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Rosanne Leipzig, MD, PhD

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. Visit her website at rosannemd.com.


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.

Articles by Rosanne Leipzig, MD, PhD

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Editor’s Note: Getting Help If You Fall

We report often on how vulnerable older adults are to serious injury and even death due to falls. It’s likely you worry about falling yourself, and your loved ones probably worry about it too, especially if you live alone. But there’s a lot you can do to ensure your wellbeing

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Editor’s Note: Mind Your Backs!

We’re looking at back pain in this month’s issue, since it’s something that affects nearly two-thirds of Americans, and can make simple activities of daily living a real challenge.

When you suffer from back pain, you may tend to focus on the symptoms and reach for painkillers. Some people take to

Benefits of Exercise: Good Medicine for the Body and Mind

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Benefits of Exercise: Good Medicine for the Body and Mind

Exercise confers many health advantages. It can help counteract blood vessel diseases that play a role in our cardiovascular health, preserve cognitive function as we age, and help protect us from cancer.
Get Motivated to Get the Benefits of Exercise
We’ve long understood the benefits of exercise. It unlocks the door to better physical

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From The Editor: AD Research Needs You!

Anybody who has been either diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or is caring for someone with it hopes that ongoing research will soon identify drugs or other treatments that make a difference. Currently, there are more than 100 drugs in clinical trials, with 28 of these being studied in phase

Ask the Doctor: “Why Do I Bruise So Easily?”

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Ask the Doctor: “Why Do I Bruise So Easily?”

Dr. Rosanne Leipzig, Professor and Vice Chair of the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York, N.Y., addresses reader questions on bruising and pressure sores.

Q. I seem to bruise so easily these days—is there anything I can do

Colorectal Cancers: Screening Saves Lives

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Colorectal Cancers: Screening Saves Lives

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 that