Renowned Gerontologists to Speak at ‘Crossing the Bridge to Successful Aging’ Conference



April 4, 2011 – Dr. David Dosa, successful author and geriatrician at Brown University, and Dr. John Morley, Dammert professor of gerontology and director of geriatric medicine at Saint Louis University Medical Center, will speak at the “Crossing the Bridge to Successful Aging” conference April 29 in Cape Girardeau.

The one day event will be held at the Drury Lodge. The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Morning Keynote SpeakerDr. David Dosa will be the conference’s morning keynote speaker. Dosa holds a bachelor of arts degree in biology from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in public health focusing on internal medicine and geriatrics from the University of Pittsburgh, and a medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine.

Dosa is a geriatrician and health services researcher at Brown University in Providence, R.I., and is a practicing physician with clinical interests in the area of dementia and the appropriate care of the elderly. He is also a “New York Times” bestselling author. His book “Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat” has been published in more than 20 countries world-wide. Dosa also has authored several book chapters and completed more than 15 peer reviewed publications.

His current research interests include nursing home quality improvement, nursing home response to hurricane disasters, nursing home infections and medication errors in the elderly. Dosa is a Hartford Foundation Scholar and the recipient of the Merck New Investigator Award for 2006 and the Career Development Award from the Veteran’s Administration. 

Closing Plenary SpeakerThe conference’s closing plenary speaker will be Dr. John Morley, the Dammert professor of gerontology and director of geriatric medicine at Saint Louis University Medical Center and director of the geriatric research, education and clinical center at the St. Louis Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

 Morley earned his medical degree at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. After completing his internal medicine residency in South Africa, he did a fellowship in endocrinology at University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). He subsequently became a staff endocrinologist at Minneapolis VA Medical Center and the University of Minnesota. He has served as director of the geriatric research, education and clinical center at Sepulveda VA Medical Center and a professor of medicine with UCLA. He is board certified in internal medicine, endocrinology and geriatric medicine.

Morley has been recognized many times for his work in appetite regulation and for extensive research in the field of gerontology, including receipt of the Mead Johnson Award from the American Institution of Nutrition, the prestigious European IPSEN Foundation Longevity Prize for geriatric research, the Gayle and Richard Olson Prize and Circle Award from the American Dietetic Association, the American Geriatrics Society’s Nascher/Manning Award for lifelong achievements in clinical geriatrics, the Joseph T. Freeman Award from the Gerontological Society of America, and the Marsha Goodwin Beck Interdisciplinary Award for Excellence in Geriatric Leadership from the Department of Veterans Affairs National Leadership Board.

A long time published author, he has served on the editorial boards of nine journals, as editor for the “Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences,” and many others. He currently serves as editor for the “Journal of American Medical Director’s Association” and writes a column and blogs for the “St. Louis Post Dispatch.”

Between speakers, the conference will host a number of breakout sessions on a range of topics, including Alternative Therapies, Mental Health Issues Addiction in the Elderly, Dementia Care, Care Giving, Chronic Care Management, Sexuality and Aging, and End of Life/Palliative Care. 

The event is sponsored by Southeast Missouri State University, Missouri Gateway Geriatric Education Center, Southeast HEALTH, Saint Francis Medical Center and SEMO Area Health Education Center.  For more information on the conference, contact Desma Reno, conference chair, at (573) 651-2939, or e-mail