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Mark Lachs, M.D.
Both a practicing physician and highly regarded researcher, Dr. Mark Lachs is Director of Geriatrics for the New York Presbyterian Health System (one of the nation’s largest) and the Irene and Roy Psaty Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City. He is also co-chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology at the Medical School, and has responsibility for teaching geriatrics and internal medicine to medical students, residents, fellows and practicing physicians. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the New York University School of Medicine he completed a residency in Internal Medicine at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Lachs also received a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Yale University while a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.

Dr. Lachs’s major area of interest is the disenfranchised elderly, and he has published widely on such topics as of elder abuse and neglect, quality of life in aging, the older cancer patient, ethics, and the financing of health care. He has lectured internationally and is a highly sought after speaker to both medical and lay audiences. His scientific publications have appeared in such prestigious publications as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association, and he has appeared on The Today Show, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and many other national and local media outlets.

His many honors and awards include an American College of Physicians Teaching and Research Scholarship, a National Institute on Aging Academic Leadership Award, and a Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholarship. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Lachs continues to conduct important research on aging while simultaneously mentoring junior physicians and researchers in this area. He was the principal investigator of the largest longitudinal study of elder abuse ever conducted (funded by the National Institute on Aging), He has advised the Institute of Medicine and the AMA on matters related to Elder Abuse and Aging, participated in the 2006 White House Conference on Aging, and testified before congress and local legislatures. He has also served as an advisor to the World Health Organization. Dr. Lachs serves on the board of directors of the American Federation for Aging Research (a foundation seeking to raise awareness and funding for aging research) as well as other foundations.

Dr. Lachs’s hobbies include baseball, guitar, restoring antique electronics, and ham radio. He and his wife Susan, a nurse practitioner, have three children and live in Connecticut.

Entries by Mark Lachs, M.D.

The Utility and Ethics of 'Granny Cams'

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 10:01 AM

I was recently interviewed by the New York Times on the use of "granny cams" to detect elder abuse in nursing homes. The piece was prompted by several cases in which family members of nursing home residents placed video cameras in the rooms of their loved ones and...

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Addressing Capacity Assessment

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 4:37 PM

Your elderly mother was just discharged from the hospital and needs a bevy of home care services if she's not to bounce back like a bad check: visiting nurses, physical therapists, delivery of assistive equipment like a shower chair to make bathing safe. Yet the day after discharge, she curtly...

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Topless With a Hip Replacement

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 1:48 PM

She was topless on the beach with a hip replacement. I bet you're not used to seeing those two ideas in the same sentence, but I thought a more banal title, like "How I Spent My Summer Vacation," would put you to sleep. Now that I have your attention, I'll...

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If Mickey Rooney Is an Elder Abuse Victim, Who's Next?

(10) Comments | Posted March 3, 2011 | 1:34 PM

This week I had the profound honor to testify before the Senate Committee on Aging on the subject of elder abuse. The man who preceded me, with great dignity and courage, was the American film icon Mickey Rooney, who has recently described the elder abuse and financial exploitation...

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Boomers, Aging Parents and the Holiday Season: It's (often) The Most Difficult Time of the Year

(8) Comments | Posted December 22, 2010 | 8:50 AM

No doubt about it; with regard to relationships, the holiday season can be a decidedly mixed blessing. On the one hand, we get to see friends and family that we missed over the past year and rekindle those bonds. On the other hand, the holiday season can also rekindle old...

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Elder Abuse: How to Protect Your Loved One When Cognitive Problems Arise

(11) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 11:22 AM

I usually wear my physician hat when I blog here (I'm an internist-geriatrician), but the New York Times front-page story on Halloween describing difficulties handling finances as we age forces me to put on another one.

When I'm not doctoring, I conduct research in the field of...

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Care Transitions: The Hazards of Going In and Coming Out of the Hospital

(24) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 12:15 PM

The closing of St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City recently reminded me about some of the hazards of going into -- and coming out of -- the hospital. As an internist and geriatrician working (as well as a lifelong New Yorker), I got a bird's eye view...

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Is Your Health Care Ageist? (Even If You're Not That Old?)

(11) Comments | Posted September 21, 2010 | 6:16 PM

You've probably heard about age discrimination in the workplace. And maybe you've even seen it in the doctor's office with a parent or spouse--that moment when the doc dismisses your 70- or 80-year-old loved one's complaint of an ache or pain as "just part of getting old," and then sends...

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