CSHIIP Leadership | Debra Saliba, MD, MPH, AGSF - Center for Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy
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CSHIIP Leadership | Debra Saliba, MD, MPH, AGSF


Debra Saliba, MD, MPH

Debra Saliba, M.D., M.P.H., A.G.S.F.

Associate Director for Education, VA HSR&D Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Core Investigator


Email: Debra.Saliba@va.gov


Dr. Debra Saliba is the Associate Director for Education, overseeing our VA fellowship programs directly (Veterans Administration Health Services Research Fellowship & the National Clinician Scholars Program) and through others (Veterans Administration Women’s Health & Associated Health Fellows). A former VA HSR&D Career Development Awardee and current President of the American Geriatrics Society, she is an internationally recognized expert in geriatrics and a physician with the VA Geriatric Research and Education Clinical Center (GRECC). She is the Center’s Long Term Care/Aging Strategic Program Area Lead, a VA GLA Healthcare System and UCLA Professor of Medicine, Director of the UCLA Borun Center for Gerontological Research and RAND Senior Scientist.

Selected Publications

Beckett MK, Elliot MN, Haviland AM, Burkhart Q, Gaillot S, Montfort A, Saliba D. Living Alone and Patient Care Experiences: The Role of Gender in a National Sample of Medicare Beneficiaries. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2015 Oct;70(10): 1242-7. Epub 2015 Apr 13.

Shier V, Khodyakov D, Cohen LW, Zimmerman S, Saliba D. What Does the Evidence Really Say about Culture Change in Nursing Homes? Gerontologist. 2014 Feb;54 Suppl 1:S6-S16.

Saliba D, Buchanan J. Making the Investment Count: Revision of the Minimum Data Set for Nursing Homes, MDS 3.0. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2012 Sep; 13(7):602-10.

Elliott MN, Haviland AM, Cleary PD, Zazlavsky AM, Farley DO, Klein DJ, Edwards CA, Beckett MK, Orr N, Saliba D. Care Experiences of Managed Care Medicare Enrollees Near the End of Life.J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Mar;61(3):407-412.

Sangl J, Saliba D, Gifford DR, Hittle DF. Challenges in Measuring Nursing Home and Home Health Quality: Lessons from the First National Healthcare Quality Report. Med Care. 2005 Mar; 43(3 Suppl): I24-32.

Saliba D, Buchanan J, Kingston RS. Function and Response of Nursing Facilities During Community Disaster. Am J Public Health. 2004 Aug;94(8): 1436-41.

Saliba D, Elliott M, Rubenstein LZ, Solomon DH, Young RT, Kamberg CJ, Roth C, MacLean CH, Shekelle PG, Sloss EM, Wenger NS. The Vulnerable Elders Survey: A Tool for Identifying Vulnerable Older People in the Community. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2001 Dec;49(12): 1691-9.

Saliba D, Kington R, Buchanan J, Bell R; Wang M, Lee M, Herbst M, Lee D, Sur D, Rubenstein L. Appropriateness of the Decision to Transfer Nursing Facility Residents to the Hospital. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Feb 2000; 48(2): 154-163.


Last Updated: July 12, 2017