Geriatrics Fellowship Program

Program Overview

Geriatric fellows

Welcome to the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Fellowship Program where educating physicians to be leaders in the unique care of older adults is our mission!

Since its inception in 1978, the geriatrics fellowship program has trained more than 79 geriatricians, making Arkansas among the states with the highest number of geriatricians per capita.  Training in geriatrics at UAMS puts you in good company of other world-class geriatrics training programs.  Our training program has consistently ranked in the top ten percent of programs in U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of best graduate schools.

The Reynolds Department of Geriatrics with the Reynolds Institute on Aging is one of six designated centers of excellence on the UAMS campus and is housed in a state-of-the-art facility that includes basic and clinical research, educational programs, primary care and sub-specialty clinics, rehabilitation services and administration all under one roof.  This allows basic and clinical researchers, educators and clinicians to engage in collaborative activities that further the science of aging through a synergy that is changing the way older Americans live.


Under the leadership of Jeanne Wei, M.D., Ph.D., the Institute on Aging and the Department of Geriatrics continues to expand research, clinical and educational programs including:  1) world-class research programs in nutrition and metabolism, basic science in Alzheimer’s disease and the aging heart, with the recent addition of a Center for Translational Research; 2) comprehensive clinical programs in primary care, dementia, frailty, geriatric psychiatry, palliative care, falls, urinary incontinence, pain, with newly added clinics in wound care and care for persons with nutritional disorders, and 3) an extensive educational agenda that encompasses programs for graduate medical education, professional development and patient education at UAMS and across the state.

Dr. Wei, a renowned researcher, geriatrician, cardiologist and educator, has as one of her primary missions the “generation of solutions to some of the toughest clinical and systems issues facing the aging population today” in an atmosphere of a collaborative, creative and productive department here at UAMS.

Dr. Wei is board certified in internal medicine, geriatrics and cardiovascular medicine and sees patients in the Thomas and Lyon Longevity Clinic in the Institute on Aging. After obtaining her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois, Dr. Wei completed an internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital as well as a staff fellowship in gerontology at the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging in Baltimore. She then joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, where she became Director of the Division on Aging at Harvard and Chief of the Gerontology Division at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She was recruited to UAMS in 2002.

Dr. Wei has received continuous NIH funding for more than 30 years. Her major research interests include the aging cardiovascular system. Dr. Wei has served on NIH/NIA peer review study sections and was Chair of the NIA Board of Scientific Counselors. In addition, she has served on advisory boards of research foundations, pharmaceutical companies and the FDA. She holds six patents, has published more than 200 scientific articles, served on multiple editorial boards and is a reviewer of 36 peer-review scientific journals. She has authored six books, including one geriatrics textbook, used in the U.S. and U.K., and a health guide for the general public, “AGING WELL: the Complete Guide to Physical and Emotional Health.”

Dr. Wei has received two UAMS College of Medicine graduate school mentor awards for serving as a major Ph.D. graduate advisor and also recently received the UAMS College of Medicine Distinguished Faculty Award for 2016. She was elected to be a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and was Secretary of the GSA Biological Sciences Section. A gifted teacher, Dr. Wei received the Outstanding Clinical Educator Award from Harvard Medical School in 2000, the Outstanding Woman Faculty Award from the UAMS College of Medicine in 2005 and three Red Sash Awards from UAMS College of medicine senior medical students.

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