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Geriatric Fellowship Program Director

Deon Hayley, DO

Deon Cox Hayley, DO
Division of General and Geriatric Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine

Dr. Hayley describes, "Being a Geriatrician means teaching is essential: ensuring physicians understand the nuances of caring for older adults and teaching patients and caregivers is our greatest opportunity to provide excellent care for our aging population. My fervent, heartfelt desire is to groom physicians so that they can also reach older adults in need of specialized care and teach that care to others."

Dr. Hayley went to Medical School at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (previously UHS-COM), completed Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Kansas in Wichita and Fellowships in Geriatric Medicine and Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. She stayed on as faculty at the University of Chicago for 17 years before coming back home to Kansas City in 2010. She has taught and mentored hundreds of fellows, residents and students of many disciplines.  

Dr. Hayley's clinical interests are in dementia, palliative care and home care. She is Section Leader of Geriatrics in the Division of General and Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine. Her research interests overlap with her teaching and clinical care.

Candice Coffey, MD

Candice Coffey, MD
Associate Program Director, Geriatric Fellowship
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of General and Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine

Dr. Coffey is a Board Certified Physician in Family Medicine. Her practice focuses on care of the older adult in post-acute, rehabilitation, assisted living and long-term care settings. She is involved in teaching students in the Geriatric Medicine Clerkship as well as Internal Medicine Residents and Geriatric Medicine Fellows.



Shelley Bhattacharya, DO, MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine

Dr. Bhattacharya's interests include Driving in the Older Adult and Interprofessional Education. She cares for primary care patients and leads the Geriatric Interprofessional Teaching Clinic (GITC) at the Landon Center on Aging.


James T. Birch, Jr. MD
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine

Dr. Birch's interests are in Geriatrics Education and Home Care. 


Crystal Burkhardt, PharmD, MBA, PCPS
Clinical Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of Kansas

Dr. Burkhardt earned her Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters of Business Administration at Drake University and completed an ASHP accredited geriatric specialty residency at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist. Her primary research interest include interprofessional geriatric education and practice advancement.


Courtney Huhn, MD
Community Living Center Medical Director, Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Huhn completed Medical School, Family Medicine Residency and a Geriatric Medicine Fellowship all at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City Campus. Dr. Huhn is now serving as the Medical Director of the Community Living Centers (long-term and skilled nursing care facilities) of the Topeka Campus at VA Eastern Kansas and a Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Kansas Department of Family Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care. Dr. Huhn is board certified in Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatric Medicine and she is a Certified Medical Director through the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. She enjoys educating members of the interdisciplinary team, geriatric fellows, resident physicians and medical students.


Jessica Kalender-Rich, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of General and Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine

Dr. Kalender-Rich is board certified in Palliative Care as well as Geriatrics and she has an interest in Transitions and Post-Acute Care. She is Medical Director of the Health System's post-acute network and provides patient care at KCTCC. She is also threadhead of Geriatrics in the ACE Medical School Curriculum and leads the Internal Medicine Residency education in the Geriatrics rotation


Denise Zwahlen, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr Denise Zwahlen is a board certified family physician with added qualifications in geriatrics. Her experience includes private practice geriatrics as well as academia at KUMC and the University of New Mexico. Dr Zwahlen enjoys teaching and curricular development with a focus on interprofessional care. She is excited to continue her academic career at the University of Kansas where she teaches geriatrics in the nursing facility as well as outpatient clinic at the Landon Center on Aging.

Last modified: Feb 09, 2021