Duke Geriatric Center Affiliates

Affiliate Contact Information

Gwendolen T. Buhr, MD, MHS, MEd, CMD

Dr. Buhr is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics.  Her area of education expertise is long term care, Interprofessional education, quality improvement, and transitions of care.  She earned her MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, completed residency in Internal Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, NC, and then went on to do a geriatrics fellowship at Duke University. Dr. Buhr completed a Master of Education degree at North Carolina State University. Dr. Buhr's clinical duties are primarily as the medical director and attending physician for The Forest at Duke, a continuing care retirement community. (Email: gwendolen.buhr@duke.edu)

Mitchell T. Heflin, MD, MHS

Dr. Heflin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics. He is project co-director of the Duke Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program grant.   He earned his MD from the University of Virginia and completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in geriatrics at Duke University. He is a Senior Fellow in the Aging Center at Duke and serves as Co-Principal Investigator and Program Director for the Reynolds FD~AGE Program. He is also Program Director for the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program. He has interests in clinical education in geriatrics for medical students and residents, faculty development for clinician-educators and Interprofessional education programs. (Email: mitchell.heflin@duke.edu)

Eleanor S. McConnell, PhD, MSN, RN, GCNS, BC, GEC Co-PI

Dr. McConnell is Director of the Center of Excellence in Geriatric Nursing Education (CoE-GNE) and Lead Faculty for the gerontology specialties (Adult NP-Gerontology and Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist) in the MSN Program. She has a joint appointment at the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where she is both clinical nurse specialist and nurse scientist. Dr. McConnell is also a Senior Fellow at the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development.  

She earned her Master's in Nursing at Duke University and her PhD in Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. McConnell's academic interests include frailty in the aged, the role of the physical environment in promoting function, and implementation of evidence-based practices in care of older adults. Her research identifies factors that influence functional decline in very frail older adults, with a particular interest in improving care for older adults with cognitive impairment. (Email: eleanor.mcconnell@duke.edu)

Melissa B. Aselage, PhD, RN, FNP

Dr. Aselage, is an Assistant Professor in the Duke University School of Nursing. She is a 2012-2014 National Hartford Centers for Geriatric Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) Claire M. Fagin Fellow, was a 2009-2011 NHCGNE Patricia G. Archbold Scholar, and a Senior Fellow in the Duke Center for Aging. She teaches Care of Older Adults and Their Families in the Accelerated Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing. Her research focus is alleviating mealtime difficulties for older adults with dementia, primarily in the nursing home setting.  (Email: melissa.aselage@duke.edu)

Donald (Chip) E. Bailey Jr., PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Bailey is an Associate Professor in the Duke University School of Nursing, Senior Fellow in the Duke Center for the Study ofis an Associate Professor in the Duke University School of Nursing, Senior Fellow in the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, and Claire M. Fagin Fellow. His research program has focused on self-management in patients with serious life-limiting illnesses such as prostate cancer, chronic hepatitis C, or end stage liver disease. In 2009 Dr. Bailey received the Distinguished Nursing Achievement Award from Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. He is completing a two year term as the Coordinator for the Advanced Nursing Research Special Interest Group for the Oncology Nursing Society. He was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2012.  (Email: chip.Bailey@duke.edu)

Sujayalakshmi Devarayasamudram, MSN, RN, MPhil, PhD

Dr. Devarayasamudram is a clinical associate professor, Department of Nursing at North Carolina Central University. She studied in India, majoring in Nursing, Philosophy, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Public Administration, and Psychology, and has 30 years of teaching experience in a wide range of settings in different countries such as India, the Middle East and the USA. She participates in the Interprofessional faculty teams and recruits students from NCCU to participate in clinical training programs.  She serves as liaison to community providers and locations in Durham which may serve as clinical training sites and quality improvement partners. (Email: sdevarayasamudram@nccu.edu)

Lisa Day, PhD, RN, CNRN

Dr. Day is an Associate Professor in the Duke University School of Nursing. Before coming to DUSON, was a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Neuroscience and Critical Care at the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center. Dr. Day graduated from Long Beach City College in California with an Associate Degree in nursing in 1984. She has worked as a nurse in a post-anesthesia recovery room, a medical cardiac critical care unit, and a neuroscience critical care unit. She completed her BSN, MS (Critical Care CNS), and PhD at the University of California-San Francisco School of Nursing. Her dissertation research (with Patricia Benner) focused on the nursing care of brain-injured patients identified as potential organ donors. Dr. Day has a passion for teaching second-degree students. Her teaching in the DUSON ABSN program is informed by eight years of experience teaching pre-licensure nursing in a Master’s Entry program and a strong interest in developing support systems for new graduates transitioning into nursing practice.  (Email: lisa.day@duke.edu)

Emily Egerton, PhD

Dr. Egerton is an independent instructional design consultant with 25 years of experience in education. Specializing in adult learning theory and online instructional design and evaluation, Dr. Egerton works closely with individual and small groups of educators to provide targeted faculty development designed to promote active, learner-centered instruction. She is also a certified Quality Matters Master Evaluator for the George Washington University School of Allied Health. Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in education with a focus on instructional technology from George Mason University, an M.A. in education from the University of West Florida and a B.A. in psychology and business administration from Rollins College. (Email: Emily.egerton@duke.edu)

 Bob Konrad, PhD

Dr. Konrad focuses on finalizing the design and implementation plan for the evaluation, with a particular emphasis on identifying impact of teaching on health disparities.  He is also available to faculty trainees regarding publication of results from their individual curriculum development and evaluation activities.(Email: Bob_konrad@unc.edu)

Loretta Matters, MSN, RN

Loretta Matters is an experienced nurse executive and currently serves as the Associate Director of The Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence (CGNE) at DUSON and the Director of Duke NICHE, (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) and academic-practice partnership between DUSON and DUHS Nsg.  She earned her Masters degree in Nursing at Seton Hall University, in South Orange NJ.  (Email: Loretta.matters@duke.edu)

Sandro O. Pinheiro, Ph.D

Dr. Pinheiro is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics. He serves as Education Director for the Reynolds Faculty Development to Advance Geriatrics Education (FD~AGE) Program. He completed his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Adult and Continuing Education at Michigan State University. Dr. Pinheiro has been working in medical education for more than ten years, directing faculty development activities for clinical and basic science faculty. His educational competencies are in the areas of adult learning, curriculum design and evaluation and qualitative inquiry. His research interests focus on medical education and the assessment of change in the teaching practice of clinical teachers. (Email: sandro.pinheiro@duke.edu)

Cornelia Poer, MSW, LCSWA is the clinical social worker for the Duke Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment Clinic.  She is involved with teaching teams about geriatric assessment and community resources.  She also works with other team members on design and implementation of the patient/caregiver education program. (Email: cornelia.poer@duke.edu)

Julie Pruitt, MS, RD, LDN teaches Interprofessional team members regarding effective communication as well as helping to develop our online presence. Julie is a registered and licensed dietitian currently assigned as Program Coordinator for a Duke health and wellness initiative with Nurtur Health Inc., a private provider of integrated work-life, health and wellness programs. In her current position, she acts as liaison between the clinical team at Duke and Nurtur Health to facilitate the development and maintenance of The PHD Network, an online Health Management System designed to help educate individuals about the long-term benefits of improving their overall health.  Her activities include advising The PHD Network business team in Nashville, TN on accurate scientific content and develop research partnerships that benefit The PHD Network, Nurtur Health Inc., and Duke University. (Email: julie.pruitt@duke.edu

Kathy M. Shipp, PT, PhD, GCS

Dr. Shipp is a physical therapist who is board-certified in geriatrics and an epidemiologist.  She teaches in the Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy education program.  Her research focuses on bone health and osteoporosis.  She is involved with interprofessional education for PT, MD, nursing, and PA students at Duke school of medicine and school of nursing.   (Email: kathy.shipp@duke.edu)

Lisa Shock, MHS, PA-C

Lisa Shock is a Duke University Physician Assistant graduate and has greater than 12 years of clinical experience in a variety of healthcare settings.   She enjoys part time clinical primary care practice and teaches geriatric medicine and long-term care as a Duke PA Program faculty member. Lisa Shock assists in curriculum design and the recruitment of PA students to participate in GEC activities.  She also participates in design and completion of quality improvement projects impacting long-term care. (Email: Lisa.shock@gmail.com)

Heidi White, MD, MHS, MEd, CMD

Dr. White is currently Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics, a senior fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, principal investigator on the Duke Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT) Program and Medical Director of Croasdaile Village Retirement Community in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. White graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, completed her residency in internal medicine at The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis at Washington University and came to Duke University€™s School of Medicine for fellowship training in geriatric medicine. She is particularly interested in teaching long-term care to medical students, internal medicine residents and geriatric medicine fellows. Dr. White also recently completed a Master of Education degree at North Carolina State University. She has led the faculty effort to develop the Advanced Course in Long-term Care for geriatric medicine fellows and is directing Duke€™s mini-fellowship in long-term care education. Her research interests include interventions for the prevention of cognitive and physical decline in older adults. (Email: heidi.white@duke.edu)

Manamadala MBBS, MSc                               

Dr. Yanamadala is a Medical Instructor in the Division of Geriatrics at Duke University Medical Center. She completed her medical training at Gandhi Medical College in Hyderabad, India, an Internal Medicine residency at Oakwood Hospital, Dearborn, Michigan, and a Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Yanamadala's area of interests include: delirium in elderly, curriculum development in clinical quality improvement and training faculty in clinical teaching. (Email: mamata.yanamadala@duke.edu)

Operations Coordinator: Michelle Mitchell (Email: m.mitchell@duke.edu)

Program Coordinator:  Michele Burgess, M.C.R.P.  (Email: michele.burgess@duke.edu)