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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the oldest and largest interdisciplinary group devoted to the study of aging, has honored USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology Associate Professor Susan Enguídanos by naming her a Fellow in the organization.

Fellowship in GSA is the group’s highest level of membership and is an “acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in the field of gerontology,” according to the society’s website. Enguídanos will be formally inducted as a GSA Fellow during the 2015 GSA Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held November 18-22, 2015 in Orlando, Fla.

Enguídanos, who also holds a joint appointment in the USC School of Social Work, is a noted expert in palliative care, hospice care, and end-of-life issues. Her groundbreaking work in palliative care—medical care and support that focuses on providing patients with symptom and stress relief during serious, though not necessarily terminal, illnesses—includes the development of an innovative home-based palliative care model currently being implemented in several healthcare facilities across the nation. She has also investigated ethnic disparities in the accessibility of hospice care prior to death and transitions in care settings for people with serious illnesses.

“I am passionate about my work because it aims to bring change in the health care system that improves quality of life, reducing pain, symptoms, and emotional distress for those in their last years of life,” she said. “My research makes a real difference to the lives of individuals, not just those with serious illness but for their family members as well.”

Enguídanos said she was “truly humbled” to be recognized by GSA and named a Fellow.

“It is an honor to be accepted within an elite group of gerontological leaders, individuals that have served as role models to me throughout my career,” she said.

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