Lena Makaroun, MD - Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
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Lena Makaroun, MD

CHERP COIN Investigator

Staff Physician, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Dr. Makaroun's research focuses on social determinants of aging health and elder abuse. Specifically, her current work aims to broaden our understanding of multi-faceted contributors to elder abuse risk and susceptibility in order to improve elder abuse detection in the health care setting. Her goal is to develop evidence-based interventions to address elder abuse and improve quality of life for this vulnerable population.

Dr. Makaroun completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, MD at Weill Cornell Medical College, and MS in Health Services at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Following her residency and fellowship, she served as a Staff Physician in Geriatrics and Extended Care at VA Puget Sound Medical Center and was awarded a VA Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research. Dr. Makaroun completed her research fellowship at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and was recruited to join the VA medical staff at VAPHS and the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

At the 2019 annual conference of the American Geriatrics Society, Dr. Makaroun was awarded the Presidential Poster Award for "Intimate Partner Violence in Middle-Aged and Older Women: Prevalence and Associated Health Conditions."

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