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Research in Division of Geriatric Medicine & Palliative Care


The mission of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care is to optimize the health and quality of life of older persons and those with serious illness by partnering with patients, families and communities.


All older persons and those with serious illness will achieve maximal health and quality of life.


  1. End-of-life decision making
  2. Advance care planning
  3. Geriatric medicine and chronic care management



Chapman AE, Swartz K, Schoppe J, Arenson C. Development of a comprehensive multidisciplinary geriatric oncology center, the Thomas Jefferson University Experience. J Geriatr Oncol. 2014 Apr;5(2):164-70.

Close JD, Swartz K, Deu R. Hip fracture in older patients: tips and tools to speed recovery. J Fam Pract. 2013 Sep;62(9):484-92.

Gersh S, Worster B, Moyer D. A Textbook for Today’s Chief Medical Resident 21st Edition. Alexandria, VA: APDIM Publications. c2013. Ch. 6: The Challenges of Medical Professionalism in the Digital Age; p. 25-30.

Farnan JM, Snyder Sulmasy L, Worster BK, Chaudhry HJ, Rhyne JA, Arora VM; American College of Physicians Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee; American College of Physicians Council of Associates; Federation of State Medical Boards Special Committee on Ethics and Professionalism. Online medical professionalism: patient and public relationships: policy statement from the American College of Physicians and the Federation of State Medical Boards. Ann Intern Med. 2013 Apr 16;158(8):620-7.

Parks S, Swartz K, Wagner, B. Oncology in Primary Care. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkens. c2013. Ch.34: Communication with Patients with Cancer; p. 197-210.

Morris GJ, Swartz K, Chapman AE, Lichtman SM, Levitz JS, Ravandi F, Chan KR. Senior adult oncology: three cases of advanced cancer in patients of advanced age. Semin Oncol. 2012 Oct;39(5):e23-35.

Collins LG, Swartz K. Caregiver care. Am Fam Physician. 2011 Jun 1;83(11):1309-17.


Chapman AE, Swartz K, Schoppe J, Arenson C. Development of a Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Geriatric Oncology Center, the Thomas Jefferson University Experience. International Society of Geriatric Oncology, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 2013.  

Worster B, Strand J, Lepp A. Palliative Care “Bucket List”—Skills Learned From Difficult Cases. American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Assembly, New Orleans, LA, March 2013.

Worster B. A Tale of Two Realities - How Memory Loss Affects End of Life Care for a Patient, Their Family, and Their Care Team. Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Assembly, Denver, Colorado, March 2012.

Worster B. Digital Professionalism in Medical Education. American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Meeting, San Diego, California, April 2011.