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C. Seth Landefeld, M.D.

Member, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

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C. Seth Landefeld, M.D., is the chairman of the department of medicine and the Spencer chair in medical science leadership at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine. Dr. Landefeld also serves on the board of directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine, the UAB Health System, and the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation. Previously, Dr. Landefeld served as a professor of medicine and of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). While at UCSF, Dr. Landefeld made significant contributions to the School of Medicine’s geriatrics program, founding and directing the development of the geriatrics division and serving as both the division chief and director of the geriatrics fellowship program. In addition, Dr. Landefeld directed the Program for the Aging Century and led the editorial team responsible for producing the “Care of the Aging Patient” series featured in the Journal of the American Medical Association. He also served as the associate chair for strategic planning and implementation at the UCSF Department of Medicine and the associate chief of staff for geriatrics and extended care at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Dr. Landefeld is internationally known for his work in geriatrics, general internal medicine, and health care research, with the emphasis of his work aiming to personalize health care for the elderly and to improve their outcomes. He is a thought leader on the safe delivery of medicines and care delivery models that improve geriatric outcomes. His additional areas of interest include leadership development and philanthropic fundraising to support academic medicine.

Dr. Landefeld has served as president and treasurer of the Society of General Internal Medicine and on the board of directors of the American Geriatrics Society. He has also served on the editorial boards of the Journal of General Internal Medicine (and was associate editor for 4 years), the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and the American Journal of Medicine. He has been recognized with various awards, including the Robert J. Glaser Award for “Exceptional Contributions to Education and Research,” the highest award of the Society of General Internal Medicine. He is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians and a fellow of the American College of Physicians.  

Dr. Landefeld received a B.A. from both Harvard University and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He earned his M.D. from Yale University and completed a residency in internal medicine at UCSF, where he also served as chief resident. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in general internal medicine at Harvard University and was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

Dr. Landefeld joined the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in January 2016.

Current as of: December 2019

Internet Citation: Biography. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. December 2019.

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