Dr. Halter received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. After an internal medicine residency, he completed fellowship training in metabolism, endocrinology and gerontology at the University of Washington, where he subsequently joined the faculty of the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine and established the Geriatrics Section at the Seattle VA Medical Center. He joined U-M as Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine, in 1984 and served in that capacity until 2011.
Dr. Halter established the U-M Geriatrics Center as its director in 1987. Under his leadership, the U-M geriatrics programs consistently rank among the nation’s best for hospital care and medical school training. Dr. Halter also established the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center of the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System in 1989, where he served as director until 1998.
Dr. Halter’s research interests include neuroendocrine regulation of metabolism in aging and in diabetes mellitus. Widely published in the scientific literature, he is the senior editor of Hazzard’s Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, 6th Edition, 2009. He has held many leadership positions in national professional organizations and advisory boards. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Dr. Halter is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the American Geriatrics Society Nascher/Manning Award for lifetime achievement in 2008.
Areas of Interest
Clinical Interests: Diabetes mellitus in older adults
Research Interests: Dr. Halter's primary research interest is regulation of metabolism in aging and in type 2 diabetes mellitus. Studies involve defining quantitative aspects of pancreatic beta cell function and insulin action in younger controls and elderly people with normal glucose metabolism, impaired carbohydrate tolerance, or overt type 2 diabetes. Related studies investigate pancreatic islet adaptation to insulin resistance in human aging and hypertension by studying pancreatic beta cell function in relationship to measurement of insulin resistance.
Medical School: University of Minnesota, 1969
Residency: Internal Medicine, Harbor General Hospital/UCLA, Los Angeles CA, 1969-71; University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA 1973-74
Fellowship: Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Gerontology, University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle VA Medical Center, 1975-77
Board Certification: General Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism