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University of New England announces 2013-14 Humanism in Aging Leadership Award

Posted Dec. 04, 2013, at 2:29 p.m.
Dr. John W. Rowe
Dr. John W. Rowe

BIDDEFORD, Maine – Renowned geriatrician, educator and health care leader John W. Rowe, MD, has been named the recipient of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine 2013-14 Humanism in Aging Leadership Award.

The award ceremony will be held at noon Dec. 9, at the Alfond Center for the Health Sciences, Lecture Hall 304, on UNE’s Biddeford Campus.  Dr. Rowe will discuss the challenges and opportunities of an aging society in his keynote address.

The annual award recognizes a prominent geriatrician who exemplifies humanism and innovation in his or her approach to improving the lives of older adults. It was originally funded through the support of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and is now supported through the UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine Department of Geriatric Medicine.  The award exemplifies one of the many ways the UNE medical school is committed to innovative educational opportunities for students of all disciplines in the respectful care of older adults.

“It is a huge honor to be hosting Dr. Rowe as the recipient of the UNECOM Humanism in Aging Leadership Award,” said Marilyn Gugliucci, Ph.D., UNECOM director of Geriatrics Education and Research, in a press release. “He epitomizes the qualities that this award recognizes. He is highly skilled in the care of older adults, has worked tirelessly on their behalf in the policy arena and with government, has led initiatives to advance geriatrics training in the health professions, and has brought the issues of older adult health and care to an international audience.”

During his visit, Dr. Rowe will meet with UNECOM student chapter representatives of the American Geriatrics Society, as well as with UNE faculty, administrators, students, residents and special guests.

Dr. Rowe is a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. From 2000 until his retirement in late 2006, Dr. Rowe served as chairman and CEO of Aetna, Inc. From 1998 to 2000, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mount Sinai NYU Health, one of the nation’s largest academic health care organizations. From 1988 to 1998, prior to the Mount Sinai-NYU Health merger, Dr. Rowe was President of the Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

Before joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Rowe was a Professor of Medicine and the founding Director of the Division on Aging at the Harvard Medical School, as well as Chief of Gerontology at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital. He has authored over 200 scientific publications, mostly on the physiology of the aging process, including a leading textbook of geriatric medicine, in addition to his well-known book “Successful Aging” (Pantheon, 1998) with co-author Robert Kahn, Ph.D. His recent publications are on health care policy.

Dr. Rowe has received many honors and awards for his research and health policy efforts regarding care of the elderly. He has served as president of the Gerontological Society of America. Additionally, he was Director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Aging and currently leads the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on an Aging Society. He chaired the Committee of the Institute of Medicine on The Future Health Care Workforce Needs of An Aging Population.  Dr. Rowe was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Scienceswhere he is involved in the Evidence Based Roundtable and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Rowe is Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts and is a former member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).

The award ceremony and lecture are free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested; please contact Ami Esquivel at aesquivel@une.edu or207-602-2134.

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