The Division of Geriatrics was founded in 1983 by Dr. David Hamerman, creating a unified Division of Geriatrics between Einstein and Montefiore. During the course of his tenure, Dr. Hamerman created the fellowship program and was responsible for career development of many fellows and faculty members, several of whom went on subsequently to have prominent positions in or direct other Divisions of Geriatrics.
In 1982 Dr. Hamerman was a Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Robert Katzman on the first national NIA Teaching Nursing Home Award that was made to Einstein. He promoted the concept of interdisciplinary team development, the evolution of geriatric practice from primary care, and the broader conception of the teaching nursing home integrated into the academic medical center.
From 1986 to 1992 Dr. Hamerman was an NIA Geriatric Leadership Academic Awardee. In 1989 Einstein was awarded an NIA Aging Training Grant, which established a core of basic science investigators involved in aging-related research. This training grant, established under Dr. Hamerman's leadership, continues today with more than 20 investigators in aging related fields.
Initiated in 1983, the Einstein-Montefiore Geriatrics Fellowship Program is highly regarded, and has trained a generation of clinicians, academicians and national leaders in the field. The Division of Geriatrics was at the forefront of initiating clinical geriatrics programs for all levels of trainees. Residency education for all internal medicine residents was initiated along with the Geriatrics inpatient unit. A rotation in geriatrics for Einstein students became a requirement in 1995.
Dr. Laurie Jacobs was appointed Division Head in 1995. During the next decade, the division underwent a period of significant growth and expansion of faculty, clinical program development, educational and training activities and clinical research. Dr. Jacobs was awarded a John A. Hartford Foundation Leadership Award in 2001.
Einstein's Division of Education and Dean’s Office has maintained a historically strong commitment to education and training in geriatrics. In 2001-2003, an AAMC/Hartford Grant enabled a significant expansion of geriatrics education and training. Since that time, student participation in the Einstein Student Chapter of the American Geriatrics Society and in aging and geriatrics-related research in the summer programs, fourth-year electives, and in AFAR-sponsored programs, has increased significantly.
The award of the D.W. Reynolds Foundation Grant for education and training in geriatrics in 2006 resulted in a significant expansion of clinical geriatrics training for medical students at Einstein. In 2007, six junior faculty within the Division were awarded Geriatric Academic Career Awards by the Bureau of Health Professions.