Chair of Geriatrics
Donald Jurivich, D.O.
Dr. Jurivich was named the Eva L. Gilbertson, M.D., Distinguished Chair of Geriatrics at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences in 2015. He is a nationally known and respected clinician who has conducted extensive research on aging and age-related diseases and their treatment. Dr. Jurivich works collaboratively with faculty and institutional leaders to further the Department of Geriatrics, and develop and provide oversight of the department's education, research, clinical care, training, and service programs. As chair, he works with the SMHS's clinical partners to innovatively meet the need for education and training of current and future health professionals to effectively serve an aging population.
Dr. Jurivich earned his osteopathic medicine doctorate from the Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency training was completed in internal medicine at Rush Medical Center in Chicago and the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., where he also completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine. Dr. Jurivich is a Diplomate in Geriatric Medicine, which he earned from the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Jurivich’s research and scholarly interests are Alzheimer’s and other chronic diseases of the elderly. He receives research support from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Aging (NIA)—the primary federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer's disease research—the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as medical research foundations. He has contributed to 47 publications on aging research and clinical care of the elderly. His award-winning research has received recognition from the NIA and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Dr. Jurivich is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, where he served on the board of directors, the American Medical Directors Association, the Illinois Geriatrics Society, the Gerontological Society of America, the Central Society for Clinical and Translational Research, American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, and the Institute of Medicine of Chicago.