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We invite the brightest minds in geriatrics, hospice, and palliative care to talk about the topics that you care most about, ranging from recently published research in the field to controversies that keep us up at night. You’ll laugh, learn and maybe sing along. Hosted by Eric Widera and Alex Smith.


Together, Alex and Eric co-founded the GeriPal blog and podcast, as well as ePrognosis, an online set of prognostic calculators for the elderly.

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Alex Smith

Alex Smith is a palliative medicine physician-researcher and Professor of Medicine in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics. Alex’s research is focused on improving quality of life and patient-physician communication for older adults, particularly those with a limited prognosis. Alex directs the UCSF T32 NIA-funded Aging Research Fellowship and serves as Executive Editor at the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Find him on Twitter at @AlexSmithMD.

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Eric Widera

Eric Widera is a clinician-educator in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California San Francisco, where he serves in various leadership roles, including Director of the Hospice & Palliative Care Service at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and Associate Program Director for the Geriatrics Fellowship at UCSF. He is also on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  Find him on Twitter at @EWidera.

Production Credits

  • Tim Stück: Geripal’s Audio & Video Editor/Guru.


  • GeriPal has been mentioned in the NY TimesMSNBC, and the Lancet
  • GeriPal has been the focus of workshops at AGS, SGIM, and AAHPM annual meetings.

GeriPal Policies

  • No confidential patient information should be placed on GeriPal, nor should any confidential information be placed in the comments.
  • This web site does NOT accept advertisements.
  • All email addresses collected by GeriPal for feed distribution will be kept confidential and will never be used for commercial reasons.
  • The editors reserve the right to remove comments that are deemed inappropriate due to the commercial, abusive, or offensive nature of a comment. If you think your comment was deleted for inappropriate reasons, please email either Alex or Eric regarding your concern.
  • The information provided on GeriPal is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between a patient and and his/her own medical providers.

Further Information

GeriPal was created with the support of the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. Its content though is strictly the work of its authors and has no affiliation with or support from any organization or institution. All opinions expressed on this website are solely those of its authors and do not reflect the opinions of any academic institution or medical center. If you reproduce the material on the website please cite appropriately.

For questions regarding the site please email Alex Smith, MD ( or Eric Widera, MD (

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