William Hazzard, MD
Dr. Hazzard is a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. Dr. Hazzard is known as one of the “founding fathers of geriatrics” and was among the first U.S. physicians to transition to geriatrics from another medical specialty. Since that time, he has helped establish three premier geriatrics programs across the country and advocated for public and private funding that now forms the bedrock of geriatrics training and research. In 2016, he was honored with the prestigious Nascher/Manning Award given biannually by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS).
Dr. Hazzard was a voice for this new specialty in its infancy and he remains an ardent champion for its current and future potential serving as a mentor for the American Geriatric Society, in addtion to countless researchers, healthcare professionals, and advocates across eldercare. Dr. Hazzard first trained as an internist and endocrinologist at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, Dr. Hazzard developed an early and life-long fascination with the effects of gender and age on health and well-being.
Mentored by fellow geriatrics pioneers like Sir Paul B. Beeson, MD, Dr. Hazzard spent a sabbatical year learning geriatrics in the United Kingdom before returning to the UW School of Medicine to develop its academic program in gerontology and geriatric medicine spanning research, education, and practice. Dr. Hazzard went on to launch academic geriatric programs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Wake Forest School of Medicine, among many other roles spanning his more than 40-year career. At Wake Forest in particular, Dr. Hazzard successfully embedded geriatrics throughout the medical school such that funded investigators in aging have been represented in every department and subspecialty division across the institution.