Sarah Hobgood, MD, AGSF
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NAME: Hobgood, Sarah E.

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POSITION TITLE: Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

EDUCATION/TRAINING (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, include postdoctoral training and residency training if applicable. Add/delete rows as necessary.)



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Completion Date





University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA




Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond VA





Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA





Internal Medicine


Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA






Geriatric Medicine






  1. Personal Statement


I am an academician and geriatric physician. I have expertise in the care of older adults with complex multiple chronic conditions exhibiting multiple geriatric syndromes including polypharmacy. I take great pride in my clinical work, seeing patients in my own office-based practice and inpatient consulting and comangement for hospitalized older adults at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System.  I collaborate with our Division of Trauma to improve care for our older trauma population. Recognizing the complexity of my patient population, I use functional status, chronic conditions, and extensive medication reconciliation and management to help improve their care. Delirium and post-operative cognitive decline affect older trauma patients with great frequency and to the detriment of their overall successful recovery.  Understanding the factors contributing, circumstances that could be mitigated, and ultimately the prevention of delirium and POCD remain an essential part of successfully caring for and healing an older adult with a traumatic injury.


B. Positions and Honors


Positions & Employment


2001                                          Research Assistant, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

2012-2014                            Associate Hospice Director, New Century Hospice, Richmond, VA

2015 -                                          Fellowship Program Director, Division of Geriatrics, VCU Medical Center, Richmond VA

2009 -               Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, VCU Medical Center, Richmond, VA

2009 -                                          Director Inpatient Geriatric Consultative Services, VCU Medical Center, Richmond, VA

2009 -                                          Medical Director of Adult Day Services, VCU Medical Center, Richmond, VA


Other Experiences and Professional Memberships


2015-                                          Member, Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM)

2009-                                          Member, Virginia Geriatrics Society (VGS)

2008-                                          Member, American Geriatrics Society (AGS)




2019                            Inducted as Fellow in the American Geriatrics Society

2016                             Department of Internal Medicine Distinguished Educators Award, VCU Medical Center,

Richmond VA

2016                                           School of Medicine, Excellence in Teaching Award

2011-2021               Richmond Magazine “Top Doc” in Geriatric Medicine Award

2009                                           Participant in AMDA Futures Program, AMDA Conference, Charlotte NC

2008-2009               Assistant Chief Resident, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA


C. Contributions to Science


My research and scholastic work focuses on the care of older adults with an interest in polypharmacy, cognitive decline and physical function.


  1. Recent studies on polypharmacy, cognitive decline and frailty

My research interests in polypharmacy, cognitive dysfunction and frailty have come out of providing care to older adults across the health care system. I have started to develop a program of research in collaboration with colleagues at VCU Health including the Division of trauma. My collaboration with trauma focuses on the need for improved medication reconciliation and identification of polypharmacy in the gerotrauma patient population.  Earlier collaboration with colleagues in the SON identified a type of neurobehavioral decline or inflamm-aging in older adults with cirrhosis and also connections between inflammation, cognitive decline, and frailty. A combination of findings in which inflammation is linked to the gut-brain axis and anticholinergic burden interacting with the same pathway needs to be explored further.


  1. DeAntonio JH, Nguyen T, Chenault G, Aboutanos MB, Anand RJ, Ferrada P, Goldberg S, Leichtle SW, Procter LD, Rodas EB, Rossi AP, Whelan JF, Feeser VR, Vitto MJ, Broering B, Hobgood S, Mangino M, Wijesinghe DS, Jayaraman S. ) Medication and Patient Safety: A Systematic Review. World J Emerg Surg. 2019 Feb 15;14:5. doi: 10.1186/s13017-019-0225-6. eCollection 2019. PMID: 30815027
  2. Sargent, L., Nalls, M., Starkweather, A., Hobgood, S., Thompson, H., Amella, E. J., & Singleton, A. (2018). Shared biological pathways for frailty and cognitive impairment: A systematic review. Ageing Research Reviews, 47, 149–158.
  3. Bajaj JS, Ahluwalia V, Steinberg JL, Hobgood S, Boling PA, Godschalk M, Habib S, White MB, Fagan A, Gavis EA, Ganapathy D, Hylemon PB, Stewart KE, Keradman R, Liu EJ, Wang J, Gillevet PM, Sikaroodi M, Moeller FG, Wade JB. Elderly patients have an altered gut-brain axis regardless of the presence of cirrhosis. Sci Rep. 2016 Dec 6;6:38481. doi: 10.1038/srep38481. PMID:27922089
  4. Ahluwalia V, Wade JB, Moeller, FG, Steinberg, J, Hobgood S, Boling P, Habib S, Godschalk M, White MB, Unser AB, Fagan A, Ganapathy D, Sterling RK, Stravitz RT, Sanyal AJ, Puri P, Siddiqui M, Matherly S, Heuman DM, Fuchs M, Luketic V, Bajaj JS. Elderly Cirrhotic Patients with Pre-dementia Mild Cognitive Impairment and Minimal Hepatic Encephalopathy have a Distinct Cognitive and Brain MR profile. DDS Week 2016
  5. Peron EP, Slattum PW, Powers KE, Hobgood SE. Alzheimer Disease. In: DiPiro JT, Talbert RL, Yee GC, Matzke GR, Wells BG, Posey L. eds. Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 10e. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2017


  1. Scholarship and interprofessional education for health care professional in older adults

As an academician, my research has focused on educating the next generation of health care professionals to care for common geriatric syndromes, polypharmacy, and medication management. Regardless of their final career choice, this experience provides valuable learning that will impact their future practice, while improving the care of our hospitalized older adults.

  1. Hobgood S, Peron E, Collison E, Shamaskin-Garroway A, Sicat B, Bishop S. Interprofessional Team-Based Learning Module: Dementia, Depression, and Delirium. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2015. Available from:
  2. Dow AW, Boling PA, Lockeman KS, Mazmanian PE, Feldman M, DiazGranados D, Browning J, Coe A, Selby-Penczak R, Hobgood S, Abbey L, Parsons P, Delafuente J, Taylor SF. Training and Assessing Interprofessional Virtual Teams Using a Web-Based Case System. Acad Med 2016, doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000912. PMID:26375268


D.              Additional Information: Research Support and/or Scholastic Performance


I contribute to several large health care training and patient care initiatives supported at VCU primarily around training of health professionals in geriatrics and development and evaluation of innovative interprofessional practice models for the care of older adults. I supervise medicine, pharmacy, and nursing graduates. My prior work included development of an inpatient order set to prevent, diagnose, and treat acute delirium. This order set is now available in the electronic medical record and can be used across services, units, and throughout the hospital leading to safer global care of older adults wherever they are within VCU Health System and regardless of what service is primarily responsible.


Completed grant-supported projects:


NA                                                                                                                                            Vota(PI)                                                                                                                03/1/2016-02/28/2018

“Phase IIa Trial of Low Dose Radiation Therapy to Reduce Cerebral Amyloidosis in Early Alzheimer’s Dementia”.

VCU SOM Dean’s Funds, Project Number 648214

Goals:  This is a Phase IIa trial of Low Dose Radiation Therapy (RT) to Reduce Cerebral Amyloidosis in Early Alzheimer’s Dementia (AD). The aim of this trial is to assess outcomes following low dose whole brain RT in subjects diagnosed with AD on the basis of clinical and imaging findings. Study outcomes will include cerebral amyloid accumulation, neurocognitive function, safety, and adverse events with each of the 2 sequential RT dosing schedules. Responsibilities include study design, ongoing collection of neuropsychological and questionnaire data, data collection, data analyses, manuscript preparation, and dissemination of results at community and national presentations.

Role: Co-PI


NA                                                                                                                                            Boling(PI)                                                                                                                 01/01/2011 – 12/01/2014

Reynolds Foundation: VCU Interdisciplinary Partnership in Geriatric Education

The goal of this study was to develop, implement, and precept a of Virtual Web-based Case created to teach Interprofessional Education Principles geriatric content, now used by over 600 students annually in the fields of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work.             

Role: Program faculty