Theresa A. Allison, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics, with a secondary appointment in Family and Community Medicine. She completed both MD and PhD (in Musicology) through the University of Illinois Medical Scholars Program. She completed family practice residency (2005) and geriatric fellowship (2006) at UCSF, with added qualifications in hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Allison’s research interests sit at the intersections of geriatrics, palliative care, medical humanities and health sciences. Her research areas include the potential for music to improve quality of life in diverse dementia caregiving relationships in the home and nursing home; and the perceived health benefits of singing in senior center choirs. Her clinical practice is located at the San Francisco VA Health Care System, where she works in Home Based Primary Care Program (HBPC), providing home-based medical care to vulnerable older veterans.