poolside chairs and umbrellas overlooking the ocean at the Gasparilla Inn Beach Club

Living the Best Years: A Comprehensive Approach via Geriatric Medicine

The Boca Grande Health Clinic Foundation and Healthnetwork Foundation hosted a Grande Rounds lecture at the Gasparilla Inn Beach Club on Feb. 6, 2024, featuring Johns Hopkins Medicine geriatrician Cynthia Boyd, M.D. M.P.H.

About Cynthia Boyd, M.D., M.P.H

Dr. Boyd, MD MPH, is a Mason F. Lord Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, with joint appointments in Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University. She is a practicing primary care physician and geriatrician at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, and is a clinical researcher who has devoted her career to improving the health and health care of older adults with multiple chronic conditions, including dementia. Her research has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and private foundations. Her research has focused on improving guidelines, health and health care for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and dementia and their loved ones, through both observational and interventional research.

Dr. Boyd is currently co-leading and leading efforts to study the balance of benefits and harms of medications for this important population, including evaluating the role of “deprescribing” medicines that are harmful or not beneficial in order to improve the well-being of older adults. Together with Dr. Michael Steinman, from UCSF, she is co-leading the NIA-funded U.S. Deprescribing Research Network. Dr. Boyd is also funded by the National Institute on Aging for a mentoring platform for researchers focused on aging, and together with Dr. Jennifer Wolff, co-leads the NIA-Funded Health Services and Outcomes Research For Aging Populations T32 program which supports predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees. Dr. Boyd is working closely with Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center on an campus wide Age-Friendly Collaborative to improve care and outcomes for older adults.