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Salerno Appointed NIA Deputy Director

By Jeannine Mjoseth

Dr. Judith A. Salerno, who executed policies to improve pain management, long-term care, and end-of-life care as chief consultant for geriatrics and extended care at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), has been appointed deputy director of the National Institute on Aging.

"Dr. Salerno's experience administering the VHA's major geriatric and aging initiatives, her relationships with professional and advocacy organizations, and her previous tenure at the NIA, presage her contributions toward the NIA's future research agenda," said Dr. Richard J. Hodes, NIA director.

Dr. Judith A. Salerno

At the VHA in Washington, D.C., Salerno set procedures to improve the VHA's diagnosis and treatment of dementia while forging relationships with the American Geriatrics Society, the Gerontological Society of America, and the National Chronic Care Consortium. Geriatric training is her top priority: at the VHA, she expanded the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Centers from 16 to 21 major centers. This represented an important recommitment of the veterans' health system to academic geriatrics and a research investment into stroke, palliative care, functional impairment, and cardiovascular diseases in older people.

This is Salerno's second appointment at NIA. From 1989 to 1992, she served as senior clinical investigator at the Laboratory of Neurosciences, where she concentrated on clinical research in Alzheimer's disease and geriatric hypertension. From 1992 to 1995, she was an NIA guest researcher.

Salerno received her M.D. degree and a master's degree in health policy and management from Harvard Medical School, followed by clinical and fellowship training in internal medicine at Georgetown University, George Washington University and NIH. Certified in geriatric medicine, she has authored more than 50 publications related to the treatment of older people and age-associated diseases.

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