The Portal of Geriatrics Online Education

POGOe Team

Rosanne M. Leipzig, MD, PhD

POGOe Editor-in-Chief
Vice Chair for Education
Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Rosanne M. Leipzig, MD, PhD, is the Gerald and May Ellen Ritter Professor (tenured) and the Vice Chair for Education of the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. Dr. Leipzig is an internationally recognized leader in Geriatrics and Evidence-Based Medicine, and has received numerous awards for her work including the American College of Physicians Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award, a Joy McCann Scholar award recognizing her expertise in mentoring and medical education, the 2008 Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial award from the American Geriatrics Society, a Brookdale National Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine and, in June 2008, was the honoree for the Friends and Relatives of the Institutionalized Aged (FRIA) gala in New York City.  She is the editor-in-chief of Focus on Healthy Aging, a monthly newsletter for consumers, and chair of the Geriatrics Working Group the United States Preventive Services Task Force.  She recently completed her term on the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Board of Directors, where she served as Chair of the ABIM Subspecialty Board on Geriatric Medicine.


Rainier P. Soriano, MD 

POGOe Executive Content Editor
Co-Director of Curriculum and Director of Educational Technology
Associate Professor & Director of Medical Student Education
Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Rainier P. Soriano, MD, is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of Curriculum at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is also the Director of Educational Technology in the medical school. Dr. Soriano completed his medical school at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Englewood Hospital & Medical Center in Englewood, NJ. He then completed his Geriatrics fellowship at Mount Sinai where he also served as Chief Fellow. Dr. Soriano is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Care. He has also received additional training from the Stanford Faculty Development Program and the Harvard Macy Scholars Program for Educators in the Health Professions.

Additionally, Dr. Soriano is the Director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine. He has received numerous awards for medical student teaching from both the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai faculty and the medical student body including the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, and most recently the 2010 Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award (national finalist) and the designation of Master Clinician-Educator by the Institute of Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine. Dr. Soriano's career interests include medical education, clinical skills, students-as-teachers training and e-learning. He currently serves as the Executive Content Editor for the Portal of Geriatrics Online Education and the Associate Editor for Geriatrics for MedEdPORTAL ( Until recently he was the Course Director of The Art & Science of Medicine for MS2s – the clinical skills course at the Icahn School of Medicine since 2004. He also directs the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program at Mount Sinai and co-directs the fourth-year student elective teaching course, “Becoming A Medical Teacher”, an innovative teaching and leadership course for medical students interested in honing their teaching and leadership skills. His book, “Fundamentals of Geriatric Medicine: A Case-Based Approach” (Springer+Business Media) was published in March 2007 and was a featured review by JAMA and Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Joshua C. Denny, MD, MS

POGOe Technical Advisor
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine
Vanderbilt University

Joshua Denny, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency as a Tinsley Harrison Scholar at Vanderbilt. His interests in medical informatics began while in medical school with the development of a concept-based curriculum database to improve medical education. Other interests include natural language processing, clinical phenomics to support genome-phenome correlation, just-in-time information delivery, and terminology development. Dr. Denny serves on several local committees and remains active in teaching medical students and clinical roles.

Amit Shah, MD

POGOe Web-GEMs Editor-in-Chief
Associate Professor
Distinguished Teaching Professor
Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern

Amit Shah, MD is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine in the Section of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas.  He is very passionate about medical education and the teaching of all medical students to care for our aging population.  At UT Southwestern, he is also the internal medicine clerkship director, a Colleges mentor, and a Distinguished Teaching Professor member of the UT Southwestern Academy of Teachers.  Dr. Shah went to medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and then completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Illinois-Chicago.  He then went to Johns Hopkins University and completed a clinician-educator fellowship in geriatric medicine.  He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Palliative Care.  He has been the co-PI of UT Southwestern’s D.W. Reynolds Foundation grant to advance the training of physicians in geriatrics at UT Southwestern and implemented an innovative curriculum focused on patient safety and patient-centered care for the vulnerable older patient.  Clinically, he leads the UT Southwestern Mildred Wyatt and Ivor P. Wold Houscalls Program and enjoys teaching medical students and residents in the home setting.  He also has an outpatient geriatrics practice and serves as an inpatient attending on the Parkland Memorial Hospital general internal medicine service.  He has been recognized for his clinical care as a “Best Doctor in Dallas” in D Magazine and state-wide in the Texas Monthly “Super Doctors Rising Stars” list.  He has been recognized by trainees with several teaching awards, include being selected three times as a faculty marshall for graduation (one of 6 faculty selected university-wide by the 4th year class).

Carol L. Howe, MD, MLS

POGOe Content Editor
Information Services Librarian
Arizona Health Sciences Library
Physician Informationist
University of Arizona

Carol L. Howe, MD, MLS, is a geriatrician and medical librarian currently working at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She is the liaison to the College of Medicine where she is responsible for educating medical students, trainees, and faculty in timely and efficient searching of the medical literature and bibliographic management. She also serves as physician informationist for the section of Geriatrics and Gerontology in the Department of Medicine, and is editor of the Arizona Geriatrics Society Journal.

Prior to receiving her master’s degree in information resources and library science from the University of Arizona, Dr. Howe practiced medicine as a family physician and geriatrician in a variety of settings including a National Health Service clinic in Eastport, ME; the Tuba City Indian Medical Center on the Navajo Reservation in Tuba City, AZ; a free-standing emergency room in Marlborough, CT; Native Americans for Community Action Clinic in Flagstaff, AZ; the Tubac Regional Health Clinic in Tubac, AZ; medical director for La Posada Health Care, and associate director for Carondelet Hospice in Green Valley, AZ; and private practice at the Northwest Center for Geriatrics in Tucson, AZ. She received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University in Religious Studies, her MD from Albany Medical College, did her family medicine residency at Middlesex Memorial Hospital in Connecticu,t and her geriatrics fellowship at the University of Arizona.

Ravishankar Ramaswamy, MD, MS

POGOe Content Editor
Assistant Professor
Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Ravi Ramaswamy, MD, MS, received his medical degree from B.J. Medical College, India, and a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He completed his Family Medicine residency at Underwood-Memorial Hospital and a Geriatrics fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He received the 2010 H. Winter Griffith practice improvement award for his work in Diabetes group medical visits from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. His current interests include interprofessional and patient education, quality improvement and evidence-based medicine. As an Assistant Professor in the department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, he teaches medical students, residents and fellows, is a ambulatory provider in the Coffey Geriatrics Associates at the Martha Stewart Center for Living, and serves the Associate Director of the Geriatrics fellowship program.

Karen Sauvigné, MA

Deputy Director, Education Division
Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Karen Sauvigné is Deputy Director of the Education Division in the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is a co-author of papers on geriatric competencies for medical trainees, including  Keeping Granny Safe: A Consensus on Minimum Geriatrics Competencies for Graduating Medical Students[1], and serves on the AMA Care of the Aging Initiative Advisory Committee, the Board Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, and the graduate faculty of Baruch College, CUNY, where she teaches Leadership and Strategic Management in the School of Public Affairs.

She oversees Mount Sinai’s geriatrics and palliative care educational and training programs for medical students, residents, fellows, practicing physicians and interprofessional teams.  She manages the Portal of Geriatric Online Education (, the ADGAP Geriatrics Education Coordinating Center, the Reynolds Consortium for Faculty Development to Advance Geriatric Education (FD~AGE), the Master Clinician-Educator Program, the Mini-Fellowships for Non-Geriatricians, the Department’s Geriatric Academic Center of Excellence, and Continuing Medical Education programs.


[1]Leipzig, RM, Granville L, Simpson D, Anderson MB, Sauvigné, K,  Soriano, RP. Keeping Granny Safe on July 1: A Consensus on Minimum Geriatrics Competencies for Graduating Medical Students. Acad Med 2009;84:604–610.

Peter Speltz

Lead POGOe Programmer
Health Systems Analyst
Vanderbilt University


Peter graduated from MTSU with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2004, and has been developing websites and software ever since. He also works on KnowledgeMap — a learning management system and search engine developed at Vanderbilt Medical School, which is used "behind the scenes" in POGOe.

Craig Usiak

Content Manager
Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Craig graduated from Loyola University in Maryland with a Bachelor in Business Administration degree and has experience working in both healthcare settings and for online and print publishers. In his position at POGOe, he oversees all aspects of the site’s digital content collection, new feature design and implementation, the programming associated with these items, and the content management system.