CALTCM Research Award

For Exceptional Leadership and Outstanding Contributions to Research and Education to Long Term Care

Debra Saliba, MD, MPH, AGSF
Dr. Saliba is a Professor of Medicine at UCLA where she directs the UCLA/Jewish Home Borun Center for Gerontological Research. Dr. Saliba also serves as Associate Director for Education in the Los Angeles VA HSR&D Center of Innovation where she directs the Los Angeles VA National Clinician Scholars Program and the VA Advanced Fellowship in Health Services Research. She is also a senior natural scientist at RAND. Dr. Saliba currently serves as co-chair of the Geriatrics and Extended Care Council for the VA National Work Group to modernize VA’s electronic health record.
An author of over 160 research and educational publications, Dr. Saliba has created tools and knowledge that can be applied to improving quality of care and quality of life for vulnerable older adults and adults with long-term care needs across the care continuum. Her research, funded by CMS, VA HSR&D, AHRQ, NIH, ASPE, California DHHS and several foundations, has addressed a range of clinical, quality and public health topics including inappropriate re-hospitalizations, nursing home staffing, disaster planning and response, patient safety, quality of care metrics for vulnerable adults, home and community based LTSS, and the development of models to predict functional decline and death. A major theme of this work, including development of the VES-13 Survey and her leadership of the national revision of the Minimum Data Set for Nursing Homes (MDS 3.0), has been giving voice to older adults & persons with disabilities in assessments of their health and healthcare.
Dr. Saliba is a past President and Board Chair of the American Geriatrics Society and her research has been recognized by VA HSR&D, the American Geriatrics Society, and the Journal of American Medical Directors Association. In addition to her recent selection to the National Academy of Science Committee on Nursing Home Quality, Dr. Saliba serves on the CMS Nursing Home 5-Star Technical Advisory Panel, the National Quality Forum (NQF) Committee on Person and Family Centered Care and the NQF committee on Post- acute and Long-term care. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association and The Gerontologist and as Deputy Editor of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.