Geriatric Fellowship

The mission of the clinical geriatric program is to provide supervised, interdisciplinary opportunities for fellows to develop the clinical and interpersonal skills, knowledge, and professional attitudes required of a physician competent in the care of the aged.

Welcome to the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of General and Geriatric Medicine. We are proud of our long and rich tradition that has made us one of the leading Geriatric Medicine fellowships programs in this country.

The Landon Center on Aging trains geriatricians through our fully accredited Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine. After completing the fellowship, our physicians pursue geriatric medicine careers in either community or academic settings.

The fellowship provides the proficiency needed to pass the special competence examination in geriatric medicine. Such certification gives physicians recognition among their medical peers as expert primary care physicians and consultants in geriatric medicine.

The Landon Center on Aging seeks board-eligible or board-certified internists or family physicians for this one-year fellowship.

During this one-year fellowship the fellow gains experience with the full continuum of geriatric care and a broad variety of patients. The Landon Center on Aging utilizes a longitudinal fellowship curriculum to optimize the value of each type of experience for particular circumstances. Longitudinal experiences throughout the year include a primary care outpatient clinic and supervised patient care at a variety of care settings. Through these experiences, the fellow also learns the nuances of transitions of care as well as care in any one setting. Multidisciplinary teams operate in each setting including nursing, social work, pharmacy and others and the fellow becomes comfortable operating in these settings. Continuity of care and optimizing functional capacity are emphasized throughout the program.

It is organized to provide a well-supervised longitudinal experience at a sufficient level for the fellow to acquire the competence of a geriatrician in regard to patient care, medical knowledge, professionalism, communication and interpersonal skills, system-based practice and practice-based learning and improvement.

 Meet our Program Director and Faculty

Deon Hayley, DO

 Deon Cox Hayley, DO
Associate Professor, 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 the older adults and embracing the need teach their 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 the 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. Since completing her training, she has been intimately involved with training fellows in clinical settings and scholarship and, as of 2016, serves as the Geriatrics Fellowship Director at KU.

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. 


Shelly Bhattacharya, DO, MPH
Associate Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care, Department of Family Medicine

James T Birch, JR., MD, MSPH
Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care, Department of Family Medicine

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

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

Rachel Mason, MD
Assistant Professor, Division of General and Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine


Admatha Muthyala, MD Admatha Muthyala

Assistant Professor, Division of General and Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine

Dan Swagerty, MDDaniel W. Swagerty, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine

Sharee WigginsSharee A Wiggins, NP, Post-MS(N), APRN, BC-GNP, BC-ANP
Instructor, Department of Family Medicine/ Division of Geriatrics Medicine and Palliative Care



The Geriatric Fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center provides a longitudinal experience during fellowship rather than offering block rotations for most activities. Each fellow's schedule consists of integrated activities simultaneously. Each fellow receives 2 days relieved of all patient responsibilities each week.

  • Inpatient setting

Geriatric Psychiatry
Palliative Care

  • Ambulatory Care setting

Primary Care
Assessment Clinic
Memory Disorders Clinic
Wound Care Clinic
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

  • Long-term Care setting

Specialty nursing care facility
Primary long-term care facility
Home Health


Core Conference - the primary aim of this conference is to ensure that the required educational content for an accredited geriatric fellowship program is covered in a cogent, concise and structured manner. The core curriculum conference uses the Geriatric Review Syllabus 7th Edition as the textbook for the course. This is a fellow-driven interactive course.

Journal Club - this conference is to provide the fellows with an in-depth discussion of study design, research methods, and data analysis, emphasizing research methods and statistical analysis as well as a critique of the author's conclusions. Pub Med

GeriPal Ethics- this is a joint ethics seminar for the Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care fellowships started in July, 2012. Led by Dr. Jessica Kalender-Rich and Dr Lindy Landzaat, With the support of medical ethicists from the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine, this seminar explores the ethical dimensions of recent clinical cases through a case-based approach led by the fellows. In addition to its focus on bioethics, this seminar will expand to include discussion of health law, professional guidelines, and the role of multiple professions in addressing ethical challenges. Learners from all four health profession schools and the Schools of Social Welfare and Law will be asked to participate in this monthly seminar. A case file spanning the breadth of ethical challenges in interprofessional care of older adults will be developed as part of this seminar series.

Geriatric Morbidity and Mortality - The goal is to provide fellows an opportunity to review challenging cases encountered in the in-patient geriatrics unit, outpatient clinic, the consult service or long-term care facility.

Geriatric Board Review - It is the expectation of the University of Kansas Medical Center Geriatric Fellowship Program that each fellow will take and pass the Geriatric Certifying Exam within one year of completion of the program. These monthly sessions are designed to assist the fellow in preparing for the exam


Landon Center on Aging

The Theo and Alfred M. Landon Center on Aging opened on the campus of the University of Kansas Medical Center in May 2001. This state-of-the-art facility is dedicated to older adults throughout Kansas and the region. The facility will develop and support model health care services, translate research into cutting-edge clinical geriatric care, and educate patients, families, health care professional students and practicing professionals on the newest principles of geriatric health. All fellows' primary care clinics are held at the Center on Aging.

The University of Kansas Hospital is a 500-bed tertiary care hospital that treats patients from Kansas and neighboring states. The 850,000 square foot hospital contains the most modern medical technology and innovative design features to ensure the best possible patient care. The hospital offers sophisticated support laboratories, a full range of diagnostic and treatment areas, clinical outpatient facilities, an emergency room, specially designed trauma, burn, neurosurgical and other intensive care units, and 30 fully equipped operating rooms. Specialized clinical programs include The Alzheimer's Disease Center, The Palliative Care Consult Service, and outreach activities through telemedicine programs. University of Kansas Hospital

The Kansas City Veterans Affairs Administration Medical Center is a 350-bed metropolitan teaching hospital closely affiliated with KU Medical Center. Part of VA Heartland Network, the Kansas City VAMC provides acute medical surgical, neurological, psychiatric and rehabilitation medicine for the veterans of the Kansas City area. KCVA is a Center of Excellence and referral center for our Network and works closely with the Medical Centers in Leavenworth, Topeka, and Wichita, Kansas. The Kansas City VAMC is located on a 40 acre campus in eastern Kansas City. KCVA

Colmery-O'Neill Veterans Affair Administration Medical Center Since 1946, the staff of the Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center has been serving veterans. The VA Easter Kansas Health Care System serves as the primary health care provider for veterans in eastern Kansas and northwestern Missouri. Topeka VA


In addition, fellows rotate to long-term care facilities, hospice facilities, a wound care clinic, psychiatric facilities and home care sites.

Kansas City Veterans Administration
4801 East Linwood Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64128-2226

Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center
2200 SW Gage Blvd
Topeka, KS 66622

Kansas City Presbyterian Manor
7850 Freeman, Kansas City, KS 66112-2133

Aberdeen Village
17500 West 119th St., Olathe, KS 66061

Sweet Life of Rosehill
12802 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS 66216

Last modified: Sep 01, 2016