Mindy Fain, MD

Anne & Alden Hart Professor of Medicine
Chief, Section of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine, Department of Medicine
Co-Director, Arizona Center on Aging
Co-Director, Arizona Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program

Dr. Fain serves as the attending physician in the Internal Medicine Resident clinics. She works with patients under the residents' care.

  • President, American Academy of Homecare Medicine (2015-2017)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, HRSA funded Arizona Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program
Education: 
  • AB Biology: New York University, Washington Square College of Arts and Sciences, New York City, NY 1973 
  • MD: New York University School of Medicine, New York City, NY 1977
  • Residency: First, Second, Third Year Resident in Medicine, University Hospital of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio 1977 - 1980
  • Fellowship: Fellow, Infectious Disease, University Hospital of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio 1980 - 1981
  • Clinical Specialties: Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
  • Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Honors and Awards: 
  1. 1973 Phi Beta Kappa
  2. 1977 Alpha Omega Alpha (Medical Honor Society)
  3. 1977 Women’s American Medical Association Citation
  4. 2000 Citation for Demonstrated Excellence in End of Life Care, National Coalition of Health Care and Institute of Healthcare Improvement. Home Based Primary Care Program, Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
  5. 2000 Excellence in End of Life Care, Breakthrough Series Collaborative on Improving Care for Patients with Advanced CHF and COPD. Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Center to Improve Care for the Dying and Department of Veterans Affairs Home Based Primary Care Program, Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
  6. 2000 Geriatrician of the Year, Arizona Geriatrics Society
  7. 2002 Under Secretary for Health Award, Clinical Programs of Excellence in Home-based Primary Care
  8. 2003 Local Legend, Arizona American Medical Women’s Association
  9. 2004 Certificate of Honor 2003-2004, University of Arizona, for Outstanding Achievements that bring prestige and recognition to the University of Arizona
  10. 2006  Dean’s List for Excellence in Teaching in the Clinical Sciences
Publications: 

Fain M., Section Editor, Geriatric Medicine. In: Clinical Medicine, 2nd Edition, Greene H. et al, eds. C.V. Mosby, 1996

Publications: Chapters In Scholarly Books And Monographs

  1. Fain M. Caring for the Elderly at Home. In: Clinical Medicine, In Greene, H. et al, (Eds.) 2nd Ed. C.V. Mosby, 1996.
  2. Fain, M. Geriatric Medicine. In Greene, H. et. al. (Eds.) Geriatric Medicine. 2nd Ed. C. V. Mosby, 1996.
  3. Kaufman L., Fain M., Bowman K.: Hospice Care. In: Greene, H., et al, (Eds.) Clinical Medicine, 2nd Edition, C.V. Mosby, 1996.
  4. Fain M.: Visiting Nurse Programs, Sub-Acute Care and Home Health Care:  The Expanding Paradigm. In: Becker R., and Alpert J. (Eds.) Cardiovascular Medicine: Practice and Management, 2001.
  5. Ahmed N, Scott R, Fain, M. (In Press). Community Based Long Term Care. In Reichel (Ed.) Care of the Elderly 6th Ed., 2008.

Publications: Referred Journal Articles

  1. Spagnuolo P, Fain M, Bass S, Dissociation of necrophilia aggregation, adhesiveness, and Fc receptor activity.  Amer. J. Hematology 26:221-228, 1987.
  2. Fain M, Should older drivers have to prove that they are able to drive? Controversies in Internal Medicine. Archives Int. Med 163:2126-2132, 2003.
  3. Fain M, The elderly surgical patient and postoperative delirium. Journal of the American College of Surgeons Ms. No. 2006-709R1, 2006.
  4. Budhiraja B, Van Wyck D, Fain M. Chronic kidney disease in the elderly. Journal of the Arizona Geriatrics Society11(1): 15-17, 2007.
  5. Demeure M, Fain M, The elderly surgical patient and postoperative delirium. Journal of the American College of Surgeons 203(5): 752-757, 2006.
  6. Ahmed N, Mandel R, Fain M, (2007). Frailty: An emerging geriatric syndrome. American Journal of Medicine, 120, 748-753.
  7. Do, R. Q., Habibzadeh, M. R., Fain, M. J., & Goldman, S. (2007). Patterns of Anticoagulation and Management of Atrial Fibrillation By Primary Care Providers in A Geriatric Population.: 27. Journal of Investigative Medicine, 55(1), S80.
  8. Habibzadeh, M., Do, RQ, Fain MJ, VanWyck, D, Goldman, S. (2007). Anticoagulation patterns among primary care providers in a geriatrics population with atrial fibrillation. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 55(4), S106.
  9. Phan H, Alpert J, Fain M. Frailty, Inflammation, and Cardiovascular Disease: Evidence of a Connection. The American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology 17(2):101-107, 2007.
  10. Martin C, Fain M, Klotz S. The Older HIV-Positive Adult: A Critical Review of the Literature. American Journal of Medicine, 121:1032-1037, 2008.
  11. Weiss B, Fain M. Geriatric education for the physicians of tomorrow. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 49:S17-S20, 2009
  12. Mohler MJ, D’Huyvetter K, Tomasa L, O’Neill L, Fain M. Healthy Aging Rounds: Using Healthy-Aging Mentors to Teach Medical Students About Physical Activity and Social Support Assessment, Interviewing, and Prescription. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58:2407-2411, 2010
  13. Mohler MJ, Wendel CS, Mosier J, Itty A, Fain M, Clark L, Bobrow B, Sanders AB. Cardiocerebral Resuscitation Improves Out-of-Hospital Survival in Older Adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 59: 822-826, 2011
  14. Weiss,B, Mohler MJ, Fain MJ. Geriatrics in Taiwan: What is the solution?  Journal of Clinical Gerontology & Geriatrics, 2:93-95, 2011
  15. Mohler MJ, D’Huyvetter K, Howe C, O’Neill L, Roche V, Rubin C, Shah A and Fain M. making Geriatric education Relevant to All Medical Students: The Aging for Specialists Conference. The Arizona Geriatrics Society Journal; Vol 17, no. 1. June 2012.
  16. Weiss BD, Mohler MJ, Fain MJ. Geriatrics in Taiwan: What is the solution? Journal of Clinical Gerontology & Geriatrics2,2012;93–95.

Invited Review

  1. 2003 - 2004 Reviewer, Archives of Internal Medicine
  2. 2003 - 2004 Reviewer, Journal of American Geriatrics Society
  3. 2005 - Present Reviewer, American Journal of Medicine

Abstracts

  1. 2004 Mohler MJ, Johnes WN, Fain MJ, Campion, J, Wilhite,RL. Prescribing in Elderly Southwestern Veterans in VA Care.  American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting
  2. 2005 Budhiraja P, Fain M, VanWyck D. Adequacy of Identification, Evaluation and Management of Chronic Kidney Disease by Primary Care Providers in Geriatric Population.  American College of Physicians, Arizona Chapter Annual Meeting
  3. 2005 Budhiraja P, VanWyck D, Fain M. Chronic Kidney Disease Among Elderly Patients: Are Clinical Practice Guidelines Implemented?American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting
  4. Habibzadeh M, Do R, Fain M, VanWyck D, Goldman S. Anticoagulation patterns among primary care providers in a geriatrics population with atrial fibrillation. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 55(4), S106, 2007.
  5. Fain MJ, Mohler MJ, Lee JK.  Home-Based Primary Care - Over 25 Year of Interprofessional Training Experience.  Interprofessional Collaboration: From Concept to Preparation to Practice. Collaborating Across Borders III  November 2011
  6. Mohler MJ, D’Huyvetter K, O’Neill L, Morrison A, Lee JK, Kennedy T, Keller C, Weiss BD, Howe C, Fain MJ.   How the Arizona Geriatric Education Center went Interprofessional: the framework, Strategies and Challenges.  Interprofessional Collaboration: From Concept to Preparation to Practice. Collaborating Across Borders III  November 2011

Scholarly Presentations/Invited Speaker

  1. AIDS, Long Term Care and Home Health Agencies, APIC Conference, Tucson, Arizona, 1990.
  2. How to Do Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments, Geriatric Update and Certification Review Course, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 1992.
  3. Clinical Profile of Infections in Long Term Care, APIC Conference, Tucson, Arizona, 1993.
  4. Infections in the Elderly, VA Hospital CME Conference, Grand Junction, Colorado, 1994.
  5. The Older Driver, Clinical Medicine Conference, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 1995.
  6. Symptom Management at the End of Life, Sixth Biennial Geriatric Medicine Update and Board Certification Review Course, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 1998.
  7. Improving Care for Patients with Advanced CHF and COPD, Breakthrough Series Collaborative, Atlanta, Georgia, 1999.
  8. Improving Care for Patients with Advanced CHF and COPD, Veterans Administration National Leadership Conference Pain Management and End of Life Care, Washington, DC, 1999.
  9. Pain Management, Medicine Clinical Conference, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 1999.
  10. Deconditioning in the Elderly, Clinical Correlation with Pathology Course, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 1999.
  11. Symptom Management at the End of Life, Clinical Correlation with Pathology Course, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 1999.
  12. Growing Old: Quarter in Autumn. Humanities in Medicine Course, University of Arizona. 1999.
  13. Hazards of Hospitalization for the Elderly, Preparation for Clinical Medicine Course, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 1999.
  14. Care of the Geriatric Patient, Preparation for Clinical Medicine Course, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2000.
  15. Managing Heart Failure in the Home, National HBPC/CHNC Conference: “ Building the Future,” Nashville, Tennessee, 2000.
  16. Effective Symptom Management for Advanced Heart Failure. National VA Satellite Broadcast: Excellence in Home Care Employee Education System, St. Louis, Missouri, 2000.
  17. Driving and the Elderly, Continuing Medical Education, Department of Medicine Grand Rounds Weekly Conference, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2000.
  18. Death by Bedrest: The perils of Hospitalization, Continuing Medical Education, Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, Weekly Conference, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2001.
  19. Making Continuity a Priority: Creative Use of Home Care, and Bringing CHF and COPD Management in the Home. Breakout Sessions, “Improvement and Innovation in End of Life Care,” Institute for Healthcare Improvement National Congress Breakthrough Series, Washington, DC, 2001.
  20. Approach to the Elderly Patient, Clinical Correlations with Geriatrics, Preparation in Clinical Medicine Course, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2001.
  21. Hazards of Hospitalization in the Elderly, Clinical Correlations with Geriatrics, Preparation in Clinical Medicine Course, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2001.
  22. Life’s Journey: The Later Years, Sixth Annual Healing Arts Conference: Medicine, Ethics, and Humanities, Continuing Medical Education, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2001.
  23. Deconditioning in the Elderly, Preparation in Clinical Medicine Course, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2001.
  24. Incontinence, Preparation in Clinical Medicine Course, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2001.
  25. Home-based Management of Advanced Heart Failure, Grand Rounds, Sun Health, Phoenix, Arizona, 2001.
  26. Home Management of Heart Failure, Management Conference, Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, Tucson, Arizona, 2001.
  27. The Elder Driver, Management Conference, Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, Tucson, Arizona, 2001.
  28. Improving Palliative Care in Advanced Heart and Lung Disease, Center to Advance Palliative Care National Conference, Chicago, Illinois, 2001.
  29. Building a Geriatrics Program of Excellence, 22nd Annual Administrators in Internal Medicine Educational Conference, Tucson, Arizona, 2001.
  30. The Elder Driver: Demographics and Medical Concerns, 13th Annual Arizona Geriatrics Society Pre-Conference Series, Tempe, Arizona, 2001.
  31. Care of the Older Patient, Clinical Correlations with Geriatrics, Preparation in Clinical Medicine Course, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2002.
  32. Hazards of Hospitalization in the Elderly, Clinical Correlations with Geriatrics, Preparation in Clinical Medicine Course, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2002.
  33. Geriatric Educational Programs, Novartis Pharmaceutical Regional Training and Workshops, Tucson, Arizona. March, June, and November, 2002.
  34. Death by Bedrest: The Hazards of Hospitalization for the Elderly, Geriatric Grand Rounds, Arizona Geriatric Education Center, University of Arizona, 2003.
  35. Care of the Older Patient, Clinical Correlations with Geriatrics, Preparation in Clinical Medicine Course, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2003.
  36. Death by Bedrest: The Hazards of Hospitalization for the Elderly, Preparation in Clinical Medicine Course, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2003.
  37. Geriatric Update: Fresh Thoughts for Some Old Problems, Continuing Medical Education, Department of Medicine Weekly Conference, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2003.
  38. Dementia, Continuing Medical Education, Department of Family and Community Medicine Weekly Conference, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2003.
  39. Epidemiology and Heart Failure, Epidemiology and Aging Course, College of Public Health, University of Arizona, 2003.
  40. Ageism – Is it a Problem?, Continuing Medical Education, Department of Medicine Grand Rounds Weekly Conference, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2003.
  41. Death by Bedrest: Deconditioning in the Elderly, 15th Annual Arizona Geriatrics Society Symposium and Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2003.
  42. Influenza and the Elderly, Geriatric Grand Rounds, Arizona Geriatric Education Center, University of Arizona, 2003.
  43. Approach to the Care of the Older Adult, Preparation in Clinical Medicine Course, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2004.
  44. Death by Bedrest: The Hazards of Hospitalization for the Elderly, Preparation in Clinical Medicine Course, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2004.
  45. Care of the Older Adult, Summer Faculty Intensive “Caring for the Older Adult: An Overview of Common Problems,” Arizona Geriatric Center, University of Arizona, 2004.
  46. Health Literacy, Interdisciplinary Seminar for Medical Students, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2004.
  47. Cultural Competency for the Older Adult, Social and Behavioral Sciences Course, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2004.
  48. Care of the Older Adult, University of Arizona, College of Pharmacy, 2005.
  49. Cultural Differences in Dementia Caregiving Experiences, VISN 18 Research Forum: Translational Research, Southern Arizona VA Health Care Center, Tucson, Arizona, 2005.
  50. Old Age and Care Near the End of Life, Epidemiology of Aging Course, University of Arizona, College of Public Health, 2005.
  51. Death by Bedrest, Management Conference, Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, 2005.
  52. Care of the Older Adult, Social and Behavioral Sciences Course, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2005.
  53. Alzheimer’s Update, Medical Grand Rounds, St. Mary’s Hospital, Tucson, Arizona, 2006.
  54. Death by Bedrest, PCM, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2006.
  55. Care of the Older Adult, PCM, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2006.
  56. Dementia: A Practical Approach, VA Management Grand Rounds, Southern Arizona VA Health Care Center, Tucson, Arizona, 2006.
  57. Chronic Disease and Aging, Epidemiology of Aging Course, University of Arizona, College of Public Health, 2006.
  58. Assessing the Elderly Driver, Resident Core Conference, Southern Arizona VA Health Care Center, Tucson, Arizona, 2006.
  59. Assessing the Elderly Driver, Resident Core Conference, University Medical Center, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2006.
  60. Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment, Resident Core Conference, Southern Arizona VA Health Care Center, Tucson, Arizona, 2006.
  61. Transitions in Care: When Needs Change, 11th Annual Caregiver Conference: Walking in our Shoes,” Tucson, Arizona, 2006.
  62. Death by Bedrest: A Surgical Perspective, Surgery Grand Rounds, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2006.
  63. Dementia, Resident Core Conference, Southern Arizona VA Health Care Center, Tucson, Arizona, 2006.
  64. Dementia: A Clinical Approach, Geriatric Grand Rounds, Arizona Geriatric Education Center, University of Arizona, 2007.
  65. Dementia, Delirium, and Depression, Lifecycle Block, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2007.
  66. Elder Abuse and Neglect, Lifecycle Block, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2007.
  67. Death by Bedrest, Lifecycle Block, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2007.
  68. Chronic Care Model, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, 2007.
  69. Death by Bedrest, Second Annual Spring Educational Conference, Geriatric Update, Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, 2008.
  70. Creating an Aging-Sensitive Hospital: Interdisciplinary Training Program at University Physicians Healthcare Hospital, Tucson, Arizona, 04/08.
  71. On Mentoring: Session for Jahnigen Scholars, Section for Surgical and Related Medical Specialties Educational Program: Challenges and Opportunities in Peri-operative Geriatric Medicine, Washington, DC, 05/08. Served as a national advisor to over fifty Jahnigen Scholars, emerging researchers in surgery and related specialties.
  72. “There’s No Place Like Home:” The Promise of Co-Adaptive Learning for Aging in Place. Keynote Address for Co-Adaptive Learning: Adaptive Technology for the Aging Symposium. Supported by the National Science Foundation and the Center for Adaptive Neural Systems. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ  January 9, 2009
  73. “Medical Conditions and Mental Health in Older Adults”  Behavioral Health Conference  Tucson, AZ April 5, 2010
  74. “Frailty: A Clinical Perspective.” Plenary Chair: Frailty and Inflammation. 39th Annual Conference of the American Aging Association (AGE), Portland, OR  June 2010
  75. Session Chair, “Wellness, Healthspan, and Frailty: Beyond Lifespan Extension.” First annual Mayo Clinic Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging Conference: Next Step in Aging Research: From Bench to Bedside. Redwing, Minnesota   June 2010
  76. Session Chair, “Clinical Aspects of Frailty and Healthspan.” 2011 Alliance for Healthy Aging Symposium on Frailty and Healthspan, 2nd Annual Mayo Clinic Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging Conference. Gronigen, the Netherlands   Oct 2011

Educational Grants

  1. John A. Hartford Geriatric Leadership Scholar Award
  2. Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centers,  Harvard School of Public Health
  3. Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar, AAMC/Harvard Medical School

Grants and Collaboratives

  1. 1994 - 1996 Site Co-Investigator, A Multi-Site Randomized Trial of Team Managed Hospital Based Home Care: Cooperative Studies in Health Services #3 Department of Veterans Affairs.  Participating Site in National Study. 5% effort.
  2. 1999 Leadership Team, Tucson VAMC, Breakthrough Series Collaborative on Improving Care for Patients with Advanced CHF and COPD, Department of Veterans Affairs, Institute of Healthcare Improvement, and Center to Improve Care of the Dying.  Participating Site in National Study. January-September
  3. 1999 - 2000 Principal Investigator, Cross Sectional Data Collection for Quality Improvement Medicaring Project, a collaboration between Department of Veterans Affairs with George Washington University evaluating the Breakthrough Series Collaborative on Improving Care for Patients with Advanced CHF/COPD.  Year October 1999 to April 2000.  Non-funded VA Project.
  4. 2004 - 2005 Medical Director, VISN 18 TeleHealth Disease Management Program.  Office of Care Coordination, Veteran Health Administration, Washington, D.C. $1,000,000,  One-year program to support the implementation and evaluation of care coordination utilizing TeleHealth programs to enhance the care of veterans with advanced heart and lung disease.  October 2004 – September 2005. Co-PI
  5. 2004-2007 Principal Investigator, Cultural Differences in Dementia Caregivers, Department of Veterans Affairs, VISN 18 New Investigator Pilot Grant Program, $30,000. PI, 5% effort.
  6. 2006 - 2010 Principal Investigator, Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics. Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Grant to Enhance Physician’s Training in Geriatrics.  A four year educational grant to improve the care of older frail adults throughout the state of Arizona through the training of medical students, residents, faculty, and community physicians.  $2,000,000. PI, 25% effort.
  7. 2007-2010 Principal Investigator, Arizona Geriatric Education Center, Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. The purpose of this grant is to provide interdisciplinary geriatric education and training of Arizona’s health professions faculty, students, and practitioners to prepare them to care for the rapidly growing older population. $1,100,000. PI, 25% effort.
  8. 2007-2010 Chen, PI, Anemia and its Relationship with Sarcopenia, Physical Function, and Mortality. NIH, $650,000. Role: Co-Investigator.
  9. 2008 Consultant/Co-Investigator, pro-bono, consultant, Portable Devise for Telecare Monitoring of Elderly People. Phase 1 STTR grant to develop an activity monitor to assist in the care of frail elders. NIH-NIA (STTR) BioSensics, Chicago, IL.
  10. 2010-2015 Principal Investigator, Arizona Geriatric Education Center, Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. The purpose of this grant is to provide interdisciplinary geriatric education and training of Arizona’s health professions faculty, students, and practitioners to prepare them to care for the rapidly growing older population. $1,900,000. PI, 22% effort.
  11. 2010-2014 Labiner, Chong, Co-PI's. Epidemiologic follow-up study of newly diagnosed epilepsy among seniors from different ethnic groups. This is a longitudinal study of newly diagnosed epilepsy among the elderly from different ethnic groups to determine the incidence of newly diagnosed epilepsy, and explore the relationship between Hispanic, American Indian and non-Hispanic whites with epilepsy. Center for Disease Control, $1,600,000. Role: Co-Investigator.
  12. 2011-2013 Principal Investigator. Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT) Program Grant. A two –year educational grant to train chief residents in the care of older hospitalized adults. Hearst Foundations/Association of Directors of Geriatrics Academic Programs, $114,000, Role: PI.
  13. 2012-2014 Portable Device for Telecare Monitoring of Elderly People. Phase II STTR grant to develop and commercialize a novel wearable technology for tele-monitoring of elders at risk of frailty and/or falls using a single and easily wearable sensor, in collaboration with the University of Arizona Center on Aging and i-CAMP. NIA, Role: Geriatric Consultant.
  14. 2013-2017 Principal Investigator. Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Aging and Quality of Life Program: Next Steps Funding. A four-year educational geriatric physician’s training grant to improve the care of older frail adults throughout the state of Arizona through the training of medical and surgical specialists in the care of older adults. $1,000,000, PI, 17% effort.

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