Hillary Lum, MD, PhD

Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Colorado

Hillary Lum, MD, PhD (non-residential fellow) conducts patient-centered outcomes research to improve advance care planning for older adults. She is a geriatrician, palliative medicine physician, and Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and physician investigator at the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Denver, CO. Her goals are to conduct high-quality research that improves advance care planning for older adults and their family members, and leads to healthcare system, local, state, and national policies to promote effective advance care planning processes. Her current research focuses on an innovative Advance Care Planning Group Medical Visit as a model of studying how to develop and implement real-world interventions for engaging older adults in advance care planning. As a Health and Aging Policy Fellow, she will be placed at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, which administers Colorado Medicaid. She will focus on identifying meaningful and measurable quality indicators for older adults across several state government services as part of The Colorado Opportunity Project. Her work will lead to improved effectiveness and efficiency in programs that serve vulnerable older adults. Her mentor is Judy Zerzan (chief medical officer at Colorado Medicaid and HAPF alumna).