Hillary Lum, MD, PhD, conducts patient-centered outcomes research to improve advance care planning for older adults. She is a geriatrician, palliative medicine physician, and Associate 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, Aurora, 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 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 was placed at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, which administers Colorado Medicaid. She focused on identifying meaningful and measurable quality indicators for older adults across several state government services as part of The Colorado Opportunity Project. Her mentor was Dr. Judy Zerzan (chief medical officer at Colorado Medicaid and HAPF alumna).
Why I Applied to be a Fellow
"My Fellowship opportunity exponentially expanded my learning and experience in how to engage in health policy reform for older adults in meaningful ways. Now, a few years later, I believe I play my 'same' academic geriatric role in a significantly improved and hopefully more thoughtful and influential way."
Colorado Medicaid/Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)