Kenneth Covinsky, MD, MPH
|School||School of Medicine|
|Address||490 Illinois Street|
San Francisco CA 94158
|Phone||415-221-4810 ext. 24363|
|University of Illinois, Urbana||B.S.||05/1984||Biochemistry|
|University of California, San Francisco||M.D.||1988|| Medicine|
|Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore||06/1991||Internal Medicine Residency|
|Beth Israel Hospital, Boston||06/1991||General Internal Medicine Fellowship|
|Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston||M.P.H.||06/1991||Quantitative Methods|
|1999||Paul Beeson Faculty Scholar in Aging Research|
|Bay Area Clinical Research Symposium||2005||Clinical Research Mentor of the Year|
|Society of General Internal Mediine||2007||Mid Career Research Mentorship Award|
|2007||American Society For Clinical Investigation|
|University of California, San Francisco||2015||Hal Luft Award for Mentoring in Outcomes and Policy Research|
|University of California, San Francisco||2018||Academic Senate Distinction In Mentoring Award|
Dr. Covinsky is a clinician-researcher in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics. His research seeks to understand the factors that lead to disability in older persons and to improve the quality of life of those with older age disability and their caregivers. He holds the Edmund G. Brown, Sr Distinguished Professorship in Geriatrics and is Principal Investigator of the UCSF Older Americans Independence Center.
Dr. Covinsky was born in Chicago and is a proud Chicago Cubs fan. The 2016 World Series proved all dreams are possible. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois, medical school at UCSF, internal medical training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the Beth Israel Hospital, and an MPH degree at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Covinsky was recruited back to UCSF in 1988 to lead the research program of the UCSF Geriatrics Division. His nationally recognized research has transformed our understanding of the determinants and outcomes of disability in older persons. His pioneering descriptions of hospital acquired disability have brought attention to the detrimental impacts of hospitalization on the ability of older persons to function independently. He is a national leader in the science of prognostication in older persons, and his work has proven that patient-centered measures of day-day function are crucial determinant of health outcomes in older persons.
Dr. Covinsky is passionate about mentoring the future leaders of aging research. He has received the UCSF Hal Luft Award for Mentoring in Outcomes and Policy Research and the UCSF Academic Senate Distinction in Mentoring Award. He is proud of his mentees whose creative and innovative research has transformed our understanding of how to improve health care in older persons. His greatest source of pride is that many of his former mentees are now exceptional mentors themselves, also recipients of the local and national mentoring awards, and contribute to a generative culture that makes UCSF the best place to develop a career in aging research.
Dr. Covinsky is Principal Investigator of the UCSF Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC), a National Institute on Aging Funded Pepper Center. The UCSF OAIC supports and mentors UCSF researchers who are passionate about reducing and palliating disability in older persons, particularly those who have medical or socio-economic vulnerabilities. The UCSF Pepper Center provides mentorship to clinical and outcomes researchers across UCSF Departments and Programs and our goal is promote excellence in aging research and care across all medical specialties
Dr. Covinsky attends on the Medical Service and cares for patients in the Geriatrics clinic at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. He is an Associate Editor at JAMA-Internal Medicine and has served as chair of the Clinical Aging Study section at the National Institute on Aging.