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.
CALTCM Lifetime Achievement Award

Celebrating a Career of Superlative Leadership, Outstanding Achievements, and Visionary Contributions to Long Term Care

Dan Osterweil, MD, FACP, Msc Ed., CMD
Vice President and Medical Director of SCAN Health Plan, and Professor of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Osterweil completed a geriatrics fellowship at UCLA. He is the Emeritus-editor in chief of the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA), which he founded. He is a member of the editorial board of Caring for the Ages. Dr. Osterweil co-authored two editions of Medical Care in the Nursing Home, is the co-editor of Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment, and has published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals. His areas of expertise include cognitive and functional assessment, management of dementia, continuous quality improvement in the nursing home. 
Dr. Osterweil is Director of CALTCM’s Leadership and Management in Geriatrics (LMG) course and is Associate Director of the Multi-Campus Program in Geriatrics and Gerontology at UCLA (MPGMG). Dr. Osterweil served as geriatric consultant to SCAN for many years prior to joining SCAN full time. Among his many duties at SCAN, Dr. Osterweil leads SCAN’s senior-focused HealthCHEC - Comprehensive Health Evaluation Centers operations.
2021 CALTCM Leadership Award

The CALTCM Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made outstanding contributions in the areas of education, practice, administration or policy in long term care. This leadership is characterized by results of increased visibility of critical issues, creation of solutions to significant problems, and positive impacts on the overall quality of care in post acute and long term care.

In Recognition of Exemplary Leadership and Dedication in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care

CALTCM is proud to present the 2021 CALTCM Leadership Award to: 

Noah Marco, MD

Noachim (Noah) Steve Marco, M.D. serves as the chief medical officer for the Los Angeles Jewish Home and the Brandman Health Plan. He is also the executive director of the Brandman Research Institute and the medical director of our IPA, LAJH Medical Associates. Prior to joining the Home, Dr. Marco was the vice president of medical affairs at Northridge Hospital Medical Center (NHMC). At NHMC, he led numerous improvement efforts, served on a wide range of hospital, system-wide and community committees. Before NHMC, Dr. Marco was president of the medical staff of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Woodland Hills, California and chair of the Bioethics Committee. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, he was in private practice and was Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine at the USC School of Medicine.

With more than 30 years of experience as a physician, Dr. Marco is also a prolific writer, and a sought-after speaker. He has presented numerous lectures, and led workshops on a broad range of medical issues and topics that include elder care, clinician patient communication, and physician training. His podcast Who Cares? The future of home care is currently on I-tunes.

Dr. Marco’s expertise on caring for nursing home residents during the COVID-19 pandemic has been published by numerous print news agencies. In addition, he appeared on several news broadcasts, and has spoken on numerous healthcare webinars. He participated in several Delphi panels that led to published articles and letters to regulators. He currently serves on the Clinical Advisory Group of LeadingAge. The Clinical Advisory Group assists LeadingAge develop policy positions on issues that impact care for seniors and provider operations, and helps LeadingAge staff with their communication to federal agencies.  

The mayor of Los Angeles acknowledged Dr. Marco’s efforts to set the standards for COVID-19 testing in nursing facilities at a widely covered press conference.

He holds a Bachelor of Sciences Degree from UCLA, and his medical degree is from U.C. Davis. His Internal Medicine residency was at Children’s Hospital of San Francisco (now called California Pacific Hospital).  

CALTCM Wave Wellness Corner

Dear CALTCM Colleagues,

Welcome to the kickoff of the WAVE Wellness Corner! This new feature is a product of the CALTCM Wellness Committee and has been a year in the making, so we’re excited to share the first edition with you.

A little background … The Wellness Committee was formally approved by the CALTCM Board in early February 2020. Recognizing the increasing challenges in geriatric care and burnout among long term care physicians, clinicians and teams (even before Covid-19), we felt it was time for a proactive effort to support our members. Little did we dream that a pandemic would ravage our nation and impact our patients, staff, colleagues, families and ourselves to the extent that it did. 

Fast forward 16 months and the major impact of Covid-19 is thankfully behind us, but the need for resilience, recovery, and renewal are greater now than ever. With that in mind, our committee has created a “Moving Forward Together” campaign focused on addressing the unique needs of our members as we move ahead now. 

In concert with the “Healing Together” campaign created by AMDA’s Behavioral Health Advisory Council, our Wellness Corner logo reflects a systemic effort on both state and national levels to re-equilibrate, creating opportunities for reflection, dialogue, healing and growth. Ultimately, our focus is on renewing resilience and re-engagement with the joys of our life and work.

Looking forward, the Wellness Corner will focus on a specific topic related to Resilience each month over the next year, which will provide an opportunity for sharing unique and thought-provoking resources, articles, and ideas. 

In order to best address the needs of our members, we have created a brief survey, which will take no more than a few minutes to complete. We would greatly appreciate your time and participation, as this will help make our work more consistent with your needs. Results will be reported in the WAVE later this year. The survey can be accessed at

Finally, we would like to share a fabulous, free resource from UC Berkeley: The Greater Good Science Center

This website is chock full of interesting and inspiring articles, materials, courses, podcasts and a plethora of “good things” contributing to Wellness that we think you’ll enjoy. Make sure to check out their monthly “Happiness Calendar”.


On behalf of the Wellness Committee, thank you for your time and support as a member of CALTCM. We look forward to your thoughts, suggestions, and contributions to the Wellness Corner!


Pat Bach
Patricia L. Bach, PsyD, RN
Chair, CALTCM Wellness Committee
"Mom Behind Bars"
This was a picture I took in May of my 93-year-old mother-in-law who (along with all other long-term care residents) had been confined to her group home due to Covid-19. We could only visit her through the bars on her front door. We were not permitted entry and she was not allowed to come out to touch us or get a hug from us. She did not understand why this was happening or when it would end. The unhappy expression on her face speaks to the plight of these vulnerable elderly residents during Covid 19. It highlights the psychological impact Covid-19 has on older adults confined to long term care facilities. As a Geriatrician, this scene was heartbreaking and yet an honest depiction of what has been happening to these older adults.
Gary Salzman, MD, FACP
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