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Meet Our Healthy Aging Experts

Noon - What are Geriatric Syndromes?

Pam Mahoney, CFNP, Nurse Practitioner, Center for Successful Aging
Pamela Mahoney, CFNP, is a certified family nurse practitioner and certified diabetes educator. She earned her Master’s degree in Nursing at the University of Maryland. In collaboration with the physicians at the Center for Successful Aging, she treats patients with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and kidney disease and helps develop a unique plan of care for each patient.

4 p.m. - When You Need Inpatient Rehabilitation

Scott Lepre, MD, Chair, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Dr. Lepre is the director of Rehabilitation Medicine at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital and chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and associate medical director of Regional Physiatry at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. He specializes in caring for inpatients in the CIIRP (Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilation Program) and performs inpatient hospital consultations and outpatient evaluations. His areas of expertise include cardiac rehabilitation, orthopaedic rehabilitation, and stroke rehabilitation.

5 p.m. - When to See a Geriatrician

Orion Courtin, MD, Geriatrician, Center for Successful Aging
S. Orion Courtin, MD, MHS is a physician who specializes in the care of older people (geriatrician) at the Center for Successful Aging at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. Dr. Courtin completed his residency training in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Johns Hopkins. He has been a proud Baltimorean since 2004, having completed a degree in public health at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and his medical education at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He worked for Maryland’s Medicaid program as a policy analyst and assisted in the development of the Money Follows the Person Program, a program to help adults living in nursing facilities transition back to their homes in the community. Today, Dr. Courtin remains passionate about helping his patients age in their homes despite medical illnesses and disability.

6 p.m. - Dementia

George Hennawi, MD, FACP, Chief of Geriatrics/Director of the Center for Successful Aging
George Hennawi, MD is the Director of the department of Geriatrics at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.  Dr. Hennawi completed his residency at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in 2002 and then returned to work there from 2007 to 2012. In 2013, Dr. Hennawi was named a “Top Doc” in Baltimore Magazine for Geriatric Medicine.  Dr. Hennawi has always had a passion and commitment for caring for the aging.  He developed a unique model of care which he built into the Center for Successful Aging at MedStar Good Samaritan.  The Center is a place where patients receive comprehensive care and all age-related issues can be addressed from medical conditions to balance and gait to social needs. His goal in caring for the patients is to improve their quality of life and empower patients to become an integral part of the direction and decision-making regarding their care.