Division of Geriatrics In the Department of Medicine


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Welcome to the Division of Geriatrics

US News Top Docs Award 2015The UC San Diego Division of Geriatrics is dedicated to promoting healthy aging through patient care, medical education, and research. As your body ages, your health care needs change. It's important to work with a physician who has special training in keeping older adults healthy. However, Geriatric medicine is not just for the frail and elderly. In fact, our doctors specialize in helping active "young seniors" transition gracefully into their 60s and keeping you healthy throughout your senior years.

Support Our Work



The Division of Geriatrics has been awarded Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program funds through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through not one, but two awards! These awards will provide much-needed funds to increase the number of health providers with training in geriatrics.

Dr. Victor Legner

We are pleased to announce that Victor Legner, MD, MS has been appointed as the divisions' Fellowship Director.


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Ali Mirza, MD recently joined the UC San Diego Health System's Medicine for Seniors Clinic in La Jolla, and is accepting new patients.




  • Dr. Diane L. ChauCongratulations to Dr. Diane Chau, PI on The San Diego Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program Collaborative, which will create an interprofessional “Geriatrics Scholars” training program focused on providing specialized geriatrics care to medically underserved populations in partnership with San Ysidro Health Center, PACE, and the VA San Diego Healthcare System.
  • Dr. Victor Legner Congratulations to Dr. Victor Legner and Dr. Daniel Sewell, who are co-PI's on the San Diego/Imperial Geriatric Education Center  awarded to San Diego State University's Scool of Nursing, School of Social Work, and Graduate School of Photo Not AvailablePublic Health, along with San Diego County Aging & Independence Services, UCSD Geriatrics,and five community partners with a focus on Alzheimer's and related dementias (ADRD) and the chronic conditions that impact memory loss.


Fellowship Program

The goal of the UC San Diego Geriatrics Fellowship program is to develop geriatricians who desire to work in an academic environment and become leaders in the field of geriatrics. This ACGME-accredited training program is one year in length and primarily designed to meet the clinical requirements for the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatrics from the American Board of Internal Medicine or American Board of Family Medicine.

Interested Applicants

2015-2016 Fellows


Dr. Veronica Gonzalez

Residency: Scripps Family Medicine Residency Chula Vista

Medical Degree: Albany Medical College

Dr. Ian Neel

Residency: UC San Diego Internal Medicine

Medical Degree: UC San Diego

Dr. Ashkan Vafadaran

Residency: Medstar Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Medical Degree: Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Iran, Islamic Republic of

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