Caroline Vitale, MD

Clinical Professor, Geriatric and Palliative Medicine
Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program

Ann Arbor VA GRECC

Room F224

2215 Fuller Road

Ann Arbor, MI 48105-2399


Dr. Vitale joined the Division in 2009. Now serving as Director of the University of Michigan Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program and Associate Director for Education and Evaluation of the VA Ann Arbor Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), she is involved in geriatric curriculum development, teaching and mentoring. She enjoys rendering individualized care to older adults with a focus on enhancing quality of life. Her teaching and academic areas of interest include ethical decision-making, geriatric palliative care, and efforts to understand physician and interprofessional roles in care decisions affecting older adults, especially those with dementia. Dr. Vitale is the previous Chair of the American Geriatrics Society’s Ethics Committee, and has been committed to improving care of older adults through her work on several national workgroups. She has authored publications covering ethical issues and palliative care concepts. Her clinical and academic efforts are focused on enhancing geriatric palliative care practices and in training the next generation of geriatric physicians.

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests: Dementia, end-of-life care, geriatric primary care

Research Interests: Treatment decisions surrounding end of life care in advanced dementia


Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine, 1995

Residency: University of Rochester, Internal Medicine, NY, 1998

Fellowship: Internal Medicine Geriatrics, Hackensack University Medical Center, 1999

Board Certification: Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Medicine