Albert L. Siu, M.D., M.S.P.H.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Albert L. Siu, M.D., M.S.P.H., is the Ellen and Howard C. Katz chairman and professor of the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and the director of the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.
Since 2003, he has chaired the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine—one of the largest geriatrics programs in the nation. As chair, he has grown the clinical, educational, and research programs of the department, which houses a number of signature programs, including the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, Center to Advance Palliative Care, National Palliative Care Research Center, Martha Stewart Center for Living, Bronx VA GRECC, and several collaborative programs in geriatrics education, including the Portal of Geriatric Online Education, Donald W. Reynolds Consortium for Faculty Development to Advance Geriatric Education, and New York Consortium of Geriatrics Education Center. The department's clinical programs together account for more than 25,000 outpatient visits, more than 6,000 inpatient visits, and more than 1,500 home visits to primary care patients annually.
Dr. Siu earned his M.D. from Yale Medical School and an M.S.P.H. at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Health. He completed a residency in internal medicine and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar fellowship at UCLA. He joined the UCLA medical faculty in 1985, with a joint appointment at the RAND Corporation. Dr. Siu served as chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at UCLA from 1989 until his departure in 1993 to become a deputy commissioner in the New York State Department of Health. In 1995, he joined Mount Sinai as a professor in the Department of Health Policy. From 1998 to 2002, he was the Clifford Spingarn professor of medicine and chief of general internal medicine at Mount Sinai, before moving into his current role as chair of the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Siu is a senior associate editor at Health Services Research. He has served on foundation and nonprofit boards. Dr. Siu's research aims to improve the quality and delivery of care provided to geriatric populations. His studies have focused on the measurement and improvement of functional outcomes in the elderly, as well as evaluations of system interventions to improve the care for chronic illness.
Prior to his appointment as chair of the Task Force in March 2015, Dr. Siu previously served as a member from June 2001 to December 2006 and as vice chair from March 2011 to March 2015.
Internet Citation: Biography. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. February 2019.