Washington University’s School of Medicine has a rich, successful history in research, education and patient care. It pioneered bedside teaching and led in the transformation from empirical knowledge into scientific medicine.

From the earliest days, there has been an understanding that investigation and practice are one in spirit, method and object.

Excellence in patient care

We strive to provide care that is interdisciplinary and patient and family-focused.

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Washington University School of Medicine among the top in the country.

State of the art research

The division combines world-class clinical research with a vigorous basic science core composed of established cell and molecular biologists and physiologists.

Faculty members in the division perform clinical and translational research for studies of exercise and hormone replacement in older adults, driving safety, and low calorie diets for older adults with obesity.

Thorough training and practical education

Special opportunities exist for students, residents, pre- and post-doctoral fellows. Faculty members of the Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Science perform cutting edge basic and clinical research in studies of nutrition, metabolism, obesity and aging.

Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)

The Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) at Washington University supports basic science and clinical investigation base upon the regulation of nutrient metabolism and function in health and disease.


The Washington University Geriatric Program has consistently been ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report Hospital Rankings.

Physicians and staff in the Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Science are committed to promoting the independence and well-being of older adults through excellence in clinical care, teaching,and research.

Geriatric Medicine providers are specialty-trained to diagnose and treat a number of conditions related to aging, including

  • Memory loss and dementia
  • Gait and balance problems
  • Falls
  • Nutritional problems
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Polypharmacy

We provide training to resident physicians, medical students, and fellows in the most effective care of the elderly, and that which offers our patients the highest level of clinical care.

Applied physiology

This section within the Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Science conducts research and provides research training in

  • The prevention of physical frailty and functional decline with age
  • The biology of aging
  • The effect of calorie restriction and optimal nutrition on health and longevity

Projects include the study of hormones, nutrition and exercise in older men and women. Resources include an exercise facility and testing equipment.