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2025 Geriatric Medication Safety Symposium TBA

In-person & Virtual Format

Awards for Best Poster and Podium Presentations

Plenary Sessions & Workshops by Leading Researchers & Practitioners

Continuing Education Credits

Who Should Attend

The target audience includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, students, residents, researchers, and others in Texas and the nation.

2024 Symposium Workshop & Plenary Sessions


chui photo Michelle A. Chui, Pharm.D., Ph.D., FAPhA

Hammel-Sanders Distinguished Professor, Social & Administrative Sciences Division, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy, and Director, Sonderegger Research Center for Improved Medication Outcomes

Plenary Session: "Health IT Tools & Implementation to Improve Geriatric Medication Safety"

Workshop: "Implementation Science to Improve Medication Safety"

kuo photo Yong-Fang Kuo, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics & Data Science, The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health)

Plenary Session: "Medication prescribing by nurse practitioners"

mcneil photo Timothy P. McNeill, R.N., MPH

Chief Executive, Freedmen’s Health

Plenary Session: "Deploying interventions to address health-related social needs (HRSNs) to improve medication adherence during transitions of care"

mixon photo Amanda S. Mixon, M.D., M.S., MSPH

Associate Professor of Medicine and Bioinformatics, Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Plenary Session: "Lessons Learned from Multi-site Medications Reconciliation Studies"

sadowsky photo June Sadowsky, DDS, MPH

Professor and Dentist Geriatrician, Department of General Practice and Dental Public Health, UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry

Workshop: "Dentistry: Transitions in the Care of Elderly"

Cost for 2-day Event:

$100 for Professionals/Non-students, residents and fellows

$50 for students, residents and fellows


The Symposium will be held at the Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center, 7440 Cambridge St, Houston, TX 77054.

Parking in Research Park Complex (RPC) Lot, 1940 East Rd, Houston, TX 77054, will be validated for in-person attendees for both days of the symposium.

View/Download Parking & Building Entry Guide PDF

About the Symposium

Medication-related morbidity and mortality are a significant health concern in older adults, who are highly susceptible to medication-related problems. Safe medication use practices require coordinated efforts by providers and patients in the medication use process. Medication-related problems range from prescribing of high-risk medications to misuse of medications by older adults.

The Geriatric Medication Safety Symposium builds upon a successful collaboration between the University of Houston College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy (PHOP) and the UTHealth McGovern Medical School in establishing and hosting the Houston Medication Safety Symposium in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

The areas of focus for the Geriatric Medication Safety Symposium include:

  • Medication safety in long-term care
  • Off-label drug use during the pandemic
  • Drug burden/safer opioid use
  • Adverse drug events/significant drug interactions
  • Drug safety during transitions of care
  • Medication safety in inpatient care


The Geriatric Medication Safety Symposium is supported by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health under award number 1R13AG071364.


Rajender R. Aparasu, Ph.D., FAPhA (PI)
Mustafa & Sanober Lokhandwala Endowed Professor and Chair,
Department of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy,
University of Houston College of Pharmacy

Holly M. Holmes, M.D., M.S., AGSF (Co-PI)
Professor and Director,
Joan and Stanford Alexander Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine,
McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston

Planning Committee

The organizers extend their appreciation for the work by the 2024 GMSS Planning Committee:

Jacques Baillargeon, Ph.D.
Professor of Epidemiology and Vice Chair for Education, Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health, The University of Texas Medical Branch

Sally Davis, R.N., MSN
Connections Director, Amazing Place

Vaunette P. Fay, Ph.D., RNC, FNP, GNP
Director, Continuing Education, and Professor of Nursing – Clinical, Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston

LaDawna Goering, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, BC-ADM
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing and Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track Coordinator, Department of Graduate Studies, UTHealth Cizik School of Nursing

Paula D. Johnson, MPH, PMP
Bureau Chief, Harris County Area Agency on Aging

Jack Joseph, D.D.S.
Clinical Associate Professor, UTHealth School of Dentistry

Amy Kelleh, Pharm.D., BCGP, CDCES
Integrated Clinic Pharmacist, Centerwell Senior Primary Care

Min Ji Kwak, M.D., M.S., DrPH
Assistant Professor, Joan and Stanford Alexander Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, McGovern Medical School, UTHealth Houston

Allison Ownby, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Faculty and Educational Development, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston

Tyler J. Varisco, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy, and Assistant Director, The PREMIER Center, University of Houston College of Pharmacy