Bios of Current Members

Knight Steel, MD

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Dr. Steel is presently chief emeritus, Geriatrics, Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA. He received his BA from Yale University and his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He was chief, Geriatrics Section, Department of Medicine and professor of medicine and socio-medical science, Boston University School of Medicine, prior to assuming the position of chief, Health of the Elderly Programme, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Steel has served as president of the American Geriatrics Society and as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He chaired the first Examination Committee for Geriatric Medicine for the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Family Practice. He was awarded the Geriatric Medicine Academic Award by the National Institute on Aging and was the first house officer to receive a Distinguished Service Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995. The R. Knight Steel Award for excellence in Geriatric Medicine was established in 1991 at Boston University. Dr. Steel was one of the cofounders of interRAI and has worked on the home care, acute care and palliative care instruments. He is the treasurer for interRAI-USA.

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