Geriatrics & Gerontology

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"Physicians today need a solid background in geriatrics since almost every field will see an increasing number of elderly patients. In 2010 the first baby boomers will turn 65 followed by a tidal wave of geriatric patients. The competent physician will need excellent skills and knowledge in geriatrics to practice effectively. Through our interactions with students, residents and fellows, the faculty of the Division of Geriatrics/Gerontology is committed to promoting an understanding of the unique medical needs of the elderly. With the support of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, and in collaboration with the Office of Educational Services and the Center of Healthy Communities (Department of Family and Community Medicine), we are increasing our efforts with new curricular and student interest initiatives, a first of its kind combined Medicine/Geriatrics Residency program, and an innovative Geriatrics Medical Education Fellowship program. The enthusiasm and support for Geriatrics is building at MCW!"

Edmund Duthie, MD
Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology


Of the 446 Medical College Doctors recognized as Best Doctors in America, the Division of Geriatrics is proudly represented by 5 of our Geriatricians:


  • Edmund Duthie, MD
  • Edith Burns, MD
  • Mary Cohan, MD
  • Katie Denson, MD
  • Steve Denson, MD

On Thursday, February 21st, Edmund Duthie, MD, Professor of Medicine, Chief, Division of Geriatrics, participated in the Milwaukee Public Television 4th Street Forum panel discussion titled, “Impending Tsunami: As We Age, Who Will Care for Us?” where he and three other panel members discussed baby boomers, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act, and the lack of primary care physicians.

If you were not able to attend, or you missed the television broadcasts; you can view online.


MARCUS WHITE, Vice President of Community Partnerships, Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Panel Participants include:

EDMUND DUTHIE, MD, Professor of Medicine, Chief of Geriatrics & Gerontology Medical College of Wisconsin

JUNG KWAK, PhD, Gerontologist, UW-Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

JUAN FLORES, Director, Wisconsin’s Bureau of Nursing Home Resident Care

KATHRYNE SCHROETER, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor, Marquette University College of Nursing Nurse Ethicist, MCW’s Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities.



Click on the link below to the Geriatric Fast Facts Page


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