Geriatric Medicine

The UVA Section of Geriatrics operates four well-established community-based practices in the Charlottesville area, with an impact in surrounding counties: University Physicians at JABA, Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge, Colonnades Medical Associates, and Virginia at Home, which is a home-based primary care program.

Geriatric medicine focuses on achieving the highest possible level of physical and functional well-being for older adults, as well as on preventing disability and disease and promoting independence as aging occurs. Geriatric physicians and nurse practitioners excel at caring for all adults over the age of 65, but also, especially in care for older adults living with multiple medical concerns, as well as functional and cognitive impairments.

Geriatric Medicine Section Head: Justin Mutter, MD, MSc

Justin Mutter, MD

Justin Mutter, MD

Dr. Justin Mutter joined the faculty in the Section of Geriatrics in 2017 and has served as Section Head for the last three years. He completed his medical education at the UVA School of Medicine, and his residency training in Family Medicine at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in North Carolina. He then returned to UVA for his fellowship training in geriatric medicine. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Family Medicine.

Dr. Mutter is a primary care and consultative geriatrician, with expertise in dementia and other memory disorders, polypharmacy and complex medication management, and frailty. He is the founder and medical director of Virginia at Home (VaH), UVA’s home-based primary care program for older adults with complex medical concerns who have significant difficulty leaving their homes to get to the clinic. Previously, Dr. Mutter was core faculty of the UVA Memory and Aging Care Clinic and UVA Physicians at JABA and was also medical director of Continuum Home Health Care.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Mutter is active in undergraduate and graduate medical education, serving as the Director of Health Humanities Programs for the UVA Center for Health Humanities and Ethics. Among other grants, he is also the current recipient of a Geriatric Academic Career Award from the Health Resources and Services Administration, focusing on interprofessional geriatric education in medicine, nursing, and pharmacy.