Dr. David B. Reuben is Director, Multicampus Program in Geriatrics Medicine and Gerontology, and Chief, Division of Geriatrics, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Health Sciences. He is the Archstone Foundation Chair and Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Director of the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program.
Dr. Reuben is a past President of the American Geriatrics Society and the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs. He served for eight years on the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Board of Directors, including as Chair from 2010 to 2011. From 2016 to 2022, Dr. Reuben served as a trustee of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation.
In 2000, Dr. Reuben received the Dennis H. Jahnigen Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to education in the field of geriatrics and, in 2008, he received the Joseph T. Freeman Award from the Gerontological Society of America. He was part of the team that received the 2008 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Research – Joint Commission and National Quality Forum, for Assessing Care of the Vulnerable Elderly. In 2012, he received the Henderson Award from the American Geriatrics Society.
In 2012, Dr. Reuben received one of the first CMMI Innovations Challenge awards to develop a model program to provide comprehensive, coordinated care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. In 2014, he was one of three principal investigators to be awarded a multicenter clinical trial (STRIDE) by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to reduce serious falls related injuries; it is the largest grant that PCORI has awarded. In 2018, he was awarded a multi-site PCORI- and NIA-funded pragmatic trial (D-CARE) to compare the effectiveness of health system-based dementia care versus community-based dementia care versus usual care. Dr. Reuben was co-chair of the 2020 National Research Summit in Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers. He is a member of the National Advisory Council on Aging for the National Institute on Aging.
Dr. Reuben continues to provide primary care for frail older persons, including attending on the inpatient geriatrics unit and making house calls. In his spare time, Dr. Reuben has written 8 plays and lyrics for more than 20 songs with composer Sidney Sharp. A compilation of the first 10 has been recorded.