Welcome from the Dean

Hello, I’m Pinchas Cohen, M.D., and I’m the dean of the USC Davis School of Gerontology as well as the Executive Director of the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center.

Gerontology—the study of aging across the lifespan—is an exciting field that contains a wide range of opportunities for those who study it. We are proud to be the world’s oldest and largest school of gerontology, and hold ourselves to a lofty mission: to enhance healthy aging through research, service and education. Our School, faculty, students and alumni have sterling international reputations, and we take our responsibility of reimagining aging around the world very seriously.

This type of global thinking is especially important to me, since I gained invaluable academic, personal and professional experience both in Israel and the United States, seeing firsthand just how vital and interconnected the health of all aging nations are. I expect our faculty and alumni not just to make their mark here in Los Angeles, but across the United States and beyond.

Aging truly is the most universal of human experiences, and we are the very tip of the spear of the aging revolution here at the USC Davis School. As a small school within a large research university, we ensure that our students receive rigorous, highly personalized educational experiences studying with some of the world’s leading experts in fields such as biology, neuroscience, psychology, sociology and public policy.

The flexibility of gerontology as a discipline allows our graduates to pursue a vast array of careers, including advocacy, business, research, administration, medicine, law and nonprofit work. With creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit, the sky is the limit for our grads to carve out their own unique careers now that the first wave of Baby Boomers have begun turning 65, signaling a massive global demographic shift that will impact every profession.

Whether you dream of investigating the scientific mysteries of longevity, helping families facilitate difficult transitions or creating revolutionary technology, gerontology offers you the chance to better understand aging, a complex phenomenon that shapes individuals, families, societies and, yes, our world.

We often say in our School that the way the world looks tomorrow will be determined by the gerontologists of today. I invite you to join us as we prepare to shape a new era in human history. The chance to literally change the world doesn’t come around every day—so why not consider taking this golden opportunity?

Welcome to the USC Davis School of Gerontology. We are gerontologists, and life is our work.





Pinchas Cohen, M.D.
Dean, USC Davis School of Gerontology
Executive Director, Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center


Read Dean Cohen’s Installation Speech