Heidi Kay White, MD

Professor of Medicine
Campus mail 2515 Hosp South, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 660-7516
Email address white031@mc.duke.edu

Dr. White's clinical expertise involves the care of older adults, especially care transitions, long-term care, and post-acute care.  She services as the Vice-Chief of Clinical Affairs in the Geriatrics Division At Duke University.  She has worked with peer faculty to develop clinical programs including Peri-operative Optimization of Senior Health (POSH) and Health Optimization Program for Elders (HOPE) which is a transitional care program from the hospital to skilled nursing facilities.  She serves on the Duke Connected Care Operating Committee, a physician-lead accountable care organizarion.  She is the medical director of Croasdaile Village Retirement Community.  Her educational activities include bedside teaching in the hospital, clinic and nursing home with geriatrics fellows, residents, medical students and other professional students such as nurse practioner, and physicain assistant. She co-directs the Advanced Course in Long-Term Care for an interprofessional group of learners.  She is currently the immediate Past-President of AMDA The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.  She has worked to develop competencies for practioners in this environment and is developing online educational modules.  Dr. White’s research focuses on the general medical care of older adults with cognitive impairment. She has studied the nutritional decline and weight loss that often accompanies Alzheimer’s disease. In collaboration with Edward Levin, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, she has explored the cognitive effects of nicotine transdermal patches in older adults with varying degrees of cognitive impairment. Current work includes studying the effects of personalized music in older adults with dementia and implementing personalized music programs for pain and delirium relief in hospital and dementia care in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  

keywords: cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, weight loss, nutrition, nicotine

Education and Training

  • Geriatric Fellow, Medicine, Duke University, 1992 - 1994
  • Medical Resident, Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis, 1989 - 1992
  • M.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 1989

Publications

Kikuchi, Robin, Gloria Broadwater, Rebecca Shelby, Jessica Robertson, Leah L. Zullig, Bailey Maloney, Claudia Meyer, et al. “Detecting geriatric needs in older patients with breast cancer through use of a brief geriatric screening tool..” Journal of Geriatric Oncology, April 17, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jgo.2019.04.010.

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31005647
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Sharda, Neema, Emily Mattoon, Loretta Matters, Judy Prewitt, Shelley McDonald, Richard Sloane, Christy Cassas, and Heidi White. “Bach to the Basics: Implementation and Impact of a Postoperative, Inpatient Personalized Music Program for Older Adults..” J Perianesth Nurs 34, no. 2 (April 2019): 347–53. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jopan.2018.05.006.

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30205935
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Sitlinger, Andrea, Rebecca A. Shelby, Alyssa N. Van Denburg, Heidi White, Sarah N. Edmond, Paul K. Marcom, Hayden B. Bosworth, Francis J. Keefe, and Gretchen G. Kimmick. “Higher symptom burden is associated with lower function in women taking adjuvant endocrine therapy for breast cancer..” Journal of Geriatric Oncology 10, no. 2 (March 2019): 317–21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jgo.2018.11.008.

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30553719
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Friedman, Susan M., Paul Mulhausen, Maryjo L. Cleveland, Patrick P. Coll, Kathryn M. Daniel, Arthur D. Hayward, Krupa Shah, Beata Skudlarska, and Heidi K. White. “Healthy Aging: American Geriatrics Society White Paper Executive Summary..” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 67, no. 1 (January 2019): 17–20. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.15644.

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30382585
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Murphy, Kelly, Winston W. Liu, Daniel Goltz, Emma Fixsen, Stephen Kirchner, Janice Hu, and Heidi White. “Implementation of personalized music listening for assisted living residents with dementia..” Geriatr Nurs 39, no. 5 (September 2018): 560–65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gerinurse.2018.04.001.

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29731392
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McDonald, Shelley R., Mitchell T. Heflin, Heather E. Whitson, Thomas O. Dalton, Michael E. Lidsky, Phillip Liu, Cornelia M. Poer, et al. “Association of Integrated Care Coordination With Postsurgical Outcomes in High-Risk Older Adults: The Perioperative Optimization of Senior Health (POSH) Initiative..” Jama Surgery 153, no. 5 (May 2018): 454–62. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamasurg.2017.5513.

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29299599
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Zimmerman, Sheryl, Paul R. Katz, Philip D. Sloane, Malaz Boustani, Mallory Brown, Matteo Cesari, Gustavo Duque, et al. “Language as an Application of Mindfulness..” Journal of the American Medical Directors Association 19, no. 5 (May 2018): 375–77. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2018.03.004.

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29704926
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Pinheiro, Sandro O., Heidi K. White, Gwendolen T. Buhr, Katja Elbert-Avila, Harvey Jay Cohen, and Mitchell T. Heflin. “Advancing Geriatrics Education Through a Faculty Development Program for Geriatrics-Oriented Clinician Educators..” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, November 13, 2015. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.13824.

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26563754
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Corazzini, Kirsten, Jack Twersky, Heidi K. White, Gwendolen T. Buhr, Eleanor S. McConnell, Madeline Weiner, and Cathleen S. Colón-Emeric. “Implementing Culture Change in Nursing Homes: An Adaptive Leadership Framework..” The Gerontologist 55, no. 4 (August 2015): 616–27. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnt170.

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24451896
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