Geriatric Medicine

Overview

By the time you reach the age of 65, your body has a history. The illnesses, surgeries and injuries you may have experienced over the years make your body as individual and unique as your personality. You may also take various medications that affect the way you feel and think. You need a geriatric care specialist who can address all of the complex health issues of patients over 65.

UofL Physicians – Geriatrics focuses entirely on the specific needs of patients who are over 65. Each clinician at UofL Physicians – Geriatrics has devoted their career to serve this unique community.

Our clinic for providing senior care – the Republic Bank Optimal Aging Clinic – is located in the Trager Institute on Market Street, part of our downtown medical campus. The clinic is very accessible, both to older adults who are driving themselves to their appointment and those who are brought in by a caregiver. The clinic also provides easy access to other UofL Physicians specialists, including neurology, psychiatry, podiatry, cardiology and physical therapy. A complete array of health care services are offered in the same building including x-ray, lab and pharmacy services, so our patients can have easy access to all their health care needs.

Our geriatric care team uses an interdisciplinary approach to care for older adults, working together to ensure that the patient’s entire medical history, current needs and lifestyle are addressed when designing any treatment plan. Our specialists can serve as consultants to a patient’s primary care physician (PCP) or as primary care physicians if the patient does not have an established relationship with a PCP.

We only care for health conditions associated with the aging population. This single focus gives us unique expertise and experience that cannot be found anywhere else in the region.

Find a University of Louisville geriatric care facility by viewing the Our Locations tab.

Diseases & Conditions

We have expertise in:

  • Healthy aging
  • Injuries resulting from falls
  • Fall prevention
  • Overall functional issues
  • Medication concerns
  • Urinary disorders and incontinence
  • Advance care planning
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Memory impairment
  • Delirium
  • Palliative care
  • End-of-life care

Treatments & Services

Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment (GET) Program

Our specialists at UofL Physicians – Geriatrics believe that to fully understand the medically complex issues older adults face, we must consider the social, cognitive and medical conditions of our patients. The Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment (GET) Program focuses on testing, evaluating and treating the entire patient. When appropriate, we invite the patient’s family and friends to become a part of the evaluation. This creates a supportive environment and helps to ensure that the clinicians are gathering as much information on the patient as possible.

The GET Program’s clinical team consists of physicians, pharmacists, psychologists and social workers who all specialize in the unique needs of the geriatric patient. As an interdisciplinary team, we offer solutions and treatment that work in concert to support the needs of each individual patient.

Medication Management Program

Many older adults use a variety of prescription and nonprescription medications. These medications, while being very effective on their own, may be impacting the individuals’ overall health and well-being when taken in combination. Our Medication Management Program offers a comprehensive review and assessment of a patient’s current health status and an overall evaluation of their medications to identify any medication-related problems that may be affecting their quality of life.

Any patient using prescription or non-prescription medications, herbal products or dietary supplements could potentially benefit from an overall medication assessment and ongoing management.

Home Care Service

There may come a time when patients of UofL Physicians – Geriatrics can no longer see our specialists in an office setting. We understand that the trust and care that has been established with a caregiver is an important part of a patient’s health. As part of our Home Care Service, our clinicians can schedule ongoing care in the patient’s home.

Hospital Services

The hospital can be a difficult environment for older adults. Issues of delirium, confusion, urinary problems, medication concerns, medication-related functional concerns, ethics and end-of-life decisions are just a few of the challenges facing an older patient. These conditions represent a few of the services that the geriatricians at UofL Physicians – Geriatrics are trained to address. We offer specialized support and experience to the patient and their family at both University of Louisville Hospital and Jewish Hospital Downtown.

Nursing Home Services

Our geriatric medicine physicians and nurse practitioners see patients at many local nursing homes. In addition, our specialists serve as Medical Director at the following facilities:

Episcopal Church Home
7504 Westport Rd.
Louisville, KY 40222
502-736-7800

Treyton Oak Towers
211 W. Oak St.
Louisville, KY 40202
502-589-3211

Masonic Home of Louisville
3701 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40207
502-897-4907

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Christopher R. Shafer, M.D.

Specialty Areas: Neurology | Epilepsy Center | Primary Care | Geriatric Medicine | Republic Bank Optimal Aging Clinic
Areas of Interest: Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizure | (PNES) Disorder Program

Primary Practice Location

UofL Physicians – Neurology
UofL Health - Chestnut Street Outpatient Center
401 East Chestnut Street, Suite 510
Louisville, KY 40202
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Osawaru Omoruyi, M.D.

Specialty Areas: Primary Care | Hospitalist/Hospital Medicine | Family Medicine | Geriatric Medicine
Areas of Interest: Family Medicine | Palliative Care | Geriatrics

Primary Practice Location

UofL Health – Mary & Elizabeth Hospital
1850 Bluegrass Avenue,
Louisville, KY 40215
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Joseph G. D'Ambrosio, J.D., Ph.D., LMFT

Specialty Areas: Primary Care | Geriatric Medicine | Republic Bank Optimal Aging Clinic
Areas of Interest: Counseling | Behavioral Health | Wellness | Marriage and Family Counseling

Primary Practice Location

UofL Trager Institute Republic Bank Foundation Optimal Aging Clinic
204 East Market Street, Suite A
Louisville, KY 40202
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Elisabeth Volpert, APRN

Specialty Areas: Internal Medicine | Primary Care | Geriatric Medicine | Republic Bank Optimal Aging Clinic
Areas of Interest: Internal Medicine | Obstetrics | Gynecology

Primary Practice Location

UofL Trager Institute Republic Bank Foundation Optimal Aging Clinic
204 East Market Street, Suite A
Louisville, KY 40202
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Brook Massey, M.D.

Specialty Areas: Primary Care | Family Medicine | Geriatric Medicine
Areas of Interest: Family Medicine | Cardiovascular Disease | Diabetes Management | Geriatrics

Primary Practice Location

UofL Physicians – Primary Care
60 Mack Walters Road,
Shelbyville, KY 40065
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Josephine P.V.F. Gomes, M.D.

Specialty Areas: Geriatric Medicine | Primary Care | Republic Bank Optimal Aging Clinic
Areas of Interest: Senior Care | Fall Prevention

Primary Practice Location

UofL Trager Institute Republic Bank Foundation Optimal Aging Clinic
204 East Market Street, Suite A
Louisville, KY 40202

Locations & Contact

Accepted Insurance

UofL Physicians participates in most major health plans in Kentucky. Coverage may vary by specialty. Coverage limitations are dependent on the terms of your personal health plan. This is not a guarantee that all services you receive will be covered by your health plan. Review your health plan provider directory and/or consult with your plan to confirm coverage.

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