Colorectal cancer remains one of the most curable cancers—if it’s detected early. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently renewed its advice stating that screening for colorectal cancers should begin at age 50 and continue to at least age 75.
For people age 76 to 85, the USPSTF noted
Rosanne Leipzig, MD, PhD
Rosanne M. Leipzig MD, PhD, is the Gerald and May Ellen Ritter Professor (tenured) and the Vice Chair for Education of the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.
Dr. Leipzig is an internationally recognized leader in Geriatrics and Evidence-Based Medicine. During almost two decades at Mount Sinai, Dr. Leipzig has taught and inspired hundreds of physicians, physicians-in-training, nurses, and social workers, building a geriatric education program that is consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best in the nation.
Dr. Leipzig's passion is to assure that 80-year-olds are not treated like 50-year-olds in the healthcare system, and that all health care providers understand what this means. Her research and publications highlight evidence-based treatment for older adults and models for teaching geriatrics, chronic care, and evidence-based medicine.
For the past 15 years, Dr. Leipzig has been the principal investigator of grants from the D.W. Reynolds Foundation to improve the training of non-geriatricians in geriatric medicine. She is also the originator of the Portal of Online Geriatric Education (www.POGOe.org), a web-based clearinghouse for geriatric educational materials that is also supported by the Reynolds Foundation, and the editor-in-chief of the web-based geriatrics education modules know as Web-GEMs, the on-line national curriculum in geriatrics for medical students.
Dr. Leipzig has received numerous awards for her work including the American College of Physicians’ Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award, a Joy McCann Scholar award recognizing her expertise in mentoring and medical education, the 2008 Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial award from the American Geriatrics Society, a Brookdale National Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine and the 2014 Paula Ettelbrick Community Service Award from Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE). In 2016, she received the Jacobi Medallion, one of the highest honors from the Mount Sinai Health System. She is the editor-in-chief of Focus on Healthy Aging, Mount Sinai’s monthly newsletter for consumers, and past chair of the Geriatrics Working Group of the United States Preventive Services Task Force and the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Subspecialty Board on Geriatric Medicine.
Dr. Leipzig received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester, and her M.D. and Ph.D. (in Human Genetics) from the University of Michigan. She returned to the University of Rochester for Internal Medicine Residency training, and completed a Fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology at New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical Center.