Faculty and Staff
Stephen J. Bartels, MD, MS, serves as Principal Investigator (PI). Dr. Bartels has primary responsibility for developing, implementing, and evaluating the entire Geriatric Education Center in his roles as Professor of Psychiatry and Community and Family Medicine atThe Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and The Dartmouth Institute, Director of the Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, and Research Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Residency program.
Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN serves as the Clinical Training Director works in partnership with the Project Director to develop, implement, and evaluate the efforts of the GEC and coordinates efforts with the project coordinator, evaluation team, geriatric educators, and other healthcare professionals and clinical sites. The Clinical Training Director oversees the dissemination of programs and participate in evaluation and revision of curriculum materials and educational strategies. The Clinical Training Director also develops interactive and innovative teaching strategies, such as simulated patients, toolkits, and workshops.
John Batsis, MD, serves as an expert Medical Geriatrician Trainer responsible for developing and implementing experiential educational experiences for faculty, internal medicine residents, students, and other clinicians in his role at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) as Geriatrician and Assistant Professor at Geisel School. He serves as a content expert on the project planning team, ensuring that curriculum materials address evidence-based best practices in the care of older adults, and serves on the planning committee for courses relating to care of geriatric patient.
Kenneth M. Dolkart, MD, serves as an expert Medical Geriatrician Trainer responsible for developing and implementing experiential educational experiences for faculty, students, and other clinicians as a Geriatrician and Assistant Professor at Geisel School. He serves as a content expert on the project planning team related to geriatrics and specifically the falls evidence-based quality improvement project, ensuring that curriculum materials address evidence-based best practices in the care of older adults.
Dawna Pidgeon, PT, serves as a falls risk assessment trainer. She is a physical therapist and coordinator of the balance and vestibular program. In her role as the chair of DHMC's Falls Risk Reduction Task Force, she will work with various teams and frontline staff members in various ambulatory care settings, assisted living facilities, and senior centers to train and assess competency in completing a falls risk assessment.
Roshini Pinto-Powell, MD, serves as an expert Medical Geriatrician Trainer responsible for developing and implementing experiential educational experiences for faculty, students, and other clinicians in her role at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) as Geriatrician and Assistant Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She is a co-director for the Geriatric Ambulatory Medicine clerkship. She serves as the principal faculty member for the patient/family centered geriatric experience entitled, "From the other side of the stethoscope." This program focuses on medical student discussions with mentors who are older adults representing the community.
Robert (Bob) Santulli, MD, Geriatric Psychiatry Trainer, develops an ongoing series of interactive videoconferences that are disseminated to conference sites in various remote and underserved areas. The series focuses on geriatric mental health topics, and answers questions from clinical environments in which there are no geriatricians or geriatric psychiatrists. Dr. Santulli is a Geriatric Psychiatrist and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Geisel School and Director of Dartmouth's Memory Center.
Bernadette Seifert, MSW, LICSW, is responsible for providing experiential education in geriatric mental health. She assists in developing manuals, training workshops, and supervision of interdisciplinary geriatric mental health interventions. She serves as a training expert on the planning team and planning committee related to evidence-based geriatric mental health services.
- Tim Hesselton, Program Coordinator of the NNEGEC, manages program logistics, data, and communications.
- Lora Wise, MPA, is the Project Manager for the NNEGEC and implements the efforts of the Center.