News Release

Joyce Fogel, MD honored as AGS Clinician of the Year

Grant and Award Announcement

American Geriatrics Society

New York (April 9, 2024) — The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today announced Joyce Fogel, MD, as 2024 Clinician of the Year. Dr. Fogel, Clinical Professor of the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Senior Director of Education for Geriatrics at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, will be honored at the 2024 AGS Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS24) happening May 9 – 11 (pre-conference days: Tuesday & Wednesday, May 7-8.)

"Our 2024 Clinician of the Year, Dr. Joyce Fogel, stands as an exemplary figure in geriatrics, demonstrating unparalleled dedication to the well-being of older adults," said AGS President Donna Fick PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, AGSF, FGSA, FAAN, "As an outstanding clinician, educator, and leader, Dr. Fogel's career has been a beacon of the transformative impact of holistic, person-centered care. Her enduring commitment to improving healthcare outcomes and fostering community well-being makes her a true star in the field of geriatrics."

A dedicated clinician and community advocate, Dr. Fogel has made significant strides in enhancing the well-being of older adults through her impactful community initiatives. Notably, she spearheaded the development of the "Memory Matters" program, funded by UJA Federation, which successfully operated in two Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs). With an annual participation of over 400 older adults, the program focused on early identification and education about risk factors and comorbidities impacting cognitive impairment. Additionally, she played a pivotal role in establishing the "Dementia friendly NORC" at Penn South Program for Seniors, which was also supported by UJA Federation.

Dr. Fogel has collaborated with diverse groups, including the NYC Department of the Aging, the Wechsler Center for Modern Aging at the Jewish Community Center of the Upper Westside, University Settlement on the Lower Eastside and 6 other NORCs under JASA (Jewish Association Serving Aging). Her culturally and educationally tailored programs, such as the multilingual Ask the Dr. Program, exemplify her commitment to inclusivity. Dr. Fogel's community outreach extends to educating and empowering older adults, advocating for their healthcare needs, and collaborating with fellow professionals. As a senior clinician, she serves as a mentor to her younger colleagues, emphasizing personal growth and career development. Dr. Fogel's holistic approach to community care showcases her dedication to improving the lives of older adults and her enduring impact on healthcare practices.

Dr. Fogel received her undergraduate degree from the Sophie Davis School for Biomedical Education at City College of the City University of New York and her MD from SUNY Downstate. She completed residency in internal medicine at SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn/Kings County Hospital Center before her geriatric medicine fellowship at New York University School of Medicine/Bellevue Hospital Center.

An AGS member since 1987, Dr. Fogel is also a Fellow of the Society and has served as a mentor, abstract reviewer, and a Presidential Poster Session Judge during the Annual Meeting. AGS is delighted to honor her with the Clinician of the Year Award in recognition of how she has brought her numerous talents and skills to bear during an exceptional clinical career with a focus on ensuring that we all have access to person-centered, high quality medical care as we age.


About the American Geriatrics Society
Founded in 1942, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. Our 6,000+ members include geriatricians, geriatrics nurse practitioners, social workers, family practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and internists who are pioneers in advanced illness care for older individuals, with a focus on championing interprofessional teams, eliciting personal care goals, and treating older people as whole persons. AGS believes in a just society, one where we all are supported by and able to contribute to communities where ageism, ableism, classism, homophobia, racism, sexism, xenophobia, and other forms of bias and discrimination no longer impact healthcare access, quality, and outcomes for older adults and their caregivers. AGS advocates for policies and programs that support the health, independence, and quality of life of all of us as we age. AGS works across patient careresearchprofessional and public education, and public policy to improve the health, independence, and quality of life of all older people. For more information, visit

About the Health in Aging Foundation
The Health in Aging Foundation is a national non-profit established in 1999 by the American Geriatrics Society to bring the knowledge and expertise of geriatrics healthcare professionals to the public. We are committed to ensuring that people are empowered to advocate for high-quality care by providing them with trustworthy information and reliable resources. Last year, we reached nearly one million people with our resources through We also help nurture current and future geriatrics leaders by supporting opportunities to attend educational events and increase exposure to principles of excellence on caring for older adults. For more information or to support the Foundation's work, visit

About the Clinician of the Year Award
Since 1993, the Clinician of the Year Award has recognized the great contributions of practitioners to delivering quality healthcare for older people and showcases the importance of the geriatrics clinician in our healthcare system. Through these clinicians' efforts, scientific advances are integrated into the practice of geriatrics, resulting in improved well-being and quality-of-life for older people.

About the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting
The AGS Annual Scientific Meeting is the premier educational event in geriatrics, providing the latest information on clinical care, research on aging, and innovative models of care delivery. More than 2,600 nurses, pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, social workers, long-term care and managed care providers, healthcare administrators, and others will convene virtually, May 9 – 11 (pre-conference days: Tuesday & Wednesday, May 7-8) to advance geriatrics knowledge and skills through state-of-the-art educational sessions and research presentations. For more information, visit

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