Practice Spotlight: UofL Physicians Geriatrics

Published on May 4, 2012

The UofL Physicians-Geriatrics Practice focuses entirely on the needs of patients who are over 65. The providers in this practice have devoted their careers to serving this unique group. The new medical office at the UofL Health Care Outpatient Center (HCOC) has been purposefully designed to address the special needs of geriatric patients and their families.

The geriatrics team uses an interdisciplinary approach to care for older adults. Geriatricians serve as consultants to a patient’s primary care physician or as the primary care physician. The physicians and other clinical providers have extensive experience with conditions associated primarily with the aging population. They have expertise in everything from prevention to the most complex, frail of conditions. More specifically, they assess and treat injuries resulting from falls, fall prevention, overall function issues, medication concerns, urinary disorders and incontinence, depression, dementia, memory impairment, delirium, palliative care and end-of-life care.

Programs the practice offers include:

  • Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment (GET) Program
  • Medication Management Program
  • Home Care Program
  • Specialized Hospital and Nursing Home Services

The caring, compassionate geriatricians at the practice are: Christian Furman, M.D., vice chair; Rangaraj Gopalraj, M.D.; Laura Grooms, M.D.; Patrick Murphy, M.D.; James O’Brien, M.D., who is also chair of the Department of Family & Geriatric Medicine; and Belinda Setters, M.D. Demetra Antimisiaris, Pharm D, is the geriatric pharmacist for the practice. The dedicated nurse practitioners are: Angela Irvin, Rebecca Griffin, Amy Varner, and Noreen Mason. Brenda Purser, MSSW serves as the social worker. Benjamin Mast, Ph.D., is the psychologist who performs the neuropsychiatry testing and counseling.

Dr. Christian Furman joined the geriatrics practice in 2000 and was named vice chair in 2005. She is board certified in geriatric medicine and hospice and palliative medicine. “Our practice truly is a Center of Excellence for geriatric medicine,” Furman said. “It’s a one-stop shop where all our patients’ needs can be met. Our goal is to provide care to the whole person, as well as offer support to family and caregivers.” If you have a family member over age 65 who could benefit from the expertise of UofL Physicians’s specialized geriatrics practice, or to refer a patient, call 502-852-7449.