Dr. Bruce Troen is Professor and Chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine within the Department of Medicine at the University at Buffalo. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Geriatrics. In addition to being the Director of the Center of Excellence in Alzheimer’s Disease, Dr. Troen is the Director of the Center for Successful Aging at the University at Buffalo. He is also a physician-investigator with the Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System (VAWNYHS) and is presently on staff at the VAWNYHS. Dr. Troen has served on the faculty of the University of Michigan, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and the University of Miami where he served as Interim Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology.
As a physician-scientist-educator, Dr. Troen formally trained in geriatrics and molecular biology with major foci on osteoporosis, aging mechanisms, longevity, and frailty, all of which contribute to morbidity in the elderly. Dr. Troen is also very interested in the impact of vitamin D supplementation in humans, which may be only one component of critical nutritional aspects that can modulate healthy aging. His active basic and translational scientific research program has garnered support from the National Institutes of Health, Veterans Affairs, New York State, as well as private foundations.
Dr. Troen has over 25 years of experience as a front line clinical geriatrician caring for the elderly and persons with dementia. He is dedicated to interdisciplinary team-based holistic person centered care. Focused on advancing the clinical education of medical providers, Dr. Troen is active in the clinical setting, presenting formal and informal lectures locally and nationally. He also contributes to the development and delivery of symposia at national meetings. Dr. Troen has successfully worked in multiple collaborative settings, including but not limited to, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Program Committee for the annual scientific meeting of the American Geriatrics Society.
As both a clinician and an academic geriatrician scholar, Dr. Troen seeks to enhance the quality of life of dementia patients and their families by providing interdisciplinary team based holistic clinical services, support and training to patients, family members, caregivers, and health care providers. The goals and activities of the Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease are aligned with the mission of increasing recognition and screening for cognitive impairment and dementia and in providing a pathway for patients and caregivers to receive the best possible primary and referral care.