Thomas and Catherine Yoshikawa Award

Sei Lee, MD, MAS

The AGS and the AGS Health in Aging Foundation honored Sei Lee, MD, MAS, Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), with the 2017 Thomas and Catherine Yoshikawa Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Clinical Investigation. A Senior Scholar with the San Francisco VA Quality Scholars fellowship and rising research leader in targeting health care for older adults, Dr. Lee delivered a plenary presentation on individualizing preventive care for older men and women at the AGS 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting.

“Dr. Lee is a skilled clinician and recognized scholar—a model for the multifaceted leadership we hope to inspire at the AGS,” notes AGS President Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF. “The future of geriatrics is rooted in providing high-quality, person-centered care for us all as we age; it’s an exciting time to hear about the state of individualized care from an authority like Dr. Lee.”

Dr. Lee’s presentation at #AGS17 represents more than 10 years of work examining how the status of our personal health can be used to maximize benefits and minimize harms when it comes to treatments and preventive care.  Among other novel approaches to wellness, Dr. Lee has worked to incorporate life expectancy predictions into prioritizing interventions for older men and women—a critical need for the healthcare professionals who treat us all as we age.

Dr. Lee’s groundbreaking contributions started with a 2006 publication in JAMA describing a mortality prediction index, now widely known as the “Lee Index.” The Lee Index demonstrated that measures of function for older adults were as important to determining mortality as were disease-specific measures traditionally used in health assessments. The Lee Index served as the genesis for Eprognosis, a free web platform developed with colleagues at UCSF that helps to link health status to future clinical care decisions.

An AGS member since 2005, Dr. Lee has helped secure more than $6 million in funding for his work across mortality prediction and care for older adults with diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.  Dr. Lee has authored or co-authored more than 60 publications and delivered countless international presentations—now to include his plenary remarks at #AGS17.

Announced at the 2016 AGS Annual Scientific Meeting and supported for 16 years thanks to generous contributions to the AGS Health in Aging Foundation, the Yoshikawa Award recognizes the research accomplishments of mid-career clinician-investigators directly involved in the care of older adults. It is one of several honors conferred by the AGS at its Annual Scientific Meeting.

Past Recipients of the Thomas and Catherine Yoshikawa Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation Award:

2016   Mara Schonberg, MD, MPH
2015   Rebecca Sudore, MD
2014   XinQi Dong, MD, MPH
2013   Cynthia J. Brown, MD, MSPH
2012   Malaz A. Boustani, MM, MPH
2011   Catherine A. Sarkisian, MD, MSPH2010   
2010   Cynthia M. Boyd, MD, MPH
2009   Louise C. Walter, MD
2008   R. Sean Morrison, MD
2007   Eric A. Coleman, MD, MPH
2006   David J. Cassaret, MD, MS
2005   Joe Verghese, MBBS, MS
2004   Terri R. Fried, MD
2003   Edward Marcantonio, MD, Boston, MA
2002   James T. Pacala, MD, Minneapolis, MN
2001   Thomas M. Gill, MD, New Haven, CT
2001   Greg A. Sachs, MD, Chicago, IL
2000   Elizabeth Capezuti, PhD, RN
1999   Mark A. Supiano, MD
1998   Sharon K. Inouye, MD 
1992   Mary Tinetti, MD
1991   Larry Rubenstein, MD, MPH