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Dr. Sharon Inouye Appointed to Prestigious National Fellowships

BOSTON—January, 2017—Sharon K Inouye, M.D., M.P.H., of Boston’s Hebrew SeniorLife will be spending a lot of time in DC this year. The doctor, known for her work in furthering our understanding of Delirium, has been named a 2017 Health and Aging Policy Fellow and an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow.

Dr. Inouye is the Director of the Aging Brain Center at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate. She 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 200 peer-reviewed original articles to date. Currently, she is the overall principal investigator of the Successful Aging after Elective Surgery (SAGES) study, an $11 million Program Project on delirium funded by the National Institute on Aging.

As a Health and Aging Policy Fellow, Dr. Inouye will engage in ongoing mentorship, network building, professional training and policy work that will allow her to offer policy solutions to the health challenges of an increasingly aging population and the barriers to the health care system that serves them. The program, which was launched in 2008, invites applicants from a wide range of disciplines and regions of the country.

Similarly, the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program is a highly selective, nonpartisan program devoted to expanding knowledge and awareness of congress. Since 1953, the program has brought political scientists, journalist, federal employees, and health specialists to Capitol Hill to experience Congress at work through fellowship placements on congressional staffs.

Both of Dr. Inouye’s fellowships will extend throughout 2017.

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. Founded in Boston in 1903, the nonprofit, non-sectarian organization today provides communities and health care for seniors, research into aging, and education for geriatric care providers. For more information about Hebrew SeniorLife, visit, follow us on Twitter @H_SeniorLife, like us on Facebook or read our blog.