Lee Lindquist, MD, MPH: The Many Roles of Geriatricians

May 5, 2022
Kenny Walter

Kenny Walter is an editor with HCPLive. Prior to joining MJH Life Sciences in 2019, he worked as a digital reporter covering nanotechnology, life sciences, material science and more with R&D Magazine. He graduated with a degree in journalism from Temple University in 2008 and began his career as a local reporter for a chain of weekly newspapers based on the Jersey shore. When not working, he enjoys going to the beach and enjoying the shore in the summer and watching North Carolina Tar Heel basketball in the winter.

There remains a need for more doctors that specialize in geriatrics.

With the population aging, the role of geriatricians might be expanding, especially after a 2 year global pandemic that has largely impacted the older population.

As Baby Boomers continue to hit senior age, there are many concerns over psychiatric problems, Alzheimer disease, and other diseases that might disproportionatelyotately impact older adults.

In an interview with HCPLive®, Lee A. Lindquist, MD, MPH, Chief of the Division of Geriatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, explained all the different facets that are needed to treat and care for the senior population.

For example, Lee said there is a need for more geriatric psychiatrics and geriatricians in general.

There also is a lot of concern over Alzheimer disease and whether we truly are on the verge of being able to treat the disease.

However, Lindquist, while hopeful for the future, does not hold much regard for the current stable of Alzheimer disease drugs.

In a presentation during Pri-Med West 2022 in Anaheim, Lindquist, discussed the need to deprescribe when possible, for the senior population and one of the most important aspects of this is better communication among specialists.