Eric Widera, MD
Eric Widera is a clinician-educator in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His main goal is to improve the care provided to elderly patients with severe chronic and/or terminal conditions through program development and educational innovations. Dr. Widera accomplishes this through various leadership roles, including director of the Hospice & Palliative Care Service at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and program director for the Geriatrics Fellowship at UCSF. He is also on the board of directors for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). Dr. Widera received his medical school training at UCSF and his internal medicine training at Mount Sinai Hospital. He returned to UCSF to complete a fellowship in geriatric medicine. He joined the faculty at UCSF in August of 2006. Since then, Dr. Widera has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA), the Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award, the AAHPM Hospice and Palliative Medicine Leaders Under 40 award, the AAHPM PDIA Palliative Medicine National Leadership Award, and the AAHPM Visionaries award. He is also a co-founder of GeriPal, a geriatrics and palliative care blog and podcast, as well as ePrognosis, an online set of prognostic calculators for the elderly.
Disclosing a dementia diagnosis to patients and caregivers in a way that is sensitive, clear, and supportive.
Helping patients and caregivers understand challenges they may face as dementia worsens.
Enabling patients and caregivers to plan ahead for the financial, legal, and other impacts of dementia.
Assessing for caregiver burden and connecting caregivers to needed support systems.
Strategies for understanding and addressing the sources of behavioral symptoms for people living with dementia.
Addressing common sources of suffering for people living with dementia.