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Teaneck, NJ

07666

 

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Gary Winzelberg, MD, MPH

Gary Winzelberg

Dr. Winzelberg is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Medicine and Program on Aging at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).  He received his medical degree from Dartmouth and completed internal medicine residency and geriatrics fellowship training at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and Harvard Medical School.  He then was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Washington, Seattle prior to joining the UNC faculty. 

Dr. Winzelberg’s research concerns end-of-life care communication and decision-making affecting chronically ill older adults.  As a Brookdale Fellow, he sought to improve communication between physicians and surrogates for older adults who lack decision-making capacity.  Older adults with serious illness and cognitive impairment frequently depend on loved ones to act as surrogate decision-makers.  Ineffective physician-surrogate communication may delay or even prevent use of palliative care for older adults as well as increase caregiver burden.  His work will investigate the perspectives of older adults, surrogates and physicians regarding their expectations for physician-surrogate end-of-life care communication, including the division of decision-making responsibility.  The goal will be to develop a model of high quality physician-surrogate communication that will be ethical, clinically feasible and serve the interests of incapacitated older adults.

Brookdale Fellow Class of 2003