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Elizabeth A.

Clinical Faculty
Clinical Research
Health Services Research
Medical Director, Fall Prevention Clinic
Director, Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center
Sites of Practice
Harborview Medical Center


Elizabeth A. Phelan, MD, MS, is Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Health Services at the University of Washington and Affiliate Investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute. She is the founding Director of the Fall Prevention Clinic at Harborview Medical Center, in continuous operation since 2005. Dr. Phelan is also Project Director for the Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center. She is a clinically active, fellowship-trained geriatrician who practices in both inpatient and outpatient settings and trains health sciences students in the care of the older adult.

Education & Training

  • Fellowship, University of Washington, Seattle WA (1998-2000)
  • MSPH, University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle WA (1998)
  • Residency, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC (1992-1995)
  • MD, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston MA (1992)
  • College, Wellesley College, Wellesley MA (1986)

Research Interests

Dr. Phelan's research broadly aims to promote health and prevent functional decline of community-dwelling elders through improving the quality of care for geriatric syndromes (falls, dementia, depression). She has tested healthcare-system-embedded and community-based interventions of patient-centered health promotion programs and services for geriatric syndromes and has expertise in health outcomes assessment. She is a national authority on falls and fall prevention and worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop the Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries (STEADI) fall prevention tool kit for healthcare providers.


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