James T. Pacala, MD, MS

Professor and Associate Head Department of Family Medicine and Community Health University of Minnesota Medical School

Fellowship Placement: US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Sub-Committee on Primary Health and Aging

Dr. Pacala, a board-certified family physician and geriatrician, is Distinguished Teaching Professor and Associate Head in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is a past President and Board Chair of the American Geriatrics Society. He has performed research and published extensively on models of care delivery to geriatric populations and on innovative teaching methods. In addition to his research publications, Dr. Pacala has served as co-author of the AGS practice handbook, Geriatrics At Your Fingertips, which is now in its 15th edition. Dr. Pacala was co-Editor-In-Chief of the AGS comprehensive geriatrics resource, the Geriatrics Review Syllabus 7th Edition, which was published in 2010. Dr. Pacala has received several awards for his research, teaching, and clinical care, including the American Geriatrics Society’s Outstanding Achievement for Clinical Investigation Award (2002), the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award (1999), the University of Minnesota’s All-University Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education Teaching Award (2002), and the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center Award for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching (2009). He received his baccalaureate degree from Carleton College and his MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. After completing a residency in Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin/Madison, Dr. Pacala obtained a Masters degree in chronic disease epidemiology from Brown University, and completed two fellowships, one in Health Services Research in Gerontology (at Brown) and the other in clinical geriatrics (at the University of Connecticut). He has been on the faculty at the University of Minnesota since 1992.