Director of the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program
Naushira Pandya is professor and chair of the Department of Geriatrics at the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine and the project director of the Health Resources and Services Administration-funded Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program. She is a certified medical director and a geriatrics fellowship program director at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center.
Pandya has an active clinical practice and teaches health professions students, residents, and fellows. In addition, she collaborates with health professionals in clinical research. The focus of her publications has been on the care of frail older adults, especially those with diabetes. She is board certified in internal medicine, geriatrics, endocrinology, and metabolism.She is past president of the American Medical Directors Association National Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine and past chair of the Interdisciplinary Clinical Practice Committee. She has participated in the development of multiple clinical guidelines and position statements and is recognized for her work in the area of diabetes in the elderly. Pandya also holds the distinction of being a Fulbright Senior Specialist Scholar.
Dr. Desiree Simon has extensive clinical experience combined with administrative oversight and staff leadership resulting in high-performing medical units with exceptional quality and service standards. Her professional experience includes over 20 years of acute care nursing (Critical Care, Oncology, Long-Term Acute Care, Orthopedics & Rehabilitation, and Community Health), in addition to clinical informatics, public health, as well as 15 years of experience as a Nurse-Physician liaison.