Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) - VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
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Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)

VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System hosts a GRECC with divisions at Sepulveda and West Los Angeles. The GRECCs are designed to improve health care and quality of life to older veterans through the advancement and integration of research, education and clinical achievements in geriatrics and gerontology into the total VA health care system and broader communities.


The Need for Education in Geriatrics and Gerontology

The nation's population is aging. Older Americans are now living healthier, better quality lives through scientific interventions that effectively treat or delay disease onset. With increased life expectancy, the number of Americans age 85 and over is rapidly growing. The number of frail and more vulnerable older persons has also increased, yet there is a critical shortage of healthcare professionals trained in geriatrics.

The Needs of Older Veterans

The VA has long recognized geriatrics as a priority area. The demographic imperative of an aging population impacted the Veterans Health Affairs system earlier than the general healthcare community in the United States. Over the last decade, the number of older veterans has increased dramatically and so have their needs for support and healthcare. Older veterans, in contrast to younger veterans,

  • Use hospital resources 3-4 times more frequently.
  • Have a greater number of and more complex set of health conditions.
  • Suffer from more chronic, progressive, degenerative and permanent dysfunction, and have fewer economic and social resources to assist in caregiving.
  • Within the GLAHS, veterans over age 65 years represent 42% of the total patient population.

Education Products

Geriatric Assessment Guide: Pocket Guide 4th edition
Community-Based Elder Care: Pocket Guide
Geriatric Pain Management: Pocket Reference for VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Identifying Elder Abuse: Pocket Guide with reporting information for Southern California
Careers in Aging: Poster
Facts on Aging: Bookmark

For information, Contact MaryAlice Mesa at (818) 891-7711 Ext. 39311.

GRECC Phone Numbers

VA West Los Angeles Medical Center: (818) 891-7711 Ext.39311
VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center: (818) 891-7711 Ext.39311


Cathy A. Alessi, MD, Director, GRECC
Steven Castle, MD, Associate Director, Clinical Programs
Greg M. Cole, PhD, Associate Director for Research
B. Josea Kramer, PhD, Associate Director, Education and Evaluation
Eliot Mitchell, VHA-CM, Administrative Officer

Sally Frautschy, PhD
Jenice Guzman, GNP, PhD
Theodore J. Hahn, MD
Donna Henriques
Karen Camacho, MPH
Cathy C. Lee, MD
Jennifer Martin, PhD
Mary Alice Mesa
Elsa Murray, PhD
Samuel Murray, MD
Fern Pietruszka, PA
Mary D. Saliba, MD
Catherine Sarkisian, MD
Edmond H. Teng, MD
Nancy Weintraub, MD

Contact Info


  • VA West Los Angeles Medical Center
    VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 818-891-7711 Ext. 39311

Hours of Operation

  • M-F