Geriatric Medicine

The Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program of the North Shore-LIJ Health System is the oldest geriatric training program in the U.S. Started in 1975 by Dr. Leslie Libow, the program has graduated over 200 geriatric fellows, many of whom have become academic leaders in geriatric medicine.

The one-year Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program emphasizes excellence in geriatric patient care in a variety of clinical settings, from acute hospital settings to outpatient community centers. Fellows are mentored in transition of care of the vulnerable older adult throughout the interdisciplinary geriatric continuum. We have developed close interactions with other fellowship programs which has resulted in improved understanding of the complexity of healthcare delivery to older adults.  With a focus on the North Shore-LIJ Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship Program, the North Shore - LIJ Hospital Medicine Program, and the Zucker-Hillside Geropsychiatry Fellowship Program, our fellows are very prepared for a successful career in geriatrics.

The program emphasizes:

  • physiology of aging,
  • pathophysiology that commonly occurs in older persons,
  • atypical presentations of illnesses,
  • functional assessment,
  • cognitive status and affective assessment,
  • concepts of treatment, and
  • care management.

Leadership and Contact Details

Gisele Wolf-Klein, MD
Fellowship Program Director, Geriatric Medicine