Division of Geriatrics

About the Center

Director: Joe Verghese, MB, BS 


The Albert Einstein Jack and Pearl Resnick Gerontology Center:

  • advances broad aspects of aging research among Einstein clinical investigators and basic scientists
  • promotes interdepartmental collaboration regarding aging-related endeavors
  • enhances education and training related to the care of older adults at Einstein hospitals and outpatient clinics

History and Milestones

In 1980, Jack and Pearl Resnick, long-time loyal friends and supporters of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, endowed a Gerontology Center at the medical school. Their vision anticipated what soon would become a national health concern in the United States: the increasing numbers of older people whose longevity was reaching and even exceeding the biblical four score and ten. Today there are more than 35 million Americans aged 65 and over, about 13% of the population. That number is projected to grow to over 69 million (20% of all Americans) by the year 2030 and to nearly 80 million by 2050.

The Center was directed by Dr. Robert Katzman from its inception in 1980 until 1992, stimulating a nationally-recognized focus and expertise in research on dementia. Continued funding and activity of the Teaching Nursing Home allowed a focus on dementia research which complemented the basic science investigation in this area.

Dr. David Hamerman assumed the directorship of the Center in 1992 and created wide visibility for aging research programs at Einstein through a pilot research grant program, stimulated student research in aging (with AFAR awards), and was responsible again for promoting career development in aging research for several faculty members who have since become prominent investigators in aging-related disciplines. The Center supported the development and enhancement of medical student geriatrics education. He supported the collaboration between the Divisions of Geriatric Psychiatry, Bioethics, Geriatric Medicine and Neurology regarding educational and research activities which continues until the present time.

Dr. Laurie Jacobs was appointed as director in 2004. She established goals of enhancing and broadening the pilot grant award program in aging, strengthening collaboration between basic and clinical research activities, and expanding efforts in education and training in geriatric medicine at Einstein.

Dr. Joe Verghese, Chief of the Integrated Divisions of Cognitive and Motor Aging (Neurology) and Geriatrics (Medicine), is the current director of the Resnick Gerontology Center.


Study on Genetics of Frailty Aims to Keep Seniors Sprightly
Drs. Joe Verghese and Nir Barzilai have teamed up with Drs. Gil Atzmon and Roee Holtzer to identify interventions to keep us strong and agile into old age.


Dr. Joe Verghese's research was featured in a National Geographic cover story on the potential genetic roots of longevity.

Bogaisky's Readmission Study Receives AAMC Honorable Mention
Research conducted by Dr. Michael Bogaisky initiated a unique collaboration to identify and resolve the issues leading to high hospital readmission among the skilled nursing facility patient population.


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Division of Geriatrics
111 East 210 Street
Bronx, NY 10467

Fax: 718-655-9672

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