Ohio Geriatric Academic Programs

About Us


Through the Consortium of Ohio Geriatric Academic Programs (COGAP), the Offices of Geriatrics and Gerontology in each of Ohio’s medical schools are closely aligned and share interdisciplinary curricular resources, expertise, and model programs, providing leadership and vision in geriatric education, health care delivery, and research for students, geriatric educators, researchers, community agencies, and older adults and their families.


  1. Assure that all medical students in Ohio receive essential training to support and provide optimal health care to older adults.
  2. Strengthen geriatrics in postgraduate medical education programs across Ohio.
  3. Advance aging-related knowledge and scholarship through collaborative interprofessional health education and research.
  4. Provide statewide leadership and advocacy to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families in acute care, long term care and community settings.
  5. Facilitate and support education and training of future leaders in geriatric medicine.


COGAP leadership rotates alphabetically through each of the 7 consortium schools with 2-year terms spanning from July 1 to June 30.  The designated group leader for July 2015 through June 2017 is Case Western Reserve University. Leaders arrange group meetings, bring emerging issues to the group to discuss, maintain and update records, follow-up on agendas and to-do items, and keep abreast of aging–related issues in Ohio.

Below is a list of Consortium member schools and representatives:

Click here to see a list of our collaborations with other aging-related or medical education related groups.


Case Western Reserve University

Peter DeGolia, MD, CMD
Professor, Family Medicine & Community Health
Director, McGregor PACE
2373 Euclid Heights Boulevard
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44106
Phone: 216-791-3580
Fax: 216-791-3281


Dr. DeGolia is a family physician/geriatrician at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Recently, he was appointed director of the Center for Geriatric Medicine and the medical director of the UH/Case House Calls Program.  Dr. DeGolia earned his medical degree at Rush Medical College in Chicago, completed his internship at University Hospital and his residency and geriatric fellowship at MetroHealth Medical Center, both in Cleveland, Ohio.  He is board certified in family medicine, geriatric medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine.  His areas of interest include education, house call medicine, long-term care, and end-of-life care. - See more at: http://www.mcgregorpace.org/about/leadership/#sthash.6055XeDi.dpuf
Amanda Lathia, MD
Staff Physician
Division of Geriatric Medicine
Center for Geriatric Medicine
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
Phone: 216-444-0319
Fax: 216-445-8762

Dr. Amanda Lathia, MD is a staff physician in the Division of Geriatric Medicine. She is certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine, with added qualifications in geriatric medicine. Her clinical interests include aging, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, functional impairment and optimizing function in older adults, polypharmacy, falls, mood disorders in older adults, female incontinence, osteoporosis, and complementary and alternative medicine. She is also interested in and dedicated to interdisciplinary education in geriatrics. 

Dr. Lathia received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland and completed a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Lathia is actively involved in the education and training of medical students, residents, and geriatric medicine fellows. She leads rotations at the Cleveland Clinic in geriatric medicine for medical students from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She also holds a educational grant from the Health and Human Resources Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support curriculum development in interdisciplinary education in geriatrics.


Elizabeth O’Toole, MD
Professor of Medicine, Bioethics, and Family Medicine
Associate Director, University Center on Aging and Health
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Phone: 216-778-2777
Fax: 216-778-5935


Northeast Ohio Medical University

Barbara Palmisano, BSN, MA
Director, Office of Geriatrics
Associate Director, Office of Palliative Care
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Northeast Ohio Medical University
4209 State Route 44
Rootstown, Ohio 44272
Phone: 330-325-6359
Fax: 330-325-5907


Margaret Sanders, MA, LSW
Associate Director, Office of Geriatrics
Director, Office of Palliative Care
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Northeast Ohio Medical University
4209 State Route 44
Rootstown, Ohio 44272
Phone: 330-325-6360
Fax: 330-325-5907


The Ohio State University

Cynthia Dougherty, MSW, PhD
Director, Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology
1581 Dodd Drive
McCampbell Hall 506N
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-283-4815
Fax: 614-293-5612

         Dr. Cynthia Dougherty is the Director of the Office of Geriatrics and Interprofessional Aging 
         Studies in the College of Medicine at the The Ohio State University.  She has a wide-range of
         experience serving children, families, older adults, and communities through direct practice,
         program development and evaluation, administration, and grant writing.  She earned MSW
         with concentration in Administration and a PhD in Social Work from The Ohio State University.
         Her primary research interest includes interprofessional education and practice in healthcare.
         Cynthia has been teaching in the university environment for several years, both in the
         classroom and through online distance eduation.  She is currently on the Board of Trustees
         for the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education and serves as their membership 
         chairperson.  In addition to being a proud Buckeye, she is a proud Ohio University
         and AmeriCorps alumna.


Donald O. Mack, MD
Assistant Professor, OSU Family Practice at Rardin
2231 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-293-2700
Fax: 614-293-2720

As a family physician for over 30 years, I have done birth to death family medicine in a rural setting, and continue to see the full range of ages in my office practice. Additionally, I am focusing clinical time on geriatric long-term care and end of life care. My goal is to increase interest and knowledge among medical students, family medicine residents, and fellows in the areas of Geriatrics and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, with the ultimate goal of improving the care of vulnerable, elderly patients. I want to make sure that we have highly skilled physicians to take care of our aging world, my family, and eventually, me.


Ohio University

Cynthia Kuttner, DO


University of Cincinnati

Jeffrey Schlaudecker, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine
Interim Director, Geriatric Medicine Program
University of Cincinnati
231 Albert Sabin Way, PO Box 670504
Cincinnati, Ohio 45267
Phone: 513-584-0650
Fax: 513-584-2809

Dr. Schlaudecker majored in Human Communication Science at Northwestern University and studied medicine at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine. Following residency training in family medicine and a clinical fellowship in geriatric medicine, he began working with The Christ Hospital/University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Residency Program and Geriatric Medicine Fellowship as a geriatric hospitalist in 2007. Dr. Schlaudecker became interested in patient-and family-centered care early in his training, and his question of how to apply interprofessional bedside rounding techniques to his geriatric patients served as the basis for his current HRSA Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA) and research support from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. He is an Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, and serves as the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program Director and Medical Director of The Christ Hospital Acute Care for Elderly (ACE) Unit. Jeff also completed his Master in Education (MEd) with a focus on Adult Learning Theory in the Fall of 2013. He was named the Kautz Family Endowed Chair of Geriatric Medicine Education at the University of Cincinnati on October 15, 2014.


Irene MooreIrene Moore, MSW, LISW-S, AGSF
Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine
Assistant Director, Geriatric Medicine Program
University of Cincinnati
231 Albert Sabin Way, PO Box 670504
Cincinnati, Ohio 45267
Phone: 513-584-0798
Fax: 513-584-2809

Irene Moore joined the University of Cincinnati Department of Family Medicine in 1987 to initiate their Geriatric Evaluation Center.  Previously, (1982-1987) she was the Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment Clinic clinical coordinator. Irene have enjoyed professional responsibilities all geriatrics focused, in clinical assessment, teaching medical and pharmacy student, medical residents and geriatric medicine fellows and implementation of grant awards and program administration.


University of Toledo

Cletus Iwuagwu, MD
Associate Professor
Director of Geriatric Medicine, Senior Behavioral Health
The University of Toledo Medical Center
3000 Arlington Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43614
Phone: 419-383-4398
Fax: 419-383-5918


Wright State University

Cynthia Olsen, MD
Phone: 937-458-6757
Fax: 937-458-6755


Larry Lawhorne, MD
Phone: 937-331-9167