Primary title:Anna and Harry Borun Endowed Chair in Geriatrics and Gerontology
Anna and Harry Borun Endowed Chair in Geriatrics and Gerontology at UCLA
Director, UCLA/JH Borun Center for Gerontological Research
Associate Director for Education, VA Los Angeles HSR&D Center of Innovation
Senior Natural Scientist, RAND Corporation
Bio:Debra Saliba, MD, MPH holds the UCLA Anna & Harry Borun Endowed Chair in Geriatrics, is a physician researcher at VA GRECC and HSR&D Center of Innovation, and RAND senior natural scientist. Her research aims to improve quality of care for vulnerable older adults and adults with long-term care needs. Including direct inclusion of older adults in assessments of their health and needs. She developed the VES-13, a function-based survey that identifies at-risk older adults, that has gained widespread acceptance as both a predictor and outcome measure. As PI for the CMS MDS 3.0 Revision project and VA Validation project, she led a national consortium in mixed-methods research to identify and test revised items, including many that relied on residents’ self-report. This research showed significant gains in reliability, validity, staff satisfaction and assessment efficiency. She serves on CMS’s 5-star Technical Expert Panel and National Quality Forum’s committees on Patient Experience and Function and Post-acute /Long-term care. She is past President of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and serves as Deputy Editor for the Journal of AGS.