2005 Recipient: Mary E. Tinetti, M.D.
Mary E. Tinetti, M.D. is the Gladys Phillips Crofoot Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Public Health and Director of Yale Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence in Aging. She is also Director of the Yale Program on Aging and Director of the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center.
She was nominated by her peers to receive the award because; Dr. Tinetti is a world class investigator, an outstanding program leader, a superb mentor and an exceptional individual.”
Dr. Tinetti's research has changed the way health care professionals view and treat falls in the elderly. Falls had been considered an inevitable part of aging. As a result of her work, falls are now understood to result from recognizable and measurable risk factors, which respond to intervention. Dr. Tinetti has developed an innovative approach to falls prevention that addresses the harmful effects of multiple risk factors. This approach has been shown to reduce the risk of falling among community-living elders. Her research is currently directed to translating this intervention into everyday clinical practice.