Jack Isaac Twersky, MD

Associate Professor Emeritus 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


Hendrix, C. C., M. T. Heflin, J. Twersky, C. Knight, J. Payne, J. Y. Bradford, and K. E. Schmader. “Post-hospital clinic for older patients and their family caregivers.” Annals of Long Term Care 16, no. 5 (May 1, 2008): 20–24.


Schmader, K. E., and J. Twersky. “Herpes zoster, cellulitis, and scabies.” In Infection Management for Geriatrics in Long-Term Care Facilities, Second Edition, 277–96, 2006.


Schmader, Kenneth E., Joseph T. Hanlon, Carl F. Pieper, Richard Sloane, Christine M. Ruby, Jack Twersky, Susan Dove Francis, et al. “Effects of geriatric evaluation and management on adverse drug reactions and suboptimal prescribing in the frail elderly.” Am J Med 116, no. 6 (March 15, 2004): 394–401. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjmed.2003.10.031.

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Hanlon, J. T., R. L. Maher, C. I. Lindblad, C. M. Ruby, J. Twersky, H. J. Cohen, and K. E. Schmader. “Comparison of methods for detecting potential adverse drug events in frail elderly inpatients and outpatients.” Am J Health Syst Pharm 58, no. 17 (September 1, 2001): 1622–26. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/58.17.1622.

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Liu, D. D., M. Raji, J. Twersky, and A. Riggs. “Case report: Disruptive vocalization due to gout in an elderly nursing home resident with dementia.” Annals of Long Term Care 8, no. 5 (August 15, 2000): 66–70.


Twersky, J., J. Warsaw, T. Cutson, J. M. Mylotte, and B. Naughton. “Management of pneumonia in the nursing home [3] (multiple letters).” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 47, no. 7 (1999): 913–14.


Twersky, J., B. B. Hoffman, and G. M. Reaven. “Age-associated differences in beta adrenergic-stimulated lipolysis in adipocytes from Sprague-Dawley and Fischer 344 rats.” J Gerontol 46, no. 4 (July 1991): B125–29. https://doi.org/10.1093/geronj/46.4.b125.

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