Celebrating Senior Champions
Caregiver Champion — Eric G. Rodriguez, MD
Dr. Rodriguez is an Associate Professor of Medicine within the University of Pittsburgh’s Division of Geriatrics and serves as a geriatrics medical consultant at the UPMC Senior Care-Benedum Geriatric Center at UPMC Montefiore Hospital. Additionally, he is the Medical Director for UPMC’s Living at Home program, which supports seniors in their desire to age in place, and Medical Director of Care Management for UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside Hospitals.
Named a Pittsburgh Magazine “Top Doctor” and among the “Best Doctors in America” by Best Doctors, Inc., Dr. Rodriguez has been an internal medicine physician specializing in geriatrics for more than 30 years. His primary expertise is in the care of patients with complex, interacting comorbidity and polypharmacy, especially those suffering from dementia.
Dr. Rodriguez participates in research in Alzheimer’s Disease with the University of Pittsburgh’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and he has published extensively on cognitive decline, evaluation and treatment of chronic low back pain in older adults, assessing fall risk when the patient’s cognition is impaired, and discrepancies in information provided to the primary care providers by patients with dementia. Additionally, Dr. Rodriguez mentors staff and students from all disciplines to enhance their expertise and to support the development of future geriatric practitioners. He is much sought after as a lecturer throughout the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Health Sciences and beyond.