Hackensack Meridian Health is pleased to announce that Laurie G. Jacobs, M.D., AGSF, chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center and the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, where she also serves as a professor of medicine, will begin serving as president of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) on May 3, 2018.
“The AGS membership and Geriatrics community is uniquely positioned to provide care to older adults and shape how that care is provided now and in the future,” Dr. Jacobs said. “I care deeply about doing all I can to make a positive and meaningful difference in this regard.”
Drawing on more than 30 years of experience as a geriatrician and health system leader, Dr. Jacobs will begin her tenure as AGS president by convening the AGS 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, FL in May.
“We are delighted that Dr. Jacobs will serve the AGS in this leadership role,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., FACS, president of Hackensack University Medical Center. “She fully embodies our commitment to provide the highest quality, human-centered care and I’m confident that her contribution will make have a significant impact.”
Dr. Jacobs has been an AGS member since 1988 and an AGS Board representative since 2011. She will begin her tenure as AGS President outlining her vision to improve health in aging.
Across her career, Dr. Jacobs has overseen more than 15 grant-funded projects to improve geriatrics education and the care of older adults across the U.S. She has authored more than 40 book chapters, reviews, and original research articles, all while continuing to teach and practice medicine caring for older individuals in the New York metropolitan area.
About the American Geriatrics Society
Founded in 1942, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics healthcare professionals that has—for more than 75 years—worked to improve the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. Its nearly 6,000 members include geriatricians, geriatric nurses, social workers, family practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and internists. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy. For more information, visit AMERICANGERIATRICS.ORG.