Mindy J. Fain, MD

Professor, Medicine 
Section Chief, Geriatrics / General Medicine / Palliative Medicine
Associate Professor, Nursing
Executive Director of Practice, Innovation in Health Sciences
Co-Director, Arizona Center on Aging

  • New York University Washington Square College of Arts & Sciences, 1973 (AB, Biology)
  • New York University School of Medicine, 1977 (M.D.)
  • University Hospital of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH, 1977-1980 (Residency, Medicine)
  • University Hospital of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH, 1980-1981 (Fellow, Infectious Disease)
Honors and Awards: 
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1973
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (Medical Honor Society), 1977
  • Citation for Demonstrated Excellence in End-of-Life Care, National Coalition on Health, 2000
  • Care and Institute of Health Care Improvement, Profiled in Monograph: Promises to Keep, National Coalition of Health Care (NCHC) and Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI): Citation for Demonstrated Excellence in End of Life Care (Home-based Primary Care program), 2000
  • Geriatrician of the Year, Arizona Geriatrics Society, 2000
  • Cited for Excellence in End of Life Care. Breakthrough Series Collaborative on Improving Care for Patients with Advanced CHF and COPD. Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Center to Improve Care for the Dying and Department of Veterans Affairs, 2000
  • Under Secretary for Health Award, Clinical Programs of Excellence in Home Based Primary Care, 2003
  • Local Legend from Arizona, recognition by U. S. Congressman Jim Kolbe and the American Medical Women's Association, 2003
  • Certificate of Honor from the University of Arizona for Outstanding Achievements that Bring Prestige and Recognition to the University of Arizona, 2003-204
  • Hartford Geriatric Leadership Scholar Award, 2004-2007
  • Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centers Course, Harvard School of Public Health, 2005
  • Dean's List for Excellence in Teaching in the Clinical Sciences, 2007
Major Areas of Research Interest: 
Mindy J. Fain, MD is Director of the Arizona Geriatric Education Center (AzGEC). She is also Section Head for Geriatrics and Gerontology at the University of Arizona, Associate Professor of Medicine and Nursing, University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine and Nursing, and Medical Director for the Home-based Primary Care Program at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, recognized nationally for her contributions in education, clinical care, and program development. She is a member of the College of Medicine Curriculum Committee and Director of the Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics, a prestigious educational grant awarded by the D. W. Reynolds Foundation to improve physician’s training in geriatrics.
The Arizona Geriatric Education Center's activities focus on the health and health-related problems of Arizona's vulnerable older adults including those who: (1) have migrant status; (2) live near the Mexican border; (3) are members of an ethnic minority group, particularly Native Americans and Mexican Americans living in southern Arizona; and (4) are frail and/or of advanced years (people over the age of 85).
Selected Publications: 
Fain, M.: Visiting nurse programs, sub-acute care and home health care: The expanding paradigm. In Becker, R., & J. Alpert (Eds.), Cardiovascular medicine: Practice and management, 2001.
Fain, M.: Should older drivers have to prove that they are able to drive? Controversies in Internal Medicine. Archives of Internal Medicine, 163, 2126-2132, 2003.
Budhiraja, B., Van Wyck, D., Fain, M.: Chronic kidney disease in the elderly. Journal of the Arizona Geriatrics Society, 11(1), 15-17, 2007.
Demeure, M., Fain, M.: The elderly surgical patient and postoperative delirium. Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 203(5), 752-757, 2007.
Monday, March 5, 2018