Leaders in Geriatric Emergency Medicine

The SAEM AGEM Outreach Committee is organizing an hour long Leaders in Geriatric Emergency Medicine Zoom event on December 16th, 2020 at 4 PM EST. There will be a panel of leaders in Geriatric Emergency Medicine speaking about their interest areas and roadmap to GEM, and the second part of the event will include two breakout sessions from which you may choose based on your individual interests: Adm/Ed/Policy and Research/Research Implementation. Please mark your calendars and join us virtually!
  • Katie Hunold Buck

    The Ohio State University

  • Katie Davenport

  • Shan Liu

    Massachusetts General Hospital

  • IMG_5735 - Surriya Ahmad

    Surriya Colleen Ahmad, MD

    Weill Cornell Medical College/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

    I am a geriatric emergency medicine (GEM) fellow, assistant attending physician in emergency medicine, and instructor in clinical emergency medicine at Weill Cornell/New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. I am originally from Louisville, KY, graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, GA with a bachelor of science in Biology and Spanish, and received my doctorate of medicine from University of Louisville in Louisville, KY. I completed my combined emergency medicine and internal medicine residency at the State University of New York Downstate Health Sciences University (SUNY DHSU) and Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC) in Brooklyn, NY. I am board certified in internal medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine and passed my emergency medicine written board exam with plans to take the oral board as soon as I can.

    I have been a member of SAEM and AGEM for almost three years, and have particularly enjoyed working with the AGEM Outreach committee and meeting, collaborating, and learning from mentors in the field who have inspired me and empowered me. I am currently serving on the AGEM Executive Committee as a member at large. In December 2020 I co-organized and co-hosted a Leaders in GEM virtual event with the aim of generating early interest in GEM amongst medical students and residents and helping to connect them with mentors who have been successful in the field. I graduated from the 2020-2021 EMRA Leadership Academy. I am honored to be running for treasurer for AGEM.

    Between taking care of patients in both a public inner-city Level 1 trauma center and tertiary care center over the last five years, and having an octogenarian father and nonagenarian grandmother who I have watched navigate the sometimes treacherous walls of an Emergency Department from the lens of a patient their age, I grew interested in how we can best optimize the care of older adults in the ED, and particularly in health disparities amongst the most vulnerable of our elder adults: minorities, and those with mental health issues. I explored administration, education, and research in GEM in residency and I was the resident leader for the GEM mini-fellowship in my residency program. I organized Food and Journal Clubs for the residency program, wrote blog posts, and developed ED guidelines at SUNY DHSU for the management of geriatric patients with suspected/confirmed Covid during the 2020 Covid-19 surge in Brooklyn. I published ‘Tips for Optimizing the ED Experience for “Walking Well” Geriatric Patients in the Era of Covid-19’ in the May/June 2020 issue of SAEM PULSE, as well as studied the utility of telemedicine in decreasing revisits or readmissions after geriatric emergency department discharge. I enjoyed collaborating on the recent “Reach and Adoption of a Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation Program in the United States” Annals of Emergency Medicine manuscript, and am continuing to explore GEDA/ACEP best care processes. I am also collaborating on a chapter for AGEM-SAEM on Elder Abuse.

    I am particularly interested in physician wellness. My colleagues and I studied burnout at the GME level amongst residents and I presented an abstract at SAEM Virtual 2021, “Measurement of Resident Burnout and Professional Fulfillment in the Era of Covid 19.” I co-developed and served as the resident leader of a Wellness Lecture Series in residency. As part of this series, I gave a recurring talk for two years on "Delivering Difficult News with Simulated Geriatric Case Work" for residents and fellows. I also contributed to a podcast as part of the ALiEM Wellness Think Tank, “Wellness in the Covid-19 Era.” I have been doing improvisational comedy outside of medicine since 2011, and have also trained with Upright Citizen’s Brigade theater in New York. I completed an inaugural two-day communication and improvisation workshop with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science in 2018 and have become particularly interested in optimizing communication with older adults in the Emergency Department.

    My interest areas lie in optimizing the overall ED experience for geriatric patients, using novel tools to improve communication with older adults, screening for geriatric depression in older adults who come into the emergency department, exploring the symbiotic relationship between depression, dementia, and delirium in older adults, decreasing loneliness and social isolation in this population, health disparities in geriatric patients, physician wellness, streamlining transitions of care, as well as enhancing diversity in the field of geriatric emergency medicine. Of particular importance is finding innovative ways to inspire trainees in EM to explore the importance of geriatrics and finding their passion/niche within EM. If elected treasurer, I will continue to work with AGEM and the AGEM Outreach committee, help plan future events, help serve as mentor to medical students and residents on the process of navigating next steps after residency as someone who recently navigated the process, and focus on creating geriatric EM subcommittees within medical student and resident specific groups. I also plan to continue doing research to increase our knowledge on how we can best optimize our emergency departments to care for older adults nationally and internationally, with a particular focus on utilizing resources towards geriatric mental health and minorities, explore differences in geriatric care and resources abroad, strengthen bonds between geriatric subgroups within SAEM, ACEP, and international groups in geriatric emergency medicine, streamline transitions of care with the goal of providing the best care we can to our older patients at every step of their ED visit from arrival to admission vs. discharge and follow-up, as well as use my background in improvisation to explore how we can enhance communication and teamwork in the workplace and in professional organizations. I am inspired by the future of AGEM and GEM. Thank you for your consideration for this position!
  • Christina Shenvi

  • Tony Rosen

    New York Presbyterian Hospital

  • Scott Dresden


    Geriatric Emergency Department Innovations (GEDI), Northwestern Medicine

    Director, Geriatric Emergency Department Innovations (GEDI), 
    Northwestern Medicine
  • Maura Kennedy

    Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Kevin Biese

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine