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Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD

Co-Leader, Career Development & Outreach

Co-Leader of the Career Development & Outreach Core

Dr. Jan Busby-Whitehead is the Mary and Thomas Hudson Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of North Carolina Medical Center. She also directs the Center for Aging and Health and the Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine.

Dr. Busby-Whitehead’s clinical interests include geriatric syndromes such as urinary and fecal incontinence, memory disorders, falls, functional decline and polypharmacy. Currently, her research projects include assessment of racial disparities regarding treatment of urinary incontinence in Southeastern United States nursing homes and developing and testing a treatment program for fecal incontinence in frail elders. She is an expert in geriatric functional assessment and geriatric syndromes including delirium. As Director of the Donald W. Reynolds Next Steps Program for Geriatrics Training for Specialists, she helped develop innovative approaches to improve delirium recognition and management.