- aging, Blacks or African Americans, chronic disease, dementia, disability, underserved & vulnerable
Dr. Cummings-Vaughn is the Medical Director of the Stay Healthy Clinic, a clinic created by a Barnes-Jewish Hospital initiative to decrease re-hospitalization in those older adults at greatest risk. She also sees patients in the Older Adult Assessment Clinic located in the Center for Advanced Medicine on the Washington University Center Campus. Additionally, Dr. Cummings-Vaughn is also an attending on the inpatient geriatric consult service at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Dr. Cummings-Vaughn is primarily interested in factors affecting disability and morbidity in vulnerable older adult populations. She has evaluated epidemiological studies for the effect of testosterone and vitamin D on mortality in older African Americans and is also interested in studying factors that affect rehospitalization in older adults. Since many vulnerable older adults with high health care utilization and risk for disability are ethnic or racial minorities, she is also interested in the field of ethnogeriatrics. Dr. Cummings-Vaughn develops and provides geriatric medical and interdisciplinary education to students, residents, and fellows.
Dr. Cummings-Vaughn belongs to Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging and is currently involved in memory care and home solutions.