University of California San Francisco

About Us

About Us


UCSF Center for Surgery in Older Adults transforms surgical care so that older adults can achieve their treatment goals and maintain independence and vitality. 


Providing patient-centered surgical care in the older adult by:

  • Individualizing and enhancing risk communication between patients and their care providers
  • Fostering patient-centered surgical decision-making so that patients can achieve their goals before and after surgery
  • Helping patients get fit for surgery
  • Delivering perioperative care that incorporate best practices in geriatric surgery
  • Facilitating safe transitions to home and independence after surgery

Pioneering care improvement in older surgical patients by:

  • Identifying and refining best practices in geriatric surgery through outcomes assessment, comparative effectiveness analyses, and interventional trials
  • Discover barriers to delivery of optimal care and improve implementation of interdisciplinary patient-centered surgical care for older adults 

Providing training in geriatric surgery principles and practices by creating educational programs to train future care providers by:

  • Innovating new models of interdisciplinary care training where trainees across disciplines learn side by side to care for older surgical patients