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

White, H. K. “Weight loss in advanced Alzheimer's disease, part I: Contributing factors and evaluation.” Annals of Long Term Care 12, no. 5 (May 1, 2004): 33–37.

Scholars@Duke

White, Heidi K., Eleanor S. McConnell, Connie W. Bales, and Maragatha Kuchibhatla. “A 6-month observational study of the relationship between weight loss and behavioral symptoms in institutionalized Alzheimer's disease subjects.” J Am Med Dir Assoc 5, no. 2 (March 2004): 89–97. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.JAM.0000110646.48753.EF.

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14984619
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White, Heidi K., and Edward D. Levin. “Chronic transdermal nicotine patch treatment effects on cognitive performance in age-associated memory impairment.” Psychopharmacology (Berl) 171, no. 4 (February 2004): 465–71. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00213-003-1614-8.

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14534771
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White, H., E. McConnell, E. Clipp, L. G. Branch, R. Sloane, C. Pieper, and T. L. Box. “A randomized controlled trial of the psychosocial impact of providing internet training and access to older adults.” Aging Ment Health 6, no. 3 (August 2002): 213–21. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607860220142422.

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12217089
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White, H. K., E. S. McConnell, C. W. Bales, and M. Kuchibhatia. “A 6-month observational study of the relationship between weight loss and behavioral symptoms in institutionalized AD subjects.” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 49, no. 4 (April 1, 2001): S44–S44.

Scholars@Duke

White, H. K., E. McConnell, E. C. Clipp, L. Branch, C. Pieper, and R. Sloane. “A randomized controlled trial of the psychosocial impact of providing Internet training and access to older adults.” In Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 47:S90–S90. LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS, 1999.

Scholars@Duke

White, H. K., and E. D. Levin. “Four-week nicotine skin patch treatment effects on cognitive performance in Alzheimer's disease.” Psychopharmacology (Berl) 143, no. 2 (April 1999): 158–65. https://doi.org/10.1007/s002130050931.

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10326778
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Colon-Emeric, C., and H. White. “Case report: Catatonia and neuroleptic malignant syndrome in the nursing home.” Annals of Long Term Care 7, no. 1 (February 4, 1999): 28–30.

Scholars@Duke

White, H., E. McConnell, E. Clipp, L. Bynum, C. Teague, L. Navas, S. Craven, and H. Halbrecht. “Surfing the net in later life: A review of the literature and pilot study of computer use and quality of life.” Journal of Applied Gerontology 18, no. 3 (January 1, 1999): 358–78. https://doi.org/10.1177/073346489901800306.

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White, H., C. Pieper, and K. Schmader. “The association of weight change in Alzheimer's disease with severity of disease and mortality: a longitudinal analysis.” J Am Geriatr Soc 46, no. 10 (October 1998): 1223–27. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.1998.tb04537.x.

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9777903
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