Nimit Agarwal, MD
Dr. Nimit Agarwal is a geriatrics and internal medicine physician leading the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix and the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. He leads the Center for Healthy Aging at Banner – UMC Phoenix and is the associate program director of the Internal Medicine Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program.
Dr. Agarwal is a clinician, educator, researcher and innovator. Before joining Banner Health and the University of Arizona, he was leading a multispecialty group in New Mexico. When he began as a hospital Medicine physician at Banner Health in 2014, he saw an immense need for geriatric inpatient services. As a result, he created a co-management program with his surgical and medicine partners in orthopaedics, trauma, hospital medicine and acute rehabilitation care for providing age-friendly care to our seniors.
He has been able to establish innovative models of care, leveraging the capabilities of the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) to create smart protocols that can assist with identifying gaps in care related to delirium identification, mobility challenges and markers of increased complications during hospitalization of older adults. Dr. Agarwal’s team of geriatricians, nurses, pharmacists, case managers, therapists and nutritionists work in an interdisciplinary model of care called Virtual Acute Care of Elders (vACE).
Under his leadership, Banner – UMC Phoenix became the first hospital in Arizona to receive the Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians. Banner – UMC Phoenix is also a member of NICHE: Nurses Improving Care of Healthsytem Elders, an international nursing and consultation program designed to improve geriatric care in health care organizations. Banner – UMC Phoenix has ranked in the Top-50 programs per U.S. News and World Report for geriatric medicine annually.
Dr. Agarwal is passionate about bringing artificial intelligence (AI) technology to create a safer hospital environment for older adults. His team is currently working on an innovative Artificial Emotional Intelligence (AEI) capable device called SeVA — Senior’s Virtual Assistant — which will have the capability to predict falls, cognitive changes and act as a constant bedside patient companion.