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photo Lena K. Makaroun, MD, MS


Core Investigator, VA Pittsburgh Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion


Phone: 412-360-2253

Office: VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
University Drive C (151C), Building #30
Pittsburgh, PA 15240
Phone: 412-360-2253
Administrative Assistant:
Beth Delk
Address: 3471 Fifth Ave, Suite 500
Kaufmann Medical Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-864-2507
Fax: 412-692-2370
Education and Training
•MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2012
•MS, University of Washington School of Public Health, 2018
•Internal Medicine Residency, University of California, San Francisco, 2015
•Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco, 2016
•Post-doctoral research fellowship, VA Puget Sound and VA Pittsburgh, 2019
Research Interest
As a Geriatrics Health Services Researcher at the VA Pittsburgh Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion and a Pepper Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Center, I study social influences ("determinants") of health for older adults, with a particular focus on inter-personal violence, elder abuse, trauma and caregiving. I have an additional interest in studying firearm ownership and safety in older adults with dementia. My work focuses on improving detection of elder abuse and developing evidence-based, multi-disciplinary interventions to improve outcomes for this population.
Clinical Interest
I love seeing my older adult patients both in outpatient geriatric primary care and consult clinic, as well as in the inpatient setting. It is a privilege to take care of older Veterans at the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System as a large part of my clinical practice.
Educational Interest
I enjoy teaching students, residents and fellows about the unique considerations and holistic approach needed when caring for complex older adults, particularly attending to the social factors that heavily impact health and well-being for us all as we age.
Selected Publications:
Makaroun, L.K., Taylor, L., Rosen, T. Veterans Experiencing Elder Abuse: Improving Care for a High-Risk Population About Which Little is Known. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2018; 66(2): 389-393.
Makaroun, L.K., Teno, J.M., Freedman, V.A., Kasper, J.D., Gozalo, P., Mor, V. Late Transitions and Bereaved Family Member Perceptions of Quality of End-of-Life Care. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2018; 66(9): 1730-1736.
Rosen, T., Makaroun, L.K., Conwell, Y., Betz, M.E. Violence In Older Adults: Scope, Impact, Challenges, And Strategies For Prevention. Health Affairs (Project Hope). 2019; 38(10): 1630-1637.
Makaroun, L.K., Brignone, E., Rosland, A.M., Dichter, M.E. Association of Health Conditions and Health Service Utilization With Intimate Partner Violence Identified via Routine Screening Among Middle-Aged and Older Women. JAMA Network Open. 2020; 3(4).
Makaroun, L.K., Bachrach, R.L., Rosland, A.M. Elder Abuse in the Time of COVID-19-Increased Risks for Older Adults and Their Caregivers. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2020; 28(8): 876-880.
Makaroun, L.K., Beach, S., Rosen, T., Rosland, A.M. Changes in Elder Abuse Risk Factors Reported by Caregivers of Older Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2021; 69(3): 602-603.
Rosen, T., Wen, K., Makaroun, L.K., Elman, A., Zhang, Y., Jeng, P.J., LoFaso, V.M., Lachs, M.S., Clark, S., Bao, Y. Diagnostic Coding of Elder Mistreatment: Results From a National Database of Medicare Advantage and Private Insurance Patients, 2011-2017. Journal of Applied Gerontology: The Official Journal of the Southern Gerontological Society. 2021.
Makaroun, L.K., Thorpe, C.T., Mor, M.K., Zhang, H., Lovelace, E., Rosen, T., Dichter, M., Rosland, A.M. Medical and Social Factors Associated with Referral for Elder Abuse Services in a National Healthcare System. The Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. 2021.