$2 Million Gift Establishes Endowed Chair for Geriatric Innovation at Cleveland Clinic

Ardeshir Hashmi, M.D., FACP, named inaugural chair

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Ardeshir Hashmi, M.D.

A $2 million gift from an anonymous donor has established a new Chair for Geriatric Innovation at Cleveland Clinic. This gift is made from a grateful patient of Ardeshir Hashmi, M.D., FACP, medical director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Geriatric Medicine, who is being honored as the first physician to hold the newly established chair.

The endowment will help support geriatric patient care, research and education programs at Cleveland Clinic. It will allow Dr. Hashmi and his team to accelerate their innovative work in further enhancing the quality and experience of care for geriatric patients.

Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Geriatric Medicine provides comprehensive and coordinated consultative geriatric care to help adults age 50 and older achieve their health and life goals. Its flagship Successful Aging Program consists of comprehensive and personalized visits with a board-certified Successful Aging specialist at one of nine locations across Northeast Ohio.

The Successful Aging Program offers multiple senior health services under one roof, ranging from state-of-the-art memory and mobility screens to pharmacogenomics testing and preventive health, as well as an emphasis on “de-prescribing” age-inappropriate medications.

“This gift will catalyze continued development of out-of-the-box-care solutions designed uniquely in partnership with our senior patients and their families,” says Dr. Hashmi. “Our team in the Center for Geriatric Medicine will continue to collaborate with colleagues from our various institutes in the areas of technology, community, population health and clinical geriatrics.”

Dr. Hashmi has a postdoctoral research fellowship from Yale University. He completed his internal medicine residency and chief residency at the Yale-Saint Mary’s Hospital in Connecticut. He then did his geriatrics fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital before becoming faculty and then medical director of MGH Senior Health, Harvard Medicine. He subsequently joining Cleveland Clinic in 2017.

Dr. Hashmi is a recipient of the 2019 Greater Value Portfolio Award through the Donaghue Foundation and was selected for the prestigious Association of Chiefs and Leaders in General Internal Medicine LEAD program in 2020.

As a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers and occupational therapists and other medical professionals, we are committed to preserving the independence and dignity of their patients while providing the latest treatments and comprehensive services.

Our team understands the psychological and physiological issues associated with growing older. The team’s goal is to achieve the best-possible health outcome, maximize independence and preserve quality of life for geriatric patients.

The Department of Geriatric Medicine offers treatment for the full spectrum of geriatric issues, including:

  • Unsteady gait and falls
  • Urinary and fecal incontinence
  • Forgetfulness and dementia
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Functional decline and need for assistance in daily tasks
  • Management of polypharmacy (multiple medications)
  • Pain management

Endowed chairs are central to Cleveland Clinic’s mission and help support patient care, research and education programs. They exist in perpetuity as testaments to the appreciation for world-class care that individuals and families have received here.

In 2019, Cleveland Clinic achieved top tier designation as one of the nation’s first “Age-Friendly Health Systems: Committed to Care Excellence” by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement. Cleveland Clinic Geriatrics also is recognized as a top ten geriatrics program nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

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