Sharon K. Inouye, MD, MPH, MACP, is a recipient of a national award from the American College of Physicians

Dr. Sharon K. Inouye receives American College of Physicians’ highest honor

PHILADELPHIA — Sharon K. Inouye, MD, MPH, MACP, has been awarded the John Phillips Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Clinical Medicine by the American College of Physicians (ACP), a national organization of internal medicine physicians. Award recipients will be recognized at ACP’s annual convocation ceremony on Thursday, April 27, 2023, at the San Diego Convention Center, where ACP is hosting its annual scientific conference, Internal Medicine Meeting 2023, through April 29.

Established by ACP's Board of Regents in 1929, the John Phillips Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Clinical Medicine is given to internal medicine physicians in recognition of their innovative, impactful, and sustained contributions to the field. Clinical medicine includes all aspects of clinical research or the practice of medicine. 

Dr. Inouye is a noted leader in internal medicine, geriatrics, and clinical research known for her transformative contributions to the clinical care of older adults and the medical breakthroughs that followed. She is currently a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, where she also serves as Milton and Shirley F. Levy Family chair. Aside from Dr. Inouye’s work with Harvard Medical School, she is also the director of the Aging Brain Center at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, and the incoming editor in chief of JAMA Internal Medicine. 

For the past 30 years, she has been the pre-eminent investigator in the prevention of delirium and functional decline among elderly hospitalized patients. One of Dr. Inouye’s career accomplishments includes creating the Confusion Assessment Method, the most widely used instrument for identifying delirium in elderly hospitalized patients. She also developed the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP), a multicomponent strategy shown to reduce delirium by 40%. Dr. Inouye’s innovative work has led to over 400 publications and over 70,000 citations, changing the lives of millions of older adults worldwide. 

About Hebrew SeniorLife
Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is a national senior services leader uniquely dedicated to rethinking, researching, and redefining the possibilities of aging. Hebrew SeniorLife cares for more than 3,000 seniors a day across six campuses throughout Greater Boston. Locations include: Hebrew Rehabilitation Center-Boston and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center-NewBridge in Dedham; NewBridge on the Charles, Dedham; Orchard Cove, Canton; Simon C. Fireman Community, Randolph; Center Communities of Brookline, Brookline; and Jack Satter House, Revere. Founded in 1903, Hebrew SeniorLife also conducts influential research into aging at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, which has a portfolio of more than $63 million, making it the largest gerontological research facility in the U.S. in a clinical setting. It also trains more than 1,000 geriatric care providers each year. For more information about Hebrew SeniorLife, visit our website or follow us on our blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

About the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research
Scientists at the Marcus Institute seek to transform the human experience of aging by conducting research that will ensure a life of health, dignity, and productivity into advanced age. The Marcus Institute carries out rigorous studies that discover the mechanisms of age-related disease and disability; lead to the prevention, treatment, and cure of disease; advance the standard of care for older people; and inform public decision-making.

About the American College of Physicians
The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States with members in more than 145 countries worldwide. ACP membership includes 160,000 internal medicine physicians, related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. Follow ACP on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.