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Our History


The Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence, housed in the UI College of Nursing, is leading the way to support and improve the care of older adults throughout Iowa and beyond. As the only gerontological center at UI, the Csomay Center is built on a strong, 20 year foundation of funding and stands as a national model for centers of its kind. The Csomay Center began in 2017 from one of the five original Hartford Centers in the country. The John A. Hartford Foundation seed funding helped launch the Center
as a lead in geriatric research.

The Csomay Center is uniquely positioned; not only is the college at the forefront of aging-related research, education, and practice, but it also is located in a state that ranks fourth in the nation for people aged 75 and older, and second in the nation for people aged 85 and older. One goal of the Csomay Center is to ensure that the future of UI gerontological excellence is as bright as the past.

Leadership Team Members


 

Sato Ashida

Sato Ashida

Associate Professor, Department of Community and Behavioral Health, College of Public Health
Dayna Ballantyne

Dayna Ballantyne

University of Iowa Center for Advancement, Director of Development, College of Nursing
Harleah Buck

Harleah Buck

Sally Mathis Hartwig Professor in Gerontological Nursing, Director of the Csomay Center, College of Nursing
Kathleen Buckwalter

Kathleen Buckwalter

Professor Emeritus, College of Nursing
Nick Butler

Nicholas Butler

Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine
Ryan Carnahan

Ryan Carnahan

Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health
Amy Colbert

Amy Colbert

Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship Tippie College of Business, Tippie College of Business
Juliana de Souza-Talarico

Juliana de Souza Talarico

Associate Professor, College of Nursing; Director, Csomay Community of Scholars
Keela Herr

Keela Herr

Kelting Professor in Nursing, Associate Dean for Faculty, Co-Director of the Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence
Wen Liu

Wen Liu

Associate Professor, College of Nursing
Kathryn Machovsky

Kathryn Machovsky

Executive Director of Communications, Alumni and External Relations, College of Nursing
Larry Newman

Larry Newman

Director of the Primary Care AGNP Program and Assistant Professor (Clinical), College of Nursing
Nadia Sabbagh Steinberg

Nadia Sabbagh Steinberg

Lecturer; Coordinator for Aging and Longevity Studies Program
Leonard Sandler

Leonard Sandler

Clinical Professor of Law, College of Law
Evelynn Stephens

Evelynn Stephens

Administrative Services Coordinator
Shalome Tonelli

Shalome Tonelli

Lecturer; Certification Center Coordinator