Robert L. Kane, MD, holds an endowed chair in Long-term Care and
Aging at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, where he
was formerly the Dean. He directs the University of Minnesota’s Center
on Aging, the Minnesota Area Geriatric Education Center, the Clinical
Outcomes Research Center, and an AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice
Dr. Kane and his sister, Joan West, wrote an account of their struggles
to get adequate long-term care for their mother, It Shouldn’t Be This
Way: The Failure of Long-Term Care. That experience led to his founding
a national organization dedicated to improving long-term care,
Professionals with Personal Experience with Chronic Care (PPECC), which
has over 800 members. These experiences in turn served as the eventual
inspiration for The Good Caregiver.
Dr. Kane’s extensive research on health care for older persons,
especially those needing long-term care, continues to improve knowledge
and practice in this field. He has analyzed long-term systems both in
this country and abroad, and has consulted to a number of national and
international agencies, including the World Health Organization’s Expert
Committee on Aging.
He is the author or editor of 31 books and more than 470 journal
articles and book chapters on geriatrics and health services research.
Recent books include The Heart of Long-term Care, Assessing Older
Persons, the 6th edition of Essentials of Clinical Geriatrics, the 2nd
edition of Conducting Health Care Outcomes Research, and Meeting the
Challenge of Chronic Illness.
Dr. Kane is a graduate of Harvard Medical School.
Awards and Distinctions
President’s Award from the American Society on Aging
Polisher Award from the Gerontological Society of America
Enrico Greppi Prize from the Italian Society of Gerontology and
British Geriatrics Society Medal for the Relief of Suffering amongst the
University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center’s Academy for
Excellence in Health Research