Dr. Sharon K. Inouye Receives ACP Phillips Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Clinical Medicine

Dr. Sharon K. Inouye receives American College of Physicians’ highest honor.

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Sharon K. Inouye, MD, MACP, Director of the Aging Brain Center at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife, has received the John Phillips Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Clinical Medicine from the American College of Physicians (ACP).  This award is the ACP’s highest honor and recognizes outstanding work in clinical medicine.

About Dr. Inouye
Dr. Inouye holds the Milton and Shirley F. Levy Family Chair and is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center). Her research focuses on delirium and functional decline in hospitalized older patients, resulting in more than >298 original peer-reviewed articles and >105 reviews, with an H-index of 114. She was recognized by Thomson Reuters ScienceWatch as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. She has an active research portfolio of over $22 million as principal investigator. Currently, she is the overall principal investigator of the Successful Aging after Elective Surgery (SAGES) study, a $13.6 million Program Project on delirium and dementia funded by the National Institute on Aging, as well as other active research projects. The purpose of the SAGES study is to examine the interface of delirium and dementia, whether delirium alters the course of dementia, and whether delirium leads to longstanding cognitive impairment and pathologic changes in the brain. Dr. Inouye is committed to improving health and quality of life for older persons and their families. Dr. Inouye has been previously elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) in 2022, the Association of American Physicians (AAP) in 2007, and the National Academy of Medicine (IOM/NAM) in 2011. She is an Associate Editor at JAMA Network Open. She is an active clinician, currently at the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, and has mentored over 100 trainees, many of whom are now leaders in the field.

About the Award
The John Phillips Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Clinical Medicine is bestowed for outstanding lifetime work in clinical medicine that has been innovative and/or had a regional or national impact. Clinical medicine shall be interpreted to include all aspects of clinical research or practice of medicine.  ACP established the award in 1929 in honor of the late Dr. John Phillips, former Governor and Regent of the College.

The award will be presented to Dr. Inouye at the ACP annual meeting in May 2023.  At the same time she will be elected to the ACP Mastership.

About the ACP
The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a diverse community of internal medicine specialists and subspecialists united by a commitment to excellence. Internists apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. With 160,000 members in countries across the globe, ACP is the largest medical-specialty society in the world. ACP and its physician members lead the profession in education, standard-setting, and the sharing of knowledge to advance the science and practice of internal medicine.

About Hebrew SeniorLife
Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is a national senior services leader uniquely dedicated to rethinking, researching, and redefining the possibilities of aging. Hebrew SeniorLife cares for more than 3,000 seniors a day across six campuses throughout Greater Boston. Locations include: Hebrew Rehabilitation Center-Boston and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center-NewBridge in Dedham; NewBridge on the Charles, Dedham; Orchard Cove, Canton; Simon C. Fireman Community, Randolph; Center Communities of Brookline, Brookline; and Jack Satter House, Revere. Founded in 1903, Hebrew SeniorLife also conducts influential research into aging at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, which has a portfolio of more than $63 million, making it the largest gerontological research facility in the U.S. in a clinical setting. It also trains more than 1,000 geriatric care providers each year. For more information about Hebrew SeniorLife, visit our website or follow us on our blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

About the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research
Scientists at the Marcus Institute seek to transform the human experience of aging by conducting research that will ensure a life of health, dignity, and productivity into advanced age. The Marcus Institute carries out rigorous studies that discover the mechanisms of age-related disease and disability; lead to the prevention, treatment, and cure of disease; advance the standard of care for older people; and inform public decision-making.

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A researcher at the Marcus Institute for Aging Research in Boston, MA studies MRI images of a human brain.

Brain Health

Through pioneering multidisciplinary research, the Marcus Institute is uncovering new answers to the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, delirium, and other changes to the brain.

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