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Mary Ann Forciea

Mary Ann Forciea, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Division of Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Forciea is the Director of the Geriatric Education Center of Greater Philadelphia (GEC-GP) of University of Pennsylvania, and the Medical Director of the In-Home Primary Care Program of the Division. She also served as the Medical Director of Pennswood Village, a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community.

Dr. Forciea received her MD degree from Duke University. After completing a Residency in Medicine at the Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota Hospital she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geriatrics and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Endocrinology, Division of Endocrinology at The Medical College of Pennsylvania. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Endocrinology. Dr. Forciea's research interests include Health Promotion in Late Life and Exercise Benefits in the Elderly.

Dr. Forciea was the recipient of one of the first group of Academic Awards of the NIA, and is a past winner of the Clinician of the Year Award of the American Geriatric Society. She is consistently nominated as a "Top Doc" in Geriatric Medicine by Philadelphia Magazine. She serves as the Senior Editor of Geriatric Secrets.


Christine K Bradway, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN

Christine Bradway, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, is an Assistant Professor of Gerontological Nursing and the Director of the Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program in the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bradway is also a Co-PI of the Geriatric Education Center of Greater Philadelphia along with Mary Ann Forciea, MD.

Her dissertation focused on the narratives of women with long-term urinary incontinence. Her research interests also include transitional care for cognitively impaired older adults and those with other health care needs.

Dr. Bradway has practiced as a gerontologic nurse practitioner for over 25 years in a variety of settings including long-term care, community-based primary and specialty care, and as a nurse clinician in a tertiary care setting. Dr. Bradway currently maintains a clinical appointment with Urology Health Specialists where she has been a member of the practice for many years. Prior to her appointment at Urology Health Specialists, Dr. Bradway was founder and director of the Penn Nursing Network Continence Program.

Dr. Bradway and her colleagues received the Best of Image Award for Nursing Research for their article “Functional Status Outcomes of a Nursing Intervention in Hospitalized Elderly” and Dr. Bradway’s book, Nursing Care of Geriatric Emergencies received an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. Dr. Bradway’s dissertation research recently received the Best Paper Presentation Award at the 12th Annual Research Papers Presentation Night of the Delaware Valley Geriatrics Society. In 2012, she was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.


Joel  E. Streim, M.D.

Joel E. Streim, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania where he serves as Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program, and a clinical consultant and research investigator in geriatric psychiatry at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and the VISN 4 Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center.

Dr. Streim's research, teaching and clinical efforts reflect his longstanding career interest in the problems of elderly patients with medical and psychiatric comorbidity, with an emphasis on mental health care in the long term care setting. He has conducted federally funded research on treatment of depression in medically ill nursing home patients, and clinical trials of treatments for cognitive impairment, psychosis, and behavioral disturbances in older adults with dementia. An expert in mental health care policy for older adults, Dr. Streim has served as a consultant to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) on quality of mental health care for nursing home residents, and has testified before Congress on issues related to geriatric mental health. He has also served in an advisory role to the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

Dr. Streim received his MD degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. After completing a residency in internal medicine at the University of Rochester and a residency in psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin, he did a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the VA Medical Center in Madison, Wisconsin. He has lectured and published extensively on topics in geriatric psychiatry, and is nationally recognized as a leader in the field. He is a Past President of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.


Andrew M. Peterson, PharmD, PhDAndrew M. Peterson, PharmD, PhD - Andrew Peterson is the John Wyeth Dean at the Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy. He formerly served as the Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice/Pharmacy Administration at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, where he continues as an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy. Dr. Peterson teaches management, managed care pharmacy practice, and research design and statistics to pharmacy students.

Dr. Peterson earned his PhD in Health Policy from the University of the Sciences. The title of his dissertation was "Development of a Methodology to Use the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Concurrently: The Case of Initial Medication Compliance." He earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Rutgers University, College of Pharmacy in 1986. After graduating from Rutgers, Dr. Peterson completed a 1-year residency in Hospital Pharmacy Practice at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Lukes Medical Center in Chicago, IL. He then went on to complete a 2-year post-baccalaureate Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the Medical College of Virginia, in Richmond Virginia. Dr. Peterson enhanced his education and training by completing an Advanced Residency in Hospital Pharmacy Administration at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Before Dr. Peterson came to University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 1996, he was an assistant director of pharmacy/clinical services at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Prior to that, he was an associate director of pharmacy, drug information and clinical services at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.

He has concentrated his years of research in pharmacy management, managed care pharmacy, pharmaceutical care and medication compliance. Some of his more recent scholarly publications include "Pharmacoeconomic Impact of Non-Compliance with Statins" and "A meta-analysis of interventions to improve medication adherence." He is editor for the book "Managing Pharmacy Practice: Principles, Systems and Strategies." He also co-authored the book "Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics: A Practical Approach" - a text used for mid-level practitioners.

Dr. Peterson is a member of several pharmacy organizations including the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the Pennsylvania Society of Hospital Pharmacists. Dr. Peterson has earned the Homiller Award for Excellence in Teaching (2003) and the Patricia Leahy Award for Learning Innovation (2005).


Leadership faculty group

Pamela Z. Cacchione, PhD, APRN, GNP, BC - Associate Professor of Geropsychiatric Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania.

Kathleen Egan, PhD, BCC - Emeritus Chaplain. GEC Faculty.

Zvi D. Gellis, PhD - Associate Professor & Director, Center for Mental Health & Aging, School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania.

Steven F. Huege, MD - Section of Geriatric Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania.

Varleisha Gibbs OTD, OTR/L - Assistant Professor Occupational Therapy, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

Carol A. Maritz, EdD, PT, GCS - Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Faculty link.

Additional Faculty

Lesley S. Carson, MD - Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Valerie T. Cotter, DrNP, ANP/GNP-BC, FAANP - Advanced Senior Lecturer and Program Director, Adult Health Nurse Practitioner Program, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania. Faculty link.

Jerry C. Johnson, MD - Professor of Medicine, Division Chief of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Melissa G. Livney, PsyD - Clinical Psychologist, Section of Geriatric Psychiatry and the Penn Memory Center, University of Pennsylvania.

Joshua D. Uy, MD - Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatrics, Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Uy's blog.

Jean Yudin, CRNP - Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Division of Geriatrics, Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Additional Staff

John Seman - Program Coordinator, Geriatric Education Center of Greater Philadelphia, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Contact Us

Telephone: 215-898-5099
Email: gec-gp@uphs.upenn.edu