Department Chair: Dan Swagerty Jr., M.D., M.P.H.
Creating a vision for care of the older adult has been part of the Boonshoft School of Medicine’s mission since its inception. This vision was focused more sharply in 2006 with the creation of the Department of Geriatrics, which was the result of a community collaboration that included Premier Health Partners, the Dayton VA Medical Center and the Oscar Boonshoft family. Now, the department works collaboratively with the school’s other departments, affiliated hospitals and many area agencies and organizations to promote comprehensive geriatric care across all settings. Department faculty also work with faculty from other departments to incorporate the principles of geriatric medicine into the Biennium I and Biennium II curricula and participate in the education of family medicine and internal medicine residents.