In January 1998, The John A. Hartford, Inc. Foundation of New York named Baylor College of Medicine's Huffington Center on Aging as a "Center of Excellence" in geriatrics.
These centers are the core of the Hartford Foundation's "Academic Geriatric Recruitment Initiative", which seeks to recruit and train physicians to be leaders in academic geriatrics in the United States. Increasing numbers of academic geriatricians are needed to train our physicians of the future so that they may appropriately treat and care for the burgeoning number of older adults in our society.
The Hartford Foundation devotes the largest share of income derived from its assets to promoting academic geriatric programs in the United States. Center of Excellence awards are made on the basis of outstanding accomplishments in aging-related research, research training, education and service. This award is only one in a series of accolades the National Institute of Aging and other organizations have extended to the Huffington Center. These add to the prestige of Baylor College of Medicine and honor the center's faculty and faculty associates.
Since inception of the Baylor College of Medicine Center of Excellence in Geriatrics, continued funding has been maintained and activities overseen under the leadership of George E. Taffet, M.D., chief, Section of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, who serves as principal investigator, along with Anita Woods, Ph.D., who serves as co-principal investigator and program director.