The TGB Geriatrician, Dr. Bill Thomas
Dr. Bill Thomas contributes a bi-monthly column, The TGB Geriatrician, to Time Goes By, about elder health issues. It appears during the first and third weeks of each month.
Dr. Bill Thomas is an international authority on geriatric medicine and eldercare. He is a professor at the Erickson School and has been heavily involved in the culture change movement to promote elderhood as an honorable and valuable position in our society.
He is the founder of the Eden Alternative, a philosophy and program that de-institutionalized nursing homes world-wide over the past 20 years. Most recently he developed the Green House, a radically new approach to long-term care where nursing homes are torn down and replaced with small, home-like environments where people can live a full and interactive life.
In 2005, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced a five-year, ten million dollar grant to support the launch of Green House projects in all fifty states.
Dr. Thomas graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1986, and was selected by the Mead Johnson Foundation as one of the top Family Medicine residents in the country during his three-year residency at the University of Rochester.
He earned board certification in Family Medicine in 1992, and added a certificate in Geriatrics in 1994. Dr. Thomas also maintains a part-time appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor in Family Medicine for Upstate Medical Center.
In addition to writing The TGB Geriatrician column for Time Goes By, Dr. Thomas blogs at Changing Aging.