Core Leader, Training Core
Member, Steering Committee
Primary title:Chief Research and Development Officer
Primary Institution:Eskenazi Health
Chief Research and Development Officer, Eskenazi Health
Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
Investigator, Regenstrief Institute
Bio:Christopher M. Callahan, MD, MACP is a physician-scientist and Chief Research and Development Officer at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Callahan graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1985 and completed his internal medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine and a fellowship in health services research at Indiana University. He has served on the faculty at the Indiana University School of Medicine for 30 years. His clinical practice at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis focuses on the care of older people living with Alzheimer’s disease and AD-related dementias. He is a Scientist in the Regenstrief Institute, Inc. Dr. Callahan served as Director of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research for over 20 years. He conducts clinical research to improve care of older adults in primary care settings, including clinical trials exploring new models of care which increasingly focus on the integration of family, community, and medical services. He studies new approaches to facilitate implementation of care models into routine clinical practice, with emphasis on vulnerable elders.
Primary title:Research Scientist/Associate Director
Primary Institution:Indiana University/Regenstrief Institute
Research Scientist/Associate Director, Indiana University/Regenstrief Institute
Bio:Alexia Torke, MD is an associate professor of medicine and Associate Division Chief of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine. She is a research scientist with the Indiana University Center for Aging Research, Regenstrief Institute and Director of the Evans Center for Religious and Spiritual Values in Healthcare. Dr. Torke received her undergraduate degree from Carleton College, MD from Indiana University, and completed her primary care-internal medicine residency at Emory University in Atlanta. She completed fellowship training at the University of Chicago in primary care health services research and ethics. Dr. Torke’s research focuses on ethical, communication and spiritual aspects of medical decision-making for older adults and currently on surrogate decision-making for older people living with dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment. Her research has been published in Archives of Internal Medicine, the Journal of General Internal Medicine and the Journal of Clinical Ethics. She has received funding from the NIH, the Greenwall Foundation and other foundation sources. She practices outpatient palliative care at IU Health Methodist Hospital.