Heidi Kay White, MD

Professor of Medicine
Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
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

Hommel, Erin, Adline Ghazi, and Heidi White. “Minimal trauma fractures: lifting the specter of misconduct by identifying risk factors and planning for prevention.” J Am Med Dir Assoc 13, no. 2 (February 2012): 180–86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2011.04.024.

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21683662
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Newhouse, P., K. Kellar, P. Aisen, H. White, K. Wesnes, E. Coderre, A. Pfaff, H. Wilkins, D. Howard, and E. D. Levin. “Nicotine treatment of mild cognitive impairment: a 6-month double-blind pilot clinical trial.” Neurology 78, no. 2 (January 10, 2012): 91–101. https://doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0b013e31823efcbb.

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22232050
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Yanamadala, Mamata, Mitchell T. Heflin, Heidi K. White, and Gwendolen T. Buhr. “Ensuring vitamin D supplementation in nursing home patients--a quality improvement project.” J Nutr Gerontol Geriatr 31, no. 2 (2012): 158–71. https://doi.org/10.1080/21551197.2012.678240.

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22607104
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Lekan, Deborah, Cristina C. Hendrix, Eleanor S. McConnell, and Heidi White. “The Connected Learning Model for disseminating evidence-based care practices in clinical settings.” Nurse Educ Pract 10, no. 4 (July 2010): 243–48. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2009.11.013.

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20100666
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Genao, Liza, Heidi White, and Jack Twersky. “The clinical course of advanced dementia.” N Engl J Med 362, no. 4 (January 28, 2010): 363–64.

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20112444
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White, Heidi K., Gwendolen Buhr, Jose Gonzalez, and Jose North Carolina Medical Directors Association. “Would a nursing home physician specialty resolve the workforce crisis in long-term care?” Ann Intern Med 151, no. 6 (September 15, 2009): 430–31. https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-151-6-200909150-00012.

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19755372
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White, Heidi K., Gwendolen T. Buhr, and Sandro O. Pinheiro. “Mentoring: a key strategy to prepare the next generation of physicians to care for an aging America.” J Am Geriatr Soc 57, no. 7 (July 2009): 1270–77. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2009.02300.x.

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19582901
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White, Heidi K., Charles D. Petrie, William Landschulz, David MacLean, Ann Taylor, Kenneth Lyles, Jeanne Y. Wei, et al. “Effects of an oral growth hormone secretagogue in older adults.” J Clin Endocrinol Metab 94, no. 4 (April 2009): 1198–1206. https://doi.org/10.1210/jc.2008-0632.

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19174493
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Whitson, Heather E., S Nicole Hastings, Deborah A. Lekan, Richard Sloane, Heidi K. White, and Eleanor S. McConnell. “A quality improvement program to enhance after-hours telephone communication between nurses and physicians in a long-term care facility.” J Am Geriatr Soc 56, no. 6 (June 2008): 1080–86. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2008.01714.x.

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18410318
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