Dr. Thomas Gill Is Designated as the Humana Foundation Professor
Dr. Thomas M. Gill, newly named as the Humana Foundation Professor of Geriatric Medicine, is a leading authority on the epidemiology and prevention of disability among older persons.
The co-director of the Yale Program on Aging and of the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, Gill’s research is focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying the development of functional decline and disability among community-living older persons and towards developing preventive strategies to forestall the onset and progression of disability among at-risk elders who are frail. The results from the Yale Precipitating Events Project, Gill’s National Institute on Aging (NIA)-funded cohort study, is enhancing an understanding of disability. The study includes monthly assessments of participants’ functional status over 10 years.
In a landmark clinical trial, Gill’s research group demonstrated that functional decline among frail older persons can be prevented through a prehabilitation program target-ing underlying impairments in physical capabilities.
His other research interests include the epidemiology and prevention of bathing disability and the epidemiology of frailty. A 2006 study led by Gill found that persistent bathing disability among the elderly can increase the risk of long-term nursing home admission. Future research will be aimed at the development and testing of two strategies to restore independent bathing among community-living older persons and a multi-site clinical trial to prevent mobility disability.
At Yale, Gill is also the director of the Research Career Development Core at the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, director of the Section of Geriatrics of the Center for Disability and Disabling Disorders and co-director of the Yale Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology.
A graduate of the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago, Gill completed his housestaff training in internal medicine at the University of Washington in 1990. He received his research training in clinical epidemiology as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale and joined the faculty in 1994 after completing an additional year as a geriatrics fellow.
For his medical and teaching contributions, Gill has been honored with an NIA Academic Award, the Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars in Aging Research Award, the Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar Award and the 2001 Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation Award from the American Geriatrics Society.