About Us

Michigan Medicine's Geriatrics Center seeks to increase the span of healthy, active life for older adults through interdisciplinary clinical care, education, research and community service.


Lona Mody, MD, MSc

Interim Division Chief, Geriatric & Palliative Care Medicine
Amanda Sanford Hickey Professor of Internal Medicine
Director, UM Pepper Center Pilot & Exploratory Studies Core
Associate Director, Clinical and Translational Research, Geriatrics Center

Dr. Mody is an Associate Professor with tenure, and the Associate Director for Clinical Programs at the VA Ann Arbor GRECC. She is also the Director of the Pilot and Exploratory Studies Core (PESC) for the University of Michigan Pepper Center. She has an active translational research laboratory focusing on antimicrobial resistant pathogens. Her research interests also include infection prevention, pneumonia in older adults, and quality of care in nursing homes. Her work has led to a thriving consortium of long-term care facilities in SE Michigan interested in enhancing infection prevention in a traditionally resource-poor setting. She has served as mentor to numerous junior faculty, fellows, and other learners, and is nationally active at several career development and research dissemination activities for the American Geriatrics Society, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Joint Commission. Dr. Mody received her medical training at Smt NHL Medical College in India, then completed an internal medicine residency at University of Medicine & Dentistry in NJ, and a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Michigan in 1999.

Neil B. Alexander, MD, MS

Ivan Duff M.D. Collegiate Professor of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine
Professor, Internal Medicine
Research Professor, Institute of Gerontology
Director, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System GRECC

Dr. Alexander is also Director of the Mobility Research Center at the Geriatrics Center. He has extensive experience in studying mobility problems in older adults. The primary focus of Dr. Alexander's work is on assessments and interventions to enhance mobility and physical activity in both able and disabled older adults, with studies of mechanisms underlying aerobic, strength, and balance function. He has been a Core leader and project PI on collaborative projects (and a long-running NIA Program Project) with the Biomechanics Research Laboratory at U-M, focusing on gait, postural control, and aspects of cognition. He has been funded by a series of pilot and randomized intervention development studies through the U-M Pepper Center since the Center's inception, related to improving the ability to rise from a chair and to improving dynamic balance and rapid stepping ability in at-risk older adults. He received a Fulbright Award to develop a community-based fall risk reduction program, piloted in Jerusalem, Israel.

Stephanie Gatica

Associate Director, Administration and Program Development

Robert Hogikyan, MD, MPH

Clinical Professor, Geriatric and Palliative Medicine
Clinician Scientist, GRECC, Ann Arbor Veterans Administration
Medical Director, Community Living Center, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

During fellowship in geriatric medicine at U-M, Dr. Hogikyan learned investigative techniques in the Mark Supiano / Jeff Halter laboratory performing many physiological studies related to blood flow in older adults, particularly those with diabetes mellitus. Upon joining the Division of Geriatric Medicine as a junior faculty member in 1991, he took on the position of Medical Director of the then Nursing Home Care Unit at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center. While participating in studies of blood flow, Dr. Hogikyan also did other health services work, but also continued to grow his participation in education of both geriatric medicine fellows and internal medicine house officers rotating through geriatric medicine. In 2002 Dr. Hogikyan became Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, and became Director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program. He directed the program until 2012.

Grace Jenq, MD

Associate Chief Clinical Officer for Post-Acute Care 
Professor, Geriatric and Palliative Medicine

Dr. Grace Jenq received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and then completed her residency and chief residency in internal medicine at University of Alabama Birmingham. Dr. Jenq continued her fellowship training in Geriatrics at Yale University and stayed on faculty from 2005-2016. At Yale-New Haven Hospital, she served as the Associate Chair for Patient Safety and Quality and the Medical Director for Inpatient Medicine. Dr. Jenq joined the University of Michigan Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine in 2016 and is now a Professor of Internal Medicine and the Associate Chief Clinical Officer for Post-Acute Care at Michigan Medicine. Dr. Jenq cares for patients in the Michigan House Calls Program, Patient Monitoring at Home Program, and the newly established Hospital Care at Home Program. She is also the program director for I-MPACT (Integrated Michigan Patient-Centered Alliance for Care Transitions), a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Collaborative Quality Initiative. Dr. Jenq's quality improvement and academic interests lie in how to create better models to care for elderly persons within their own homes and how to enhance transitions of care out of the hospital by engaging clinicians and patients/caregivers and improving system design. She is a member of the Department of Internal Medicine Clinical Excellence Society and received the Department of Internal Medicine Chair’s Award for Impact in 2021.

Kenneth M. Langa, MD, PhD

Professor of Internal Medicine
and Institute for Social Research
Associate Director for Population Studies,
Geriatrics Center and Institute of Gerontology

Dr. Langa is a Co-Investigator for the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a National Institute on Aging funded longitudinal study of 20,000 adults in the United States (http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu(link is external)). He is also a Lead Investigator for the Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS), a supplemental study to the HRS regarding the risk factors, epidemiology, and outcomes of dementia. Dr. Langa’s research focuses on the epidemiology and costs of chronic disease in older adults, with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. He is currently focusing on the relationship of cardiovascular risk factors to cognitive decline and dementia in middle-age and older adults. In 2007, Dr. Langa was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge where he established collaborations with an interdisciplinary research team performing cross-national comparisons of the epidemiology and outcomes of dementia in the United States and England.

Richard A. Miller, MD, PhD

Professor of Pathology
Associate Director for Research, Geriatrics Center

Dr. Miller is widely recognized for his research into the genetic and immunobiological aspects of aging using mice models. His laboratory works on topics ranging from biochemistry of signal transduction in T cells from aged mice, studies of gene expression in long-lived mutant dwarf mice, mapping of genes for longevity and resistance to late-life diseases, to the development of new mouse models for alterations in the rate of aging. Dr. Miller has served in a variety of editorial and advisory positions on behalf of the Gerontology Society of America, the American Federation for Aging Research, and the National Institute on Aging. He is the recipient of the Nathan Shock Award, the AlliedSignal Award, the Kleemeier Award for aging research and the Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction from the American Federation for Aging Research.

Marcos Montagnini, MD, FACP

Clinical Professor, Geriatric and Palliative Medicine
Director, HPM Fellowship Program, Geriatric and Palliative Medicine
Co-Director, Educational Palliative Care Program, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

Dr. Montagnini is the director of the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Palliative Care Program. He also developed and directs the University of Michigan Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship program which was accredited in 2009. Dr. Montagnini oversees palliative care program development for the VA Integrated Service Network (VISN)11, which includes eight hospitals in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana. He belongs to several professional organizations and leads regional and national geriatrics and palliative care committees. He has authored several publications in palliative care and has presented his work nationally and internationally. His academic interests include hospice and palliative medicine education, rehabilitation in palliative care, palliative care program development and palliative care applied to geriatric populations.

Theodore Suh, MD, PhD, MHS, AGSF

Clinical Professor, Geriatric and Palliative Medicine,
Medical Director, East Ann Arbor Geriatrics Clinic

Dr. Suh received his MD and PhD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and his Master of Health Science degree from Duke University. He completed his internal medicine residency at Cleveland Clinic and fellowship training in geriatric medicine at Duke University and Durham VA Medical Center. Dr. Suh has been board-certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. His clinical and research interests include geriatric and functional assessment, falls, osteoporosis, cancer and medication use in older adults, use of electronic medical records in improving patient care, and sleep disorders in elderly patients. Dr. Suh is a faculty member at both the University of Michigan and the VA Ann Arbor GRECC. In addition, he serves as Medical Director of the Huron Valley PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly), in Ypsilanti, MI.

Caroline Vitale, MD

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

Dr. Vitale joined the Division in 2009. Now serving as Director of the University of Michigan Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program, she is involved in geriatric curriculum development, teaching and mentoring. She enjoys caring for geriatric patients and is also board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Her teaching and academic areas of interest include ethical decision-making, geriatric palliative care, and efforts to understand physician and health provider roles in care decisions affecting older adults, especially those with dementia. Dr. Vitale is Vice-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.

Jocelyn Wiggins, MA, BM, BCh, MRCP

Clinical Professor, Internal Medicine
Associate Division Chief, Geriatric and Palliative Medicine,
Medical Director, Geriatric Inpatient and Consult Team

Dr. Wiggins joined the U-M geriatrics department in 1995. She is the Medical Director for the Geriatric Inpatient Consult Team and the former Medical Director for the Geriatrics Center Clinics from 2005-2019. She oversaw the relocation of the clinic from the main medical campus to its current location in the East Ann Arbor Health and Geriatrics Center. She previously co-chaired the geriatric advisory group for the American Society of Nephrology and oversaw the development of a geriatric nephrology curriculum to improve the care of older patients with kidney disease. She served on the external advisory committee for the association of subspecialty professors/ T. Franklin Williams Scholars Program, to promote improved care for the elderly across the medical subspecialties. She is the current President for the Internal Medicine Clinical Excellence Society (CES), and former Chair of the CES Women’s Sub-Committee. Dr. Wiggins’ research and publications focus on aging in the kidney, and she reviews for several scientific journals.

Raymond Yung, MB, ChB

Interim Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
Jeffrey B. Halter MD Collegiate Professor of Geriatric Medicine
Director, Geriatrics Center and Institute of Gerontology

Dr. Yung specializes in the care of older adults with arthritis. His research focuses on understanding the relationship between age-related changes in the immune system and the development of chronic inflammatory diseases in the elderly. His research has been continuously funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) since 1992. Dr. Yung is the recipient of a number of national awards including the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Senior Rheumatology Scholar Award (1995) and the Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars in Aging Research Award (1998). He has consistently been named among America’s “Top Doctors.” Dr. Yung is an active member of a number of national societies including the American College of Rheumatology (Committee on Education, Annual Meeting Planning Committee, the ACR-NIH Relations Subcommittee, Patient Education Task Force), the Association of Specialty Professors (T. Franklin Williams Scholars Program, Geriatrics Steering Committee). He has participated in numerous NIH and foundation study sections, including as Chair of the National Institute on Aging NIA-C Study Section. Dr. Yung served as the director of the Musculoskeletal Sequence Course for the University of Michigan Medical School from 2002 to 2007. He served as interim Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at Michigan Medicine in 2018-2020. Dr. Yung received his medical training at the University of Liverpool, England. After completing his Internal Medicine residency in Detroit, he received fellowship training in Rheumatology and Geriatric Medicine, both at the University of Michigan.


East Ann Arbor Health and Geriatrics Center - In 2007, the Geriatrics Center Clinics and Turner Geriatric Clinic opened in a new facility in northeast Ann Arbor. The East Ann Arbor Health and Geriatrics Center is easily accessible for our patients, with ample parking including valet service. In addition to examination rooms and reception, the building houses administrative offices and classroom space for patient education. Adjacent to the clinics is the Ambulatory Surgery and Medical Procedures Center.

West Ann Arbor Health Center Parkland Plaza - The West Ann Arbor Health Center Parkland Plaza on 380 Parkland Plaza is easily accessible for our patients with handicap parking available.

Turner Senior Resource Center - The Turner Senior Resource Center houses the community outreach programs of the Geriatrics Center Social Work and Community Programs. Located on 2401 Plymouth Road, the TSRC offers many social, educational and support programs and services to older adults in the community. Among these are the Silver Club Memory Loss Programs and the offices of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M. Also housed in the TSRC is the U-M Housing Bureau for Seniors.

Mobility Research Center - Using expertise from a number of disciplines such as geriatrics, mechanics, exercise physiology, nursing, physical and occupational therapy and neuropsychology, the Mobility Research Center studies the mechanisms underlying mobility problems and develops interventions to address these problems. Patients from the Mobility Enhancement Clinic of the Geriatrics Center Clinics are often referred to the Mobility Research Center to participate in innovative interventions.

North Ingalls Building - The administrative and faculty offices of the Geriatrics Center and Institute of Gerontology are located on the newly renovated, 9th floor suite of the NIB, including the office of the Director

Contact Us

East Ann Arbor Health and Geriatrics Center

4260 Plymouth Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 764-6831

Geriatrics Center Office of the Director/Administrative Office

300 N. Ingalls, Room 912
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2007
(734) 764-3493

Social Work and Community Programs

East Ann Arbor Health and Geriatrics Center
4260 Plymouth Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 764-2556

Turner Senior Resource Center

2401 Plymouth Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 998-9353