Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care

Message from the Interim Division Chief, Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH


The Division of Geriatrics & Palliative Care offers compassionate and comprehensive health care to adults and seniors. The division is consistently ranked among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Through the Center for Geriatric Medicine, our faculty provide inpatient geriatric and palliative care consultative services at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, outpatient geriatric primary care at the UH Foley ElderHealth Center, subacute rehabilitative care at Hanna House and other nearby nursing facilities.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Geriatrics in the top 41 hospitals in the nation in 2016-2017

The Palliative Care consultation service focuses on preventing and easing pain, stress and suffering and improving communication during a serious illness to patients and their families, regardless if they are receiving curative treatment or not. The Palliative Care service is often consulted for goals of care discussions with patients and their loved ones.

The leadership of the division brings a new patient-driven philosophy of care. Our faculty members engage with patients in a unique way that empowers and encourages older adults to become active participants in their own care and health outcomes. This new model of care focuses on each patient as an individual with health issues and social concerns. Our doctors and nurses provide personalized education to patients about prescribed medications, warning symptoms and proactive health care.