MIAMI – LeadingAge, a national organization dedicated to making America a better place to grow old, has named Miami Jewish Health Systems, Marc Agronin, M.D., the recipient of its 2013 Excellence in Research and Education Award. The award annually recognizes individuals and non-profit organizations across the country that expands the world of possibilities for aging. Dr. Agronin, who has served as Miami Jewish Health Systems Medical Director for Memory Health and Memory Programs since 1999, focuses his work on the positive elements behind aging and combating Alzheimer’s and other related memory disorders.
“On behalf of the entire organization, we are so very proud of Marc and the exemplary work he has done for Miami Jewish Health Systems, the patients he’s treated and lives he’s been able to improve,” says Jeffrey P. Freimark, President and CEO of Miami Jewish Health Systems. “As one of 17 board-certified geriatric psychiatrists in the state, we’ve always known Marc was in rarified air, but this award ― given out by his peers and other aging experts across the county ― is one I know he is truly humbled by and proud to receive.”
In addition to his role overseeing the Mental Health and Memory Center at Miami Jewish Health Systems, Dr. Agronin has served as a principal investigator for dozens of clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease, age-related depression, psychosis and behavioral disturbances. In September 2013, Miami Jewish Health Systems opened the Girsh Memory Enrichment Institute, of which Dr. Agronin not only chairs but also oversaw its design and staffing. Dr. Agronin is also the author of the acclaimed book How We Age: A Doctor’s Journey into the Heart of Growing Old .
Dr. Agronin graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in psychology and philosophy, and then received his medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Agronin then trained in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General) and later completed a fellowship at the V.A. Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN.