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Division of Geriatric Medicine

Saint Louis University’s Division of Geriatric Medicine offers an integrated set of programs that offer gerontological and geriatric education to geriatricians involved in the dissemination of state-of-the-art elder care throughout the region.

Created in 1988, the Division of Geriatric Medicine is the central element of internal medicine activities in aging in the School of Medicine. We enjoy generous laboratory and office space at both Saint Louis University and the VA Saint Louis Health Care System.

The wide range of service programs supplies numerous sites for training experiences. SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital has been listed as one of the top 10 geriatric programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report since 1998, and we have consistently ranked in the top 20 in the U.S. News and World Report for university-associated geriatric programs.

The division offers a variety of clinical services that depend upon interdisciplinary teams including physicians, nurses and social workers. An inpatient geriatric consultation service provides advice and service for elderly inpatients. An internal medicine ward team made up of geriatric medicine faculty focuses on the care of acutely ill elderly.

Outpatient services include clinics in geriatric assessment, continuity, diabetes, sexual dysfunction, incontinence and nutrition, among others. A special clinic exists for developmentally disabled elders. A home visit program exists to provide both care for the chronically ill and screening for healthy elders.

The division also offers a geriatric clinic for inner-city minority older persons in collaboration with the Community Health in Partnership group in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood. This program has been expanded to include a home visit program for very frail shut-ins.

Faculty and Staff

John E. Morley, M.B. B.Ch
Professor and Division Chief

About Dr. Morley

John E. Morley, M.D., known internationally as a gerontological researcher, clinician and educator, is the director of SLU’s Division of Geriatric Medicine and the Dammert Professor of Gerontology. In addition to extensive personal scientific achievements, Dr. Morley has directed the clinical training programs in both endocrinology and geriatrics and supervised research activities ranging from basic biomedical investigation to epidemiology and health services research.

He is the editor of the Journal of American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA), and recipient of the Ipsen Foundation of Longevity Award in 2001, the American Geriatrics Society's Lascher/Manning Award for Lifetime Achievement in Geriatrics in 2002, the Gerontological Society of America's Freeman Award in 2004, and the AMDA Pattee Award for Educational Excellence in 2011. He has developed a number of educational games and has a special interest in continuous quality improvement (CQI).  


Oscar Cepeda, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Program Director Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program

Susan A. Farr, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine

Julie Gammack, M.D.
Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education
Professor of Medicine

H.M. Perry, III, M.D.
Professor of Medicine

Cameron Simmons, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine


Gerald M. Mahon, M.D.
Associate Professor

Miriam Rodin, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine

Angela Sanford, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Andrew D. Nguyen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Christina Traber
Certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner 

Susan J. Elliott, FNP
Certified Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner

Faculty-Associated Facilities and Agencies

Members of our faculty are also medical directors of:

Lake Saint Charles 
Life Care Center
NHC Maryland Heights 
NHC Town and Country

Nurses and Company
Caris Hospice