Section of Hospital Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine
|BS||1981||State University of New York||Sociology/Biology
|MA||1993||University of Chicago||Sociology
|Fellowship||1995||Tokyo Metropoltan Institute of Gerontology||Social Gerontology
|PhD||2004||University of Chicago||Sociology
Medical sociologist Gavin W. Hougham comes to the Section of Hospital Medicine after five years leading the John A. Hartford Foundation's $60 million portfolio of national grantmaking in geriatric medicine, which was designed to expand the capacity of current and future physicians to care for older adults and to design and implement better systems of care delivery. Dr. Hougham has published in the areas of aging, research ethics, informed consent with the cognitively impaired, cross-cultural Japanese gerontology, trajectories of grief, and several aspects of improving the quality of care. He is currently working on new methods of longitudinal data analysis in geriatric populations using sequence pattern matching algorithms borrowed from computer science, linguistics, and computational genomics. One project currently in development uses Medicare and other administrative claims data to map and typologize chronological “pathways” to nursing home entry. Dr. Hougham is also Deputy Director of the University of Chicago’s Center for Health and the Social Sciences.
- Sugisawa H, Shibata H, Hougham GW, Sugihara Y, Liang J. "The Impact of Social Ties on Depressive Symptoms in U.S. and Japanese Elderly." Journal of Social Issues. 2002 Winter;58(4):785-804.
- Sachs GA, Hougham GW, Sugarman J, Agre P, Broome ME, Geller G,Kass N, Kodish E, Mintz J, Roberts LW, Sankar P, Siminoff LA, Sorenson J, Weiss AH. "Conducting Empirical Research on Informed Consent: Challenges and Questions." IRB: Ethics and Human Research. 2003 Sept-Oct;25(5):S4-S10.
- Hougham GW, Sachs GA, Danner D, Mintz J, Patterson M, Roberts LW, Siminoff LA, Sugarman J, PJ Whitehouse, D Wirshing. "Empirical Research on Informed Consent with the Cognitively Impaired." IRB: Ethics and Human Research. 2003 Sept-Oct;25(5):S26-S32.
- Hougham GW. “Waste Not, Want Not: Cognitive Impairment Should Not Preclude Research Participation.” American Journal of Bioethics. 2005 Winter;5(1):36-7.
- Diwan S, Hougham GW, Sachs, GA. Chronological Patterns and Issues Precipitating Grieving Over the Course of Caregiving Among Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia. Clinical Gerontologist. 2009 Oct;32(4):358-70.