AHSC's Arizona Center on Aging Restructures; Announces New Leadership

George Humphrey
Nov. 30, 2000


Start the paragraph here The Arizona Center on Aging, a Center of Excellence at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC), has undergone a change in administrative structure and has announced new leadership.

The Center, previously administered by the UA College of Medicine, now is administered jointly by the UA Colleges of Nursing and Public Health. Those colleges have appointed two new co-directors for the Center on Aging: Linda R. Phillips, Ph.D., RN, professor and associate dean for research at the UA College of Nursing; and Evan W. Kligman, M.D., UA clinical professor of public health, and a board-certified family practitioner and geriatrician.

The Center on Aging previously was co-directed by Jack Boyer, M.D., who stepped down from the Center on Aging post last summer but remains chief of the Geriatrics Section in the UA Department of Medicine, and the late Theodore H. Koff, Ed.D., a national leader in the field of aging and long-term care who passed away Nov. 9, 2000.

Since its inception in 1981, the Arizona Center on Aging has focused on promoting research on aging, supporting interdisciplinary education in gerontology and geriatrics and providing information to the public about aging.

Because the health and social issues related to aging are among the most important future challenges for our state and nation, the Center aims to redouble its efforts through even stronger programs in research, education and outreach. By bringing together a broad representation of disciplines from the campus and community, Phillips and Kligman will work to develop a statewide center of excellence that meets the needs of Arizonans in the 21st Century.

The Center has identified its initial priorities and will bring together faculty, agencies and the community-at-large to address: Long-term care of the frail, vulnerable and dependent elderly; minority aging; optimal aging; and health policy and community education to prepare for the changing priorities of a more diverse and growing aging population.

Linda R. Phillips, Ph.D., RN, has written about and conducted research on aging and taught nursing and gerontology since joining the UA College of Nursing faculty in 1982. Her research, which has focused on elder abuse, family caregiving for frail elders, and nursing interventions for frail elders with dementia, has been funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, the National Institute of Aging and the Alzheimer's disease and Related Disorders Association. She has been an invited member of a number of federal expert panels on aging, including the National Institute of Nursing Research Expert Panel on Long-term Care, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Panel on Dementia Screening and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality Panel on Community-based Long Term Care. She is on the Board of Directors for the Handmaker Geriatric Services for the Aging and is chair of the National Institute of Nursing Research Internal Review Group. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice. She is also an active member of the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Phillips received her master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her doctorate from the UA in 1980.

Evan W. Kligman, M.D., a 1980 graduate of the UA College of Medicine, completed residency training in family medicine and general preventive medicine at University Medical Center from 1980-84, including a Faculty Development Fellowship. He is a 1992 graduate of the Arizona Executive Program and a 1993 graduate of the U.S. Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellowship. Dr. Kligman served as director of geriatric education for the Arizona Center on Aging in the early 1990s and was director of the Geriatric Program for the UA Department of Family and Community Medicine before becoming head of the department in 1992. He also was the principal investigator and medical director of Project Age Well, a longitudinal study of healthy aging in Pima County, from 1986-91. From 1995-98, he was professor and head of the Department of Family Medicine and Head of the Iowa Geriatric Education Center at the University of Iowa. He returned to Tucson in 1998 and currently is in private practice in Northwest Tucson. In addition, he consults with Canyon Ranch Health Resorts and coordinates that organization's Optimal Aging Program. Dr. Kligman is also the medical director of the University's new Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition. He has written and published in the area of healthy aging and clinical prevention. Dr. Kligman is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pima Council on Aging and a member of its Commission on New Aging.

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