Michelle Rossi, MD, MPH is a Board Certified Geriatrician at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS). She is the Associate Director for Clinical Care at the Pittsburgh VA GRECC. She also is the Medical Director for the Geriatric Evaluation and Management Clinic, VAPHS Geriatric Driving Safety Clinic; VAPHS Dementia Clinic; the Geriatric Polypharmacy E-consult, and VAPHS TeleDEMENTIA clinic (CVT). She works with Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project (GWEP). Dr. Rossi is the recipient of the Federal Executive Board 2013 Outstanding Team Award for VAPHS CVT TeleDEMENTIA and the Federal Executive Board 2015 in the Outstanding Professional Employee-Medical/ Scientific Category. She also received a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center award for Excellence in Patient Experience in 2016.
Stacey Shaffer, MD is a Board Certified Geriatrician at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Dr. Shaffer has worked with the VAPHS GRECC, home-based primary care, and the Geriatric Polypharmacy E-Consult service. Currently, she provides care for veterans with dementia via CVT TeleDEMENTIA program, and she assists with the VAPHS CVT Dementia Caregiver Support group.
Carol Dolbee, CRNP is a Nurse Practitioner at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. She joined the VA in 2001. She is part of the clinic staff in the Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) clinic, Dementia Clinic, Geriatric Driving Safety Clinic, and TeleDEMENTIA clinic. Also, she contributes care of older veterans through the VAPHS GRECC Geriatric Polypharmacy Consult service, and The Program for Intensive Residential Aphasia Treatment and Education (PIRATE). Mrs. Dolbee is the recipient of the FEB 2013 Outstanding Team Award for VAPHS CVT TeleDEMENTIA.
Nancy Kovell, LCSW is a Social Worker at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System with over 20 years of medical social work experience including clinical experience with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She is extensively knowledgeable of clinical social work practices and interventions with both adult and geriatric populations and their caregivers. Besides her contribution to the TeleDEMENTIA , Mrs. Kovell has been instrumental in addressing the needs of Caregiver stress through the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project. Mrs. Kovell is the receipient of the FEB 2013 Outstanding Team Award for VAPHS CVT TeleDEMENTIA
Paul Bulgarelli, DO is the Chief of consultation/Liaison Psychiatry at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. He has been on staff at VAPHS since 2003, after finishing a Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is board certified in both general adult and geriatric psychiatry. Interests include medical psychiatry, consultation psychiatry and emergency psychiatry. Dr. Bulgarelli is the recipient of the the FEB 2013 Outstanding Team Award for VAPHS CVT TeleDEMENTIA
Lauren Jost, PsyD is a clinical psychologist at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. She works in the Geriatric Evaluation and Management Clinic and in Primary Care Mental Health Integration. Her doctoral training included an emphasis in Geropsychology, and she received specialized training in geriatrics as part of her Geropsychology post-doctoral fellowship. She is also a Geriatrics Scholar and completed her training at the Palo Alto VAMC. Other clinical experiences include working with older adults in the VA’s Community Living Center and Home-Based Primary Care. Besides her contribution to the TeleDEMENTIA psychological assessment, Dr. Jost also addresses the needs of Caregiver stress through the TeleDEMENTIA Caregiver Support Group.
POC: Ina Engel, Ina.Engel@va.gov; (412) 360-2919
This following graph reflects the VAPHS CVT TeleDEMENTIA yearly growth. The number of Unique Veterans, Veteran visits and Identified needs.
Gerontological Society of America Annual meeting, November, 2013 New Orleans. “Clinical Video Telehealth for Dementia Assessment: Creation of TeleDEMENTIA Clinic.”
American Geriatric Society Annual Meeting, May 2014, Orlando, FL. “Dementia Treatment with Clinical Video Telehealth”
American Geriatric Society Annual Meeting, May 2014, Orlando, FL. “Improving Patient and Caregiver Satisfaction in a TeleDEMENTIA Clinic”
IAGG: San Francisco July, 2017: Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT) for Dementia: Rural Provider & Veteran Recommendations
Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting, November, 2014 Washington, DC “TeleDEMENTIA Clinic: Clinical Video Telehealth to Diagnose and Support Rural Veterans With Dementia”
Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting, November , 2015 Orlando, FL “Interprofessional TeleDEMENTIA Clinic: Findings the First Year”
Powers BB, Homer MC, Morone N, Edmonds N, Rossi MI..Creation of an Interprofessional Teledementia Clinic for Rural Veterans: Preliminary Data. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 May;65(5):1092-1099. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14839. Epub 2017 Mar 10.
VA Rural Interdisciplinary Team Training program (RITT) programs provided to:
March 15, 2016: M. Rossi, MD, MPH “GeriPACT and TeleHealth”, GeriPACT Summit, Albany , NY
September 26, 2014: B. Brott, MD : Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Creating a TeleDEMENTIA Clinic. GRECC Lecture Series, VAPHS, Pittsburgh, PA
March 17, 2016 : M. Rossi, MD, MPH: TeleDEMENTIA Clinic and its outcomes from the past 3 years. Division of Geriatric Medicine Conference, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
GRECC ADVISORY COMMITTEE presentations
2013 - Outstanding Team Award for VAPHS CVT TeleDEMENTIA Team
2015 - M. Rossi, MD, MPH recipient of the Outstanding Professional Employee-Medical/ Scientific Category.
2016 - TeleDEMENTIA Clinic was awarded a semi-finalist award in the Under Secretary of Health’s Promising Practice Initiative in two 2016 competitions.
Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project (GWEP)
Geriatric Polypharmacy E consults
Geriatric Evaluation and Management Clinic (GEM)
Geriatric Driving Safety Clinic (GDSC)
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
ALTOONA: James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center
BUTLER: VA Butler Healthcare
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Belmont/ St. Clairsville, OH Clarion/ Monroe Twp., PA
Cranberry/ Cranberry Twp., PA DuBois
Fayette/ Uniontown, PA Huntingdon/ Mapleton Depot, PA
Lawrence/ New Castle, PA Mercer/ Hermitage, PA
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Westmoreland/ Greensburg, PA