Robert E. “Bob” Roush, a native of Baytown, Texas, earned his B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas and his Ed.D. degree in higher education administration from the University of Houston. He took two post-doctoral fellowships – one in higher education at the former U.S. Office of Education in Washington, D.C., the other in research in medical education from the University of Southern California School of Medicine in Los Angeles. He then earned an M.P.H. degree from the UT School of Public Health in Houston.
In 1971, Dr. Roush was recruited to Baylor College of Medicine to be the founding director of the Center for Allied Health Professions. In 1985, he became the founding director of the Texas Consortium for Geriatrics Education and Care, a position he still holds. He is Professor of Geriatrics in the Baylor Department of Medicine working with the geriatrics fellows and coordinating Grand Rounds.
In 2002, he concluded a two-year term as President of the National Association of Geriatrics Education Centers. NAGEC appointed him chair of the Bioterrorism and Emergency Preparedness in Aging Coalition to develop the nation’s first curriculum to train first responders and receivers on what to do for frail elders involved in acts of human-caused bioterrorism.
In 2009, with support from the Investor Protection Trust, Dr. Roush led a pilot project for health care professionals to screen their older patients for conditions that place them at risk for being financially exploited. The EIFFE Prevention Program teaches doctors a simple, short method to screen their patients for Mild Cognitive Impairment and other red flags suggesting vulnerability. The IPT coalition of state securities offices and medical schools has offered over 100 CME courses in 32 states, reaching over 15,000 doctors.
In addition to being instructor of record for HLTH 2383, Multicultural Health Issues, Dr. Roush has taught research methods and a practicum on current health at Sam Houston State University. In 2017, Dr. Roush and three other colleagues founded the Institute for Advanced Thought on Aging: see www.goodoldage.org. The IATA will hold its inaugural institute in the fall of 2019.