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Geriatrics

ECHO Clinics

Third Wednesday of each month • 12–1 p.m.
Next: Wednesday, August 21, 2019

If you would like to submit a case for discussion at clinic please complete the form below, and fax to (775) 327-5112 by noon on the day prior to the clinic. This form is a fillable PDF, but you may print and fill it in by hand as well.

Geriatrics Case Presentation Template

The Sanford Center for Aging (SCA) geriatric specialty clinical team can help enhance your ability to care for your older patients by providing up-to-date screening tools, assessments, best practices and resources for you, your patients, and caregivers.

This clinic is led by:

  • Mordechai Lavi, M.D. Dr. Mordechai Lavi joined UNR faculty in September 2017. He specializes in the care of adults 65 and older. He will be practicing inpatient and outpatient geriatric medicine.
  • Patti Swager, M.Ed. Patti is Associate Director for Clinical Education at the SCA. She completed a certificate in gerontology and has more than 25 years of experience in the field of aging. She works in collaboration with the clinical team and seeks out other experts to serve as presenters for the geriatric series.
  • Umanga Sharma, M.D. Dr. Sharma graduated with honors in 2008 and has more than 10 years of diverse experiences, especially in geriatric medicine and internal medicine.
  • Kelley Macmillan, Ph.D. Kelley Macmillan is a professional social worker with educational preparation in psychology (BA), mental health and family therapy (MSW), social work, gerontology and geriatrics (Ph.D.). Prior to joining the University of Nevada, Reno in 2015, Dr. Macmillan was a Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, University of Maryland for nine years. In addition he has more than 20 years of managerial and direct practice in health care delivery systems. Dr. Macmillan utilizes his skill, expertise, and patient-centered approach to serve clients and families in the Sanford Center Geriatric Clinic.
  • Leslie Baker, PharmD, BCGP. Leslie Baker is the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist at the Sanford Center Geriatric Specialty Clinic. She is also the Pharmacist in Charge at the University of Nevada, Reno Campus Pharmacy. In addition to her work at the specialty clinic, Leslie also provides Medication Therapy Management services through the community outreach program at the Sanford Center. Leslie has practiced in a variety of pharmacy settings to include hospital, retail, mail order, and as a consultant pharmacist for skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.
  • Kelly Presser, MSN, RN, CNL. Kelly works as the Clinical Nurse Leader in the Community Living Center at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care system in Reno, Nevada. She is dedicated to promoting best practices and improving outcomes throughout the VA, especially for the geriatric population. As a CNL, Kelly has worked on numerous evidence-based practice projects with a special focus on long-term indwelling catheter management, pain reduction and dementia care. She has over eight years of experience working with veterans and she is currently the coordinator for the STAR-VA dementia management program. Kelly obtained her BSN at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA and her MSN at the University of San Francisco.

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is a provider of continuing education credit through the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy. This program is approved for 0.75 hours of continuing education credit for pharmacists.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine approves this program for 0.75 hours of nursing continuing education credit.

Previous Geriatrics

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

December 2018

    • Topic: Falls Prevention and Management

November 2018

  • • No Clinic

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018


  • Topic: Best Practices in Dementia Care Series #2: Delirium

July 2018


  • Topic: Best Practices in Dementia Care Series #1: Polypharmacy

June 2018

May 2018


  • Topic: Sleep Disorders and Older Adults

April 2018


  • Presenter: Ayman Morish, MD
    Topic: Aspiration Pneumonia in Older Adults

March 2018


  • Guest speaker: Ed Haines, from Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    Topic: Vision: What to look for, when to refer, and resources for those with low vision

    Low Vision Focus Resources

    Nevada Vision Resources

    Older adults with low vision often do not receive intervention specific to their visual diagnosis. Learn what you can do to improve the lives of patients with low vision, such as:

    • Explain the functional and emotional implications of vision loss
    • Identify a few components of the vision rehabilitation process that may be used for older adults in your practice
    • Discuss how to find resources and professionals that specialize in vision rehabilitation

February 2018


  • Guest speaker: Dr. Mohamed Elnaggar
    Topic: Approach to Dizziness in Older Adults

January 2018


  • Guest speaker: Dr. Umanga Sharma
    Topic: Preventive Health Care in Older Adults: What should we focus on?

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017


  • Guest speaker: Sally Hardwick, MS
    Topic: Update on POLST: expansion to APRNs and PAs

    Sample Updated POLST Form

September 2017


  • Guest speaker: Kristine E. Galek, Ph.D.
    Topic: Swallowing Disorders and Older Adults

August 2017


  • Guest speaker: Megan H Swank, Au.D., CCC-A, F-AAA
    Topic: Hearing and Technology

July 2017


  • Guest Speaker: Terry Henner, Head of Outreach Services at the Savitt Medical Library
    Topic: Elder Care Resources

June 2017


  • Guest Presenter: Traci Biondi, M.D.
    Topic: Marijuana and Palliative Care Medicine: Don’t Get Lost in the Weed

May 2017

April 2017


  • Guest presenter: Steven L. Phillips, M.D.
    Topic: Chronicity and Aging

March 2017


  • Guest speaker: Alia Tuqan - MD
    Topic: Palliative Care in Dementia

February 2017


  • Topic: Quality Payment Program

January 2017


  • Topic: Hearing Loss and Resources

December 2016


  • Topic: Simplifying Access to Community Services and Internet Resources for Senior Caregivers

November 2016


  • Topic: Advance Care Planning

October 2016

September 2016


  • Topic: Polypharmacy

August 2016


  • Topic: MACRA vs MIPS: the new funding structure for Medicare reimbursement

    MACRA vs MIPS handout

February 2016


  • Topic: Geriatric Impact: The Many Faces of Geriatric Delivery Services

January 2016


  • Topic: Chronic Care Management

  • Topic: Caregiver Support and Resources

December 2015


  • Topic: Depression: An Extremely Complex Disease

  • Topic: Dementia: To Know or Not to Know

November 2015


  • Topic: Geriatric Assessment and Screening Tools

  • Topic: Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

October 2015


  • Topic: Dementia Friendly Clinics