Catherine A. Sarkisian, MD, MSPH
Catherine A. Sarkisian, MD, MSPH, Associate Professor, is a geriatrician and health services researcher in the UCLA Division of Geriatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Geriatrics Research Education Clinical Center (GRECC). Her research focuses on improving quality of life for frail and lower income older adults. She is particularly focused on the role of older adults’ expectations for aging on health behaviors such as physical activity.
She graduated from the UCSF School of Medicine in 1993, and completed her internship and residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at The New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center. After spending 1 year on the clinical faculty at Jacobi Hospital/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, she became a UCLA Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, and completed a masters degree in Health Services at the UCLA School of Public Health. She completed a 1-year clinical geriatrics fellowship at the UCLA Multicampus Program in Geriatrics and Gerontology, and joined the faculty in the UCLA Division of Geriatrics as a Clinician Scientist in 2000. In July, 2008, she joined the VA Greater Los Angeles GRECC. She is currently leading a multidisciplinary community-based randomized trial of a behavioral intervention aimed at increasing walking among sedentary older Latinos in a 5-year R01 from the NIA, “Caminemos!” Enrollment of 572 older adults has been completed and this project is active in 27 community sites in the greater Los Angeles region. In addition to Caminemos, she was awarded a Paul B. Beeson Award to pilot test whether this intervention (which is aimed at changing beliefs about aging) can succeed among octogenarians She is Co-Director of the UCLA Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center Research Training Core and has been an active member of the American Geriatrics Society Research Committee. She is a committed research mentor to several fellows and junior faculty, including Dr. Amy Kelley, a 2009 Brookdale Fellow.
Brookdale Fellow Class of 2001