Bruce R. Troen MD

Bruce Troen

Bruce R. Troen
MD

Professor of Medicine & Chief, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

Department of Medicine

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

Geriatric Medicine

Contact Information
UB-CTRC Room 8030 F
875 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: (716) 888-4865
troen@buffalo.edu


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Professional Summary:

Bruce R. Troen, MD, is professor and chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine in the Department of Medicine, a physician-investigator with the Western New York VA Healthcare System, and Chief of Geriatric Services at Erie County Medical Center. Dr. Troen is a thought leader in aging-related geroscience and molecular biology and regional leader in geriatric care. He founded and directs the Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease of Western New York and the Center for Successful Aging at the University at Buffalo.

Dr. Troen is a physician-scientist formally trained in geriatrics and molecular biology, a Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society, and has been a VA physician-investigator for more than 30 years. He was recently Co-Chair of the NIA/AGS conference on Osteoporosis and Soft Tissue (Muscle and Fat) Disorders and was honored in 2020 to receive a University at Buffalo Exceptional Scholar – Sustained Achievement Award.

Dr. Troen has several major foci of research: frailty, longevity/aging mechanisms, and osteoporosis, all of which result in great morbidity in older adults. He and his team have been elucidating what interventions can enhance physical performance, mobility, and cognition, particularly in those who are frail. Their study on high intensity interval training was profiled in the New York Times. Dr. Troen is the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on biomedical translational grants from the NIH, VA, NY State Department of Health, and the State University of New York.

Education and Training:

  • Fellowship, Geriatrics, University of Michigan School of Medicine (1990)
  • Fellowship, Molecular Biology, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, NCI, NIH (1988)
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Barnes Hospital (1984)
  • MD, Harvard Medical School, Cum Laude (1981)
  • Biochemistry, Harvard College, Cum Laude (1976)

Employment:

  • Director, University at Buffalo Center of Excellence for Alzheimer‘s Disease Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2018-present)
  • Director, University at Buffalo Center for Successful Aging (2016-present)
  • Director, Geriatric Services, Erie County Medical Center (2015-present)
  • Chief, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2013-present)
  • Physician-Investigator, VA Western New York Healthcare System (VAWNYHS) (2013-present)
  • Professor, Department of Medicine, University at Buffalo University of Buffalo (2013-present)
  • Director, Medicine, University at Buffalo Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Co-Director, University at Buffalo Center of Excellence for Alzheimer‘s Disease Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2016–2018)
  • Professor of Medicine, Geriatrics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine University of Miami (2007–2013)
  • Physician-Investigator, Miami VA Healthcare System (2002–2013)
  • Associate Professor, Geriatrics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine University of Miami (2002–2007)
  • Associate Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2000–2002)
  • Physician-Invesigator, Bronx VA Medical Center (2000–2002)
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Awards and Honors:

  • UB Exceptional Scholar Sustained Achievement Award (2020)
  • Senior Leadership Award, Amherst Senior Citizens Foundation (2018)
  • American Geriatrics Society Fellow (2015)
  • Best Paper Award, Biology of Aging - American Geriatrics Society (2002)
  • Bristol Myers Award for Excellence in Oncology Research (1991)

Research Expertise:

  • Biology of Aging
  • Frailty
  • Geriatrics & Gerontology
  • Osteoporosis
  • Vitamin D

Research Centers:

  • Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC)

UB 2020 Strategic Strengths:

  • Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • May 2019–April 2024
    Enhancing Geroscience Faculty Development and Scholarship in Order to Minimize Frailty and Maximize Healthspan
    NIH / National Institute of Aging
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $750,000
  • October 2018–September 2023
    Post-Transcriptional Control of Aging-Associated Inflammation and Bone Homeostasis
    NIH NIDCR
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $1,250,000
  • July 2019–June 2023
    High intensity interval training and nicotinamide riboside treatment to enhance functional capacity and reduce frailty during aging
    Veterans Affairs
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $645,000
  • January 2019–January 2023
    Translational Models to Study Frailty
    Indian Trail Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $200,000
  • May 2019–April 2021
    Community-Based Participatory Research for Reducing Medication Harm among Retirees
    Retirement Research Foundation
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $200,000
  • March 2016–February 2021
    Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease
    State of New York, Department of Health
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $2,400,000
  • October 2018–September 2020
    Enhancing functional capacity in older adults with short session high intensity interval training
    Veterans Affairs
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $200,000
  • September 2018–June 2020
    Alzheimer’s and related dementias Care improvement Through Data Science Education (ACT-DSE): Custom training for Research
    National Institutes of Health
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $270,000
  • September 2019–September 2019
    Keyence BZ-X800E All-in-One Fluorescence Microscope – ORD Shared Equipment Program
    Veterans Affairs
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $301,070
  • June 2018–June 2019
    Collaborative Drug Safety Management with Frail Elders & Caregivers for Successful Aging
    University at Buffalo, Innovative Micro-Programs Accelerating Collaboration in Themes (IMPACT)
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $35,000
  • April 2017–March 2018
    Exosomal biomarkers as predictors of sarcopenia and frailty in WHI participants
    University at Buffalo Clinical Translational Scientific Institute
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $49,350
  • November 2015–October 2017
    Integrated Therapies to Reduce Threats to Function among Older Patients Managing Cerebrovascular Disease
    CTSA / NIH
    Role: Contributor
    $200,000
  • August 2015–August 2015
    Extracellular Flux Analyzer, ORD Shared Equipment Program
    Veterans Affairs
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $175,024
  • April 2011–March 2015
    Differential impact of resveratorol and resveratrol mimetics upon aging bone
    Department of Veterans Affairs
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $618,780
  • January 2013–December 2014
    Physical performance in an animal model of vitamin D insufficiency
    Dep;artment of Veterans Affairs
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $200,000
  • November 2010–October 2012
    An animal model to study molecular determinants and modulators of aging and age related diseases
    Indian TRail Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $190,000
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Journal Articles:

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Books and Book Chapters:

  • Duque G and Troen BR. (2006) Geriatric Nutrition: The Health Professional’s Handbook. In: Skeletal Aging. Jones and Bartlett, 325-343.

Professional Memberships:

  • American Society for Bone and Mineral Researh (1996–present)
  • Gerontological Society of America (1992–present)
  • American Federation for Aging Research (1991–present)
  • American Geriatrics Society; Program committee. Chair for the 2010 annual meeting and Vice Chair for the 2009 annual meeting. (1991–present)

Presentations:

  • "Osteoporosis: Falls and Fractures" UB Department of Medicine City Wide Grand Rounds; Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2017)
  • "Endocrinology of Aging" Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2017)
  • "Falls and Their Prevention: A Geriatrics and Pharmacological Imperative" Public Health Live, NY State Department of Health; University at Albany School of Public Health and the New York Department of Health (2016)
  • "Healthspan and Frailty: Bedside to Benchtop (and Back?)" Geriatrics Division Grand Rounds, St. Louis University Medical School; St. Louis University School of Medicine; Department of Medicine (2016)
  • "Healthspan and Frailty: Bones, Muscles, and Aging?" Grand Rounds, Department of Medicine, Western University; Western University (2016)
  • "Osteoporosis: Thinking Beyond Bone" American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting; American Geriatrics Society; Plenary Symposium: That Was The Year That Will Be (2016)
  • "Falls and Their Prevention: A Geriatrics Imperative" Grand Rounds, Buffalo Psychiatric Center; Buffalo Psychiatric Center (2015)
  • "Healthspan and Frailty: Bones, Muscles, and Aging?" Grand Rounds, University of Maryland; University of Maryland; Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (2015)
  • "Frailty and musculoskeletal system: From bench to bedside" International Conference on Frailty & Sarcopenia Research; ; Plenary Symposium: Frailty, Falls, and Fractures: Common Pathophysiology and Therapeutic Approach (2015)
  • "Healthspan and Frailty: Bedside to Benchtop (and Back)?" City-Wide Grand Rounds Department of Medicine; University At Buffalo; Professor & Chief, Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine (2013)
  • "Vitamin D: Beyond Skeletal Health - Implications for Frailty" Interprofessional Geriatrics Symposium (2012)
  • "Multidisciplinary Strategies for Preventing and Managing Osteoporosis in Frail High Risk Elderly in Long Term Care" Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting; Gerontological Society of America (2011)
  • "Science of Aging Bone & Medical Management" Gerontological Society of American Annual Meeting; Gerontological Society of American (2011)
  • "Bone Biology During Aging: Impact on the Development of Osteoporosis and Subsequent Treatment Strategies - Understanding the RANK-RANKL-OPG Pathway & its Importance in Bone Matabolism" American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting; American Geriatrics Society (2011)
  • "New Advances in Osteoporosis Therapy in the Very Old, Frail, and Institutionalized Elderly: Reduction in Fractures and Improved Quality of Life" American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting; American Geriatrics Society (2011)
  • "Vitamin D: Skeletal Heath and Beyond (A Stealthy Epidemic)" American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting; American Geriatrics Society (2011)
  • "Osteoporosis: State of the Art Clinical Updates" American Geriatrics Society Annualk Meeting; American Geriatrics Society (2010)
  • "Prolongevity Compounds and Aging Bone" Dept. of Medicine Research Conference; University of Texas health ScienceCenter at San Antonio (2010)
  • "Why Do We Grow Old: Perspectives on the Biology of Aging" American Federation for Aging Research; American Federation for Aging Research (2010)
  • "Vitamin D and Osteoporosis" VISN8 Ambulatory Care Forum (2009)
  • "Frailty Syndrome: Assessment, Correlates, and Approach" Division of Aging Grand Rounds; University of Sydney; Nepean Clinical School (2009)
  • "Osteoporosis in the Nursing HOme: What is the Best Approach?" Consensus Conference ont eh Treatment of Osteoporosis in Long Term Care; Univeristy of Sydney; Nepean Clinical School (2009)
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UB-CTRC Room 8030 F
875 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: (716) 888-4865
troen@buffalo.edu

This faculty member is affiliated with UBMD, practicing physicians who are also professors in the Jacobs School.

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