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Dr. Sharon Brangman to deliver the Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture at #AGS22, focusing on diversity in study populations and community engagement

Grant and Award Announcement

American Geriatrics Society

New York (April 7, 2022)—The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) celebrates Sharon A. Brangman, MD, FACP, AGSF as recipient of the 2022 Edward Henderson Award for her research and clinical achievements in geriatrics, particularly for her work in Alzheimer’s disease, hospice and palliative medicine, depression, and end of life care. She will deliver the Society’s Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture at the AGS 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS22) in Orlando on May 12-14 (pre-conference day May 11). 

Dr. Brangman is a Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Department of Geriatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, and Director of the Upstate Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease (CEAD).  

“Dr. Brangman has long been a prominent AGS leader. Currently, she is most focused on working toward a future of healthcare that is free of discrimination and bias,” noted AGS President Peter Hollmann, MD, AGSF. “She has helped us understand how destructive structural racism and ageism are, particularly within a health context, and through AGS, she works toward creating strategies our membership can use to counter these biases on behalf of older adults,” he adds. 

“I am honored to deliver the Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture,” said Dr. Brangman. “My presentation will focus on the importance of including older adults who have historically been excluded or even exploited in medical research,” she noted. “I’m also excited about having the opportunity to share a model of community engagement that employs a community research liaison and a research accelerator to increase diversity aging in research.” 

Like the geriatrician for whom her award is named, Dr. Brangman has selflessly shared her talent and energy with the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). She was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Geriatrics Society for ten years and completed terms as Society President and Board Chair. She is also a past President of the Association of Directors of Geriatrics Academic Programs (ADGAP). Dr. Brangman currently serves as a member of the board of the Health in Aging Foundation. 

Dr. Brangman received her undergraduate degree in biology from Syracuse University and in 1981 received her medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. She completed residency training in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, where she also completed fellowship training in geriatric medicine. Dr. Brangman is board-certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine as well as hospice and palliative care. 

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About the American Geriatrics Society
Founded in 1942, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics healthcare professionals that has—for more than 75 years—worked to improve the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. Its nearly 6,000 members include geriatricians, geriatric nurses, social workers, family practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and internists. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy. For more information, visit

About the Edward Henderson Award and the Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture
The late Edward Henderson, MD, was a renowned geriatrics researcher and physician and an instrumental leader for the AGS. The Edward Henderson Award is conferred upon a distinguished clinician, educator, or researcher who also delivers the Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture on a topic related to the body of his or her work at the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting.

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 2,500 nurses, pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, social workers, long-term care and managed care providers, healthcare administrators, and others will convene virtually May 13-15, 2021 (pre-conference program on May 12), to advance geriatrics knowledge and skills through state-of-the-art educational sessions and research presentations. The Edward Henderson Award is one of several 2020/2021 awards honors that will be conferred by the AGS at this year’s annual meeting. Award recipients in 2020 – who will be celebrated this year, due to the cancellation of #AGS20—and in 2021 include more than 30 healthcare leaders representing the depth and breadth of disciplines championing care for older adults. For more information, visit

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