United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers



Bruce W Carter Department of
Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Miami GRECC (11GRC)
1201 NW 16 Street
Miami, FL 33125
Phone: (305) 575-3388
Fax: (305) 575-3365


University of Miami School of Medicine

GRECC Director:

Bernard Roos, MD

Associate Director for Research:

Guy Howard, PhD

 Director for Education and Evaluation:

Jorge Ruiz, MD

Associate Director for Clinical Programs:

Hermes Florez, MD

Miami GRECC Research:  Bone and cartilage metabolism, Prostate neoplagia, Reparative use of adult stem cells,Vitamin D and soy isoflavones, diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors, falls and injuries.

Accomplishment:  The Miami GRECC has been serving elderly Veterans in south Florida since 1991. In fiscal year 2009 staff published 59 peer reviewed papers, provided 680 person hours of geriatric education, and expended $4,508,362 in research awards. Its current research interests include: loss of structure and function of neurons; bone and cartilage metabolism; prostate tumors; reparative use of adult stem cells; managing osteoporosis and osteoarthritis; prevention through exercise and diet; antioxidant properties of soy and vitamin D; recognizing and managing frailty; risk factors for cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes; exercise interventions; telehealth and care coordination for high healthcare utilizes; clinical decision support systems; and falls and injuries.

Education: GRECC's multidisciplinary education activities are closely aligned with the Center on Aging (Geriatrics Institute), Florida's Teaching Nursing Home, the Miami Area Geriatric Education Center, and the Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged.  The center supports a wide array of educational research, especially on the role of e-learning in undergraduate (UME), graduate (GME), and continuing medical education (CME). In UME,curriculum development utilizes a variety of learning methodologies in a longitudinal theme traversing all four years of medical school; in GME, internal medicine residents rotate through a combined GEM/Palliative Care Unit with multidisciplinary education, including interdisciplinary geriatric care team development; in CME, education in the recognition and assessment of geriatrics syndromes occurs through the use of online training of community physicians and allied healthcare disciplines.  The geriatric medicine fellowship program, including the advanced fellowship, emphasizes competency-based approaches to care for frail elders.


Clinical: Home care programs, including telehealth; long term care with culture change; geriatric musculoskeletal disorders, especially osteoporosis and falls; geriatric endocrinology and adult-onset diabetes; palliative care; geriatric primary care; geriatric evaluation and management.