Harrison G. Bloom, M.D.
International Longevity Center-USA
Dr. Bloom is currently a Senior Associate with the International Longevity Center-USA (ILC-USA) and Associate Clinical Professor of Geriatrics in the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
Past positions include serving as the Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, and as Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Dr. Bloom’s main focus of concentration at the ILC is the International Clinical-Education and Consultation Service established to teach the principles of health care for older persons in developing countries. Dr. Bloom is the founder and director of this Service. Projects and teaching consultations thus far have been undertaken in Lebanon, Taiwan, South Africa, Singapore, Mexico, Malta, Russia, Bulgaria, India and China.
The ILC is also leading a coalition of national organizations in establishing guidelines for the assessment and treatment of sleep disorders in older persons. Dr. Bloom is coordinating the academic and clinical parts of this effort.
In addition to the above, his major areas of interest include chronic disease management, health promotion/disease prevention, medication use/misuse, transitional care and dementia. He has given numerous presentations nationally and internationally, has authored a book on drug prescribing for older individuals, has written many chapters for textbooks and other medical books, and has published a number of papers in the medical literature.
Dr. Bloom’s interest in medicine and international health began when he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia in the late 1960s. He also continues to see patients in consultation on a weekly basis.
Projects of the International Longevity Center include:
Ageism--conduct research and speak out against negative images of older persons and policies that tolerate age discrimination.
World Cities Project--with sister centers, work together to understand the future of aging in four of the world's major cities: London, New York, Paris, and Tokyo.
The Caregiving Project for Older Americans--spearheading a project aimed at developing a national approach to recruit, train, and retain paid professional caregivers in partnership with the Schmieding Center for Senior Health & Education.
Sleep & Healthy Aging--awareness campaign educating older Americans and health professionals about the importance of sleep to healthy aging.
Clinical Education Service--collaborative assistance in establishing new clinical, educational, and policy approaches to governments, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, community hospitals and clinics, and community agencies.
Age Boom Academy--an intensive week-long seminar designed to deepen journalists' understanding of how the world's population is affecting politics, the economy, and just about every other aspect of their beats.
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