Todd James is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and clinician educator in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and went on to complete internal medicine and geriatrics fellowship training also at University of Illinois. He was a clinical leader of a new housecalls program at Principium Health in New Jersey. He was also medical director in a new model of care, the Geriatric Resources for Assessment and Care of Elders (GRACE) program at Eskenazi Health, Indianapolis, Indiana. He was a clinician educator at Indiana University School of Medicine from 2009 to 2015 where he completed a Geriatrics Academic Career Award (GACA).
Dr. James is board certified in geriatric medicine and internal medicine. He provides care at UCSF Medical Center: 1) the Acute Care for Elders Program, 2) the Geriatrics-Orthopedics Co-Management Program, and 3) the Age-Friendly Emergency Department. Dr. James teaches medical students, residents and fellows about geriatric syndromes and principles of geriatric care, including functional assessments, care coordination and goals of care. His goal is to promote understanding of the unique and changing needs of those in elderhood.
Dr. James’s educational and research focus is to promote the transition of health systems towards age-friendly approaches with geriatrics & interprofessional education and program development. He is a leader in the creation of the Age-Friendly Emergency Department program at UCSF Parnassus. He is the Geriatrics Education Site Director for Contra Costa County in the Optimizing Aging Collaborative at UCSF, sponsored by the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). He creates curricula for health professionals which address complex patient situations and interprofessional team care. He is co-chair of the Interprofessional Special Interest Group at the American Geriatrics Society and a contributor to the Communications Committee of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative.