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Durham VA Medical Center


Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center

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Welcome to the Durham, NC GRECC website! Our mission is to improve the care of older Veterans through integrated research, education and clinical innovation. We have over 32 core and affiliated professionals- nurses, social workers, physicians, pharmacists, exercise physiologists, and PhD scientists- who dedicate themselves to the GRECC mission. We are proud to be a member of the national GRECC program, which includes 20 centers of excellence around the country.

Our research ranges from basic biomedical, clinical, health services and rehabilitation studies in the following areas of concentration: care delivery and transitions in various health care settings; exercise and physical function; infectious diseases and vaccines; medication-related problems; and osteoporosis.

Our educational activities include training programs in geriatrics for multiple health disciplines and the delivery of geriatrics educational products to multiple learners. Our clinical innovations focus on implementing and exploring new ideas in clinical care of older veterans and their caregivers.

All of these activities are enhanced by productive collaborations with researchers and services locally, at VISN 6 medical centers, other GRECCs, our University affiliate, Duke University Medical Center, and other academic centers around the country. Please explore the website for more details on our center.


Kenneth Schmader, MD
Director, GRECC (182)
508 Fulton St.
Durham VA Medical Center
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: 919-286-6823

Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)

The mission of our Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center is to improve the care of older Veterans through integrated research, education and clinical activity. Our clinical activities include an outpatient geriatric evaluation and management clinic and an inpatient geriatric evaluation and management unit.

Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)

GRECC Areas of Study

  • Osteoporosis and Fractures
  • Exercise, physical function/disability, and mobility
  • Long-term care environments
  • End-of-life/palliative care, spirituality
  • Transitions of care
  • Adverse drug events and prescribing appropriateness
  • Herpes zoster vaccine, infectious diseases, immunology, and inflammation

Additional Resources

Contact Info


  • Durham VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 919-286-6932

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm