Assistant Professor Anschutz Medical Campus
University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado
Dr. Lam is a geriatrician and assistant professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine in the US and Canada. Dr. Lam’s research focuses on functional, physical and cognitive disability in late life and their relationship to entry into long-term care facilities. His research employs mixed methods, including longitudinal analysis of repeated measures of function and caregiving using data from national studies on aging, and semi-structured interviews and focus groups of new nursing home and assisted living residents and health care professionals working in post-acute and long-term care settings. Dr. Lam has clinical and quality improvement experience addressing prolonged hospitalization in older patients on inpatient wards, developing clinical workflows for post-acute care, and accrediting geriatric emergency departments.
His primary research and work interests are on institutionalization; as a geriatrician who regularly counsels persons as they encounter health crises and declining function and are debating whether it is safe to stay at home, he is interested in investigating the experience of disability in late life, how disability threatens independence, methods for objectively measuring the “need” for institutionalization, and what services and equipment can be provided to postpone institutionalization and help people “age in place” instead.
Dr. Lam believes that USDeN is “a great forum for meeting other deprescribing researchers and mentors.” He is a participant in our most recent Junior Investigator Intensive Program, and he appreciates the network for the ideas and inspiration to publish in this space.