Jack Isaac Twersky, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Campus mail VA Med Ctr Bldg 23, 508 Fulton St, Durham, NC 27705
Phone (919) 286-0411
Email address jack.twersky@duke.edu

The focus of my work is Post Acute Care and Long Term Care issues. I have been involved in evaluating appropriate medication use. I have participated in a project assessing nursing home residents preferences for cultural change and a project evaluating the impact of diapers and sheets on the development of pressure ulcers in a long term care facility.
Currently we are analyzing the effectiveness of a VA program that provides consultations for caregivers  of people with dementia in their home. We are looking at the costs of our program  in the VA and outcomes generated by the program
Nursing Home, culture change, falls, medications, infections in the nursing home, pressure ulcers, dementia

Education and Training

  • Fellow in Geriatric Medicine, Medicine, Stanford University, 1987 - 1990
  • Medical Resident, Medicine, Georgetown University, 1982 - 1985
  • M.D., Drexel University, 1982

Publications

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..” Gerontologist 55, no. 4 (August 2015): 616–27. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnt170.

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24451896
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D’Souza, Maria F., Judith Davagnino, S Nicole Hastings, Richard Sloane, Barbara Kamholz, and Jack Twersky. “Preliminary Data from the Caring for Older Adults and Caregivers at Home (COACH) Program: A Care Coordination Program for Home-Based Dementia Care and Caregiver Support in a Veterans Affairs Medical Center..” J Am Geriatr Soc 63, no. 6 (June 2015): 1203–8. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.13448.

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26032224
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White, Heidi K., Gwendolen Buhr, Eleanor McConnell, Robert J. Sullivan, Jack Twersky, Cathleen Colon-Emeric, Mitchell Heflin, et al. “An advanced course in long term care for geriatric medicine fellows..” J Am Med Dir Assoc 14, no. 7 (July 2013): 499–506. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2013.02.012.

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23623522
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White, H. K., G. Buhr, E. McConnell, R. J. Sullivan, J. Twersky, C. Colon-Emeric, M. Heflin, et al. “An Advanced Course in Long Term Care for Geriatric Medicine Fellows.” Journal of the American Medical Directors Association 14, no. 7 (2013): 499–506. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2013.02.012.

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Twersky, Jack, Terry Montgomery, Richard Sloane, Madeline Weiner, Susan Doyle, Kavita Mathur, Mary Francis, and Kenneth Schmader. “A randomized, controlled study to assess the effect of silk-like textiles and high-absorbency adult incontinence briefs on pressure ulcer prevention..” Ostomy Wound Manage 58, no. 12 (December 2012): 18–24.

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23221015
Scholars@Duke

White, Heidi K., Kirsten Corazzini, Jack Twersky, Gwendolen Buhr, Eleanor McConnell, Madeline Weiner, and Cathleen S. Colón-Emeric. “Prioritizing culture change in nursing homes: perspectives of residents, staff, and family members..” J Am Geriatr Soc 60, no. 3 (March 2012): 525–31. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2011.03840.x.

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22316015
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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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Wright, Rollin M., Richard Sloane, Carl F. Pieper, Christine Ruby-Scelsi, Jack Twersky, Kenneth E. Schmader, and Joseph T. Hanlon. “Underuse of indicated medications among physically frail older US veterans at the time of hospital discharge: results of a cross-sectional analysis of data from the Geriatric Evaluation and Management Drug Study..” Am J Geriatr Pharmacother 7, no. 5 (October 2009): 271–80. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjopharm.2009.11.002.

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19948303
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Colón-Emeric, Cathleen S., Kenneth E. Schmader, Jack Twersky, Maragantha Kuchibhatla, Sally Kellum, and Morris Weinberger. “Development and pilot testing of computerized order entry algorithms for geriatric problems in nursing homes..” J Am Geriatr Soc 57, no. 9 (September 2009): 1644–53. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2009.02387.x.

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19682123
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Caram, L Brett, Jodi Chen, E William Taggart, David R. Hillyard, Rosemary She, Christopher R. Polage, Jack Twersky, Kenneth Schmader, Cathy A. Petti, and Christopher W. Woods. “Respiratory syncytial virus outbreak in a long-term care facility detected using reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction: an argument for real-time detection methods..” J Am Geriatr Soc 57, no. 3 (March 2009): 482–85. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2008.02153.x.

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19187415
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