residency at UCSF/ZSFG. As faculty, she directs the pulmonology and geriatrics curriculum blocks and her area of academic research focuses on N95 mask reuse and extended use, resulting in a JAMA 2020 publication. Dr. Degesys has won several awards including the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA) National Fellow of the Year in 2019, the faculty bedside teaching award in 2019, and National Resident Educator Award by the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) in 2018. Prior to medicine Dr. Degesys served in the United States Peace Corps in Panama. After medical school Dr. Degesys served as the national President of the American Medical Student Association, representing over 38,000 student members on various issues such as conflict of interest, student debt, and medical education. She continued her advocacy and leadership as a UCSF EM resident by serving as the EM resident representative to the ACEP Board of Directors and National Vice Speaker/Speaker of the Council for EMRA. Dr. Degesys also serves locally on the board of directors of the San Francisco and Marin Medical Society.

Co-GED Lead, James Hardy MD is an emergency medicine physician on faculty at UCSF with a special interest in geriatric emergency care. He is the Principal Investigator at our site for the West Foundation grant. As Medical Director of UCSF’s Caring for the Homeless Program, he will bring focus to issues related to the care of older adults experiencing homelessness. Dr. Hardy is also a member of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry and has lectured widely on verbal de-escalation skills. He is an advocate for the use of human and environmental interventions for the treatment of delirium and agitation in patients of any age. He will provide critical input in the planning and implementation phases and serve as the liaison with the West Foundation.


Jeremy Swartzberg, MD – Hospital Medicine and Emergency Medicine at the KP East Bay Medical Center in Oakland and Richmond, CA

Marlena Tang, MD – Emergency Medicine, Kaiser Permanente San Francisco

Ryan Wilber, Regional Consultant, Kaiser Permanente

Jennifer M. Wong, RN, BSN, PHN – Staff Nurse III, Clinical Project Manager, Emergency Department, Kaiser Permanente San Francisco


Project Lead on Best Practices Learning Exchange/co-I: Todd James MD, AGSF, FACP, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics, UCSF

Co-I, Neurology: Dr. Vanja Douglas, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology and Director of the Neurohospitalist Division of the Neurology Department at UCSF

Co-I, Neurology: Dr. Kate Possin, PhD, Associate Professor in Residence at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in the Department of Neurology and at the Global Brain Health Institute

Co-I, Geriatrics: Dr. Stephanie E. Rogers, Associate Professor of Medicine UCSF Division of Geriatrics.

Zlatan Coralic, PharmD., Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist, UCSF

Maria Raven MD, MPH, MSc, Chief of Emergency Medicine at UCSF and a Vice Chair in the UCSF Department of Emergency Medicine

Meher Singh, LCSW, Assistant Director of Social Work

Benjamin Tanner, RN, MSN, CNS, FNP-BC, CEN

Will Wood PA-C, Emergency Department APP (Advance Practice Provider) supervisor at UCSF.


Malini K Singh, MD, MPH, MBA, Vice Chief, ZSFG Department of Emergency Services, Clinical Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine

Eric Isaacs, MD, FACEP, Director, Geriatric Emergency Department, ZSFG , Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, UCSF

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December 10, 2020
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


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