The Ivan Duff, M.D. Collegiate Professorship in Geriatric and Palliative Medicine was established to honor Dr. Ivan Duff, founder of the University of Michigan Turner Geriatric Clinic. He was also acting Chief of the newly created Division of Geriatric Medicine from 1980-1984. In addition to being instrumental in advancing the early days of geriatric medicine at the University of Michigan, Dr. Duff also served as Director of the Rackham Arthritis Research Unit and Chief of the Arthritis Division.
Dr. Alexander is known nationally and internationally for his innovative research in mobility assessment and interventions in older adults, and in particular regarding postural control, gait and falls. His research is closely aligned with the intent of this professorship to study geriatric and palliative medicine., serving as a valuable resource for geriatrics research, teaching, and clinical care.
Congratulations, Dr. Alexander!