The Executive Committee consists of the President, Secretary-General, Treasurer, Past-President, President-Elect, and the Regional Chairs. It holds office for the period starting at the end of each World Congress and extending to the beginning of the next. The President-Elect of the Association has the responsibility for organizing the next World Congress.

John W.Rowe, MD


Dr. John W. Rowe is the Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Previously, from 2000 until late 2006, Dr. Rowe served as Chairman and CEO of Aetna, Inc., one of the nation's leading health care and related benefits organizations. Before his tenure at Aetna, from 1998 to 2000, Dr. Rowe served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mount Sinai NYU Health, one of the nation's largest academic health care organizations. From 1988 to 1998, prior to the Mount Sinai-NYU Health merger, Dr. Rowe was President of the Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Before joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Rowe was a Professor of Medicine and the founding Director of the Division on Aging at the Harvard Medical School, as well as Chief of Gerontology at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital. He was Director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Aging and is co-author, with Robert Kahn, Ph.D., of Successful Aging (Pantheon, 1998).

Currently, Dr. Rowe leads the Aging Society Network. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Board of Fellows of Harvard Medical School, and recently stepped down as chairman of the board of overseers of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. He was founding Chair of the Advisory Council of Stanford University's Center on Longevity, a founding Commissioner of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (Medpac) and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Connecticut and the Marine Biological Laboratory.

Secretary General

Dr. Toni C. Antonucci is an Elizabeth M. Douvan Collegiate Professor of Psychology, Program Director and Research Professor in the Life Course Development Program at the Institute for Social Research and Associate Vice President for Research, all at the University of Michigan. She was President of the Gerontological Society of America and the Society for the Study of Human Development and served as Editor of the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. She is a member of the Executive Board of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development and Secretary General-elect of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and served as past Chair of the American Psychological Association's Committee on Aging and Board of Scientific Affairs. She is a fellow of the Gerontology Society of America, American Psychological Association, and the Association of Psychological Science.


Jacqueline Angel is a Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology and a Faculty Affiliate at the Population Research Center and LBJ School Center for Health and Social Policy at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research addresses the relationships linking family structures, inequality, and health, including a special focus on the impact of social policy on minority aging, the Hispanic population, and older Mexican Americans. In the City of Austin, she is a member of the President’s Council at Family Eldercare and a 2013 recipient of the Jackie Lelong

Visionary Leader Award. Dr. Angel currently sits on the City’s Commission on Seniors, a four-year appointment, is a Fellow of the Behavioral and Social Sciences section, and has served as Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Section on Behavioral and Social Science of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). She also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Sealy Center on Aging, UTMB School of Medicine and as an advisor to professional committees, non-governmental organizations and other agencies that provide basic services to older adults. Previously she served on the U.S. Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health NIA Behavior and Social Science of Aging Review Committee, which she also chaired for two years.

Immediate Past IAGG President

Professor Cha graduated with a degree in sociology from Seoul National University and obtained his PhD at Choong-Ang University in Korea. He began his career in 1971 in the Government of the Republic of Korea as Junior Secretary to the President. he then became Director of the Social Welfare Department and the Health Insurance Department of the Ministry of Health and Welfare of the Republic of Korea. He served as the ROK Minister of Health and Welfare (1999-2000) and is currently President of theKorea National Council on Social Welfare (2011- present). From 1983 to 2008, Professor Cha joined Hallym University, first as Professor in the Department of Social welfare, then as Dean of the College of Social Science and lastly as Vice President of the University. He is currently professor Emeritus of the department of social welfare at Hallym university, in Korea.

IAGG President Elect

Dr. José Ricardo Jauregui was licensed as a physician in 1986, from Buenos Aires University School of Medicine, where he graduated with honors. He took his residency program in Internal Medicine between 1987 and 1990. That year he graduated as a Geriatrician. Dr. Jauregui recently obtained his PhD from Salamanca University in Spain and is Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Buenos Aires University, Tucuman University and Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires School of Medicine. He is also a Professor of Family Medicine, associated researcher, and the Director of the new Institute of Biology of Aging at University of Buenos Aires.

Europe Regional Chair:

Dr. Mario Barbagallo is a full professor of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, University of Palermo. Head of the Geriatric Unit, University Hospital of Palermo, Italy. Dr. Barbagallo received his Ph.D. in Physiology at the University of Rome in 1989. Visiting scientist at the Cardiovascular Center, Cornell University Medical Center, New York, NY, USA in 1991 1992. Visiting scientist, at the Department of Physiology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, in 1992. Dr. Barbagallo is a Fulbright Scholar and a visiting professor at the Division of Endocrinology and Hypertension, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA in 1994-1995. Visiting Professor at the Capitol University of Medical Sciences, Bejing (China) in 1994. His research interests include Diabetes and Hypertension, Diabetes and cognitive decline, Insulin resistance, Magnesium, Diabetes in the elderly, Frailty.

Asia/Oceania Regional Chair

Dr. Prasert Assantachai is an Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine as well as Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, of Mahidol University in Salaya, Thailand. His research interests include disease prevention and health promotion of older adults, cognitive impairments and dementia as well as caregiver burden and needs. As Associate Professor, Dr. Assantachai has received recognition for both his research and academic expertise.  In   2000, he   received appreciation as an Outstanding intellectual of the 21st Century from the International Biographical Center in Cambridge, England; was awarded the Outstanding Clinical Research Award, in 2007; was acknowledged for skilled academic writing, in 2009, by Siriraj Hospital of Mahidol University; and, in 2013, Dr. Assantachai was granted the Siriraj Glory Award Faculty of Medicine, again from Siriraj Hospital. In addition to these achievements, Dr. Assantachai is currently President of the Association of Geriatric Medicine and Geriatric Medicine and recently elected the Asia/Oceania Regional Chair for the International Association for Gerontology & Geriatrics.

Africa Regional Chair

Professor Isabella Aboderin holds a PhD from the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, UK (2000); an MSc degree in health promotion sciences from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, and a BSc degree in cellular and molecular pathology from the University of Bristol, UK. Professor Aboderin is a senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute of Ageing, University of Oxford (oia). Isabella leads the institute's program of work on Africa and is coordinator of the African Research on Ageing Network (AFRAN). She has extensive expertise in qualitative research and experience of quantitative analysis and survey design. Her research interests center on three areas: social and life course determinants of health in old age, ageing and development in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), and intergenerational family support and social change in SSA.

North America Regional Chair

Dr. Ken Madden is an associate professor of geriatric medicine at the University of British Columbia and the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Geriatrics Journal. His lab has examined the effect of exercise interventions in older adults with Type 2 diabetes, the ability of different forms of exercise to impact arterial stiffness in subjects at high cardiometabolic risk, and the impact of sedentary behaviors on cardiometabolic risk factors. He has also examined the impact of age and diabetes on postprandial cardiovascular responses and orthostatic intolerance. He is division head of Geriatric Medicine at Vancouver General Hospital, and holds peer-reviewed grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and the Canadian Diabetes Association.

South America and Caribbean Regional Chair

Dr. Fernando Cono Botta Cabrera, born in 1959 is a Doctor of Medicine graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, UDELAR in 1984; Specialist in Pre-Old age and Geriatrics-Gerontology, Graduate School-Faculty of Medicine, UDELAR, graduated in 1999. He has a degree in Healthcare Services Management from Faculty of Economics and Administration and Faculty of Medicine, UDELAR, graduated in 2006 and a Medical Informatics degree from the Faculty of Engineering, UDE obtained in 2013. He’s currently Chief of Medicine in Hospital Florida and Technical Director in COMEF, Uruguay. He was General Secretary of Uruguayan Medical Union (SMF) for the period 2003-2005, President of the Uruguayan Gerontology and Geriatrics Association (SUGG) for the consecutive periods 2010-2011 and 2012-2013 and has been Council Member of the Latin American Committee of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (COMLAT-IAGG) since September 2016. He’s been Webmaster for the SUGG and Editor for the Geriatric-Gerontologic Newsletter, medium of diffusion for the SUGG, as well as President and guest speaker in multiple Congresses and scientific events. He has served as a member in multiple government programs in his country involving elderly people and been Director and teacher in training courses in various education sectors associated with human resources development and training in Geriatrics and Gerontology, being a Latin-American referent in these areas.

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