Heather E. Whitson, MD, MHS Heather E. Whitson, MD, MHS

Heather E. Whitson, MD, MHS

Geriatric Medicine Specialist

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Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below. Before scheduling your appointment, we strongly recommend you contact your insurance company to verify that the Duke Health location or provider you plan to visit is included in your network. Your insurance company will also be able to inform you of any co-payments, co–insurances, or deductibles that will be your responsibility. If you proceed in scheduling an appointment and your health insurance benefits do not participate with Duke, your out of pocket liability may be higher. We will contact you regarding your coverage and patient liability. If you are uninsured, learn more about our financial assistance policy

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ABOUT ME

I am a clinical investigator and geriatrician. I enjoy helping to care for older adults who are admitted to the hospital. I have a special interest in patients with multiple chronic conditions, and who are at greatest risk of delirium and other geriatric syndromes that frequently occur in the hospital.

LANGUAGES I SPEAK
English
Training
EDUCATION
MD, Weill Cornell Medical College (New York), 2000
Master in Health Sciences, Duke University
RESIDENCY
Internal Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, 2003
FELLOWSHIP
Geriatrics, Duke University Medical Center, 2006
BOARD CERTIFICATION
American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine
Clinical Focus and Research
MY RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research focuses on improving health for older adults with multiple chronic conditions. In particular, I have interest and expertise related to the interface between late-life vision loss and cognitive decline. I work with a team of collaborators that includes investigators from the Duke Aging Center, Duke Eye Center, the Duke/UNC-Chapel Hill Brain Imaging and Analysis Center, and the Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Duke. We are pursuing studies to improve our understanding of the potential link between age-related diseases of the eye and brain. We are also working on programs to improve quality of life and independence for people living with co-existing visual and cognitive impairments.

PUBLICATIONS
View Heather Whitson's publications on PubMed
Industry Relationships and Collaborations
This faculty member has no reported relationships with industry.