Entries by Susan Gearhart, MD

The Geriatric Surgery Program at Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (JHBMC) annually performs surgical procedures on more than 600 patients over the age of 65, with nearly one-third of these patients identified as frail and at high-risk for adverse outcomes.  It is currently the goal of JHBMC to be the national leader in discovering how to bring our older patients through surgery safely, preserve quality of life, and return them to their loved ones as soon as possible.

The first step in mitigating the impact of frailty on surgical outcomes is being able to recognize who is vulnerable. JHBMC has been a leader in the affirmation and implementation of best practice guidelines put forth by the American College of Surgeons and the American Geriatric Society for the care of the older surgical patient. JHBMC participated in a national survey to examine what resources were most needed for the care of the older frail surgical patient…. Continue Reading