Robert M. Palmer, MD, MPH


Internal Medicine: Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology

Hofheimer Hall


Robert M. Palmer, MD, MPH, is the John Franklin Chair of Geriatrics and Director of the Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, where he is also Professor of Internal Medicine and Division Chief of Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Palmer has attained international attention for his research focused on improving the functional outcomes of hospitalization, patient safety and quality of care. He is the former Head of Geriatric Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic for 14 years. Prior to his arrival in Norfolk, he was the Clinical Director of Geriatric Medicine and Vice-Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Palmer is the author of numerous publications including research articles, geriatric books, book chapters, and scientific reviews. Dr. Palmer is Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). He is the Chair of the AGS Special Interest Group, Acute Hospital Care. In May 2015, he received the prestigious Edward Henderson Award from the AGS in recognition of his contributions to the field in education, clinical service and research.

He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor and completed an Internal Medicine Residency at the Los Angeles County, University of Southern California Medical Center. He completed a Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at UCLA, where he also received a Masters of Public Health (MPH).

Dr. Palmer is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a Diplomat in Geriatric Medicine. He has received numerous awards including the Special Recognition Award from the American Geriatrics Society in 2009 for service on Clinical Practice and Models of Care, Top Doctor Recognition Awards, Teacher of the Year in Geriatrics from the Cleveland Clinic, and he has been a presenter at the White House Conference on Aging on Geriatric Healthcare Workforce Issues.

Dr. Palmer's research interests include reducing functional disability in hospitalized elderly patients, improving transitions of care across the care continuum and patient safety. His clinical interests include treating patients with memory loss and frailty and performing geriatric assessments.

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Practice Locations

825 Fairfax Avenue
Suite 201
Hofheimer Hall

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