Paulo H. M. Chaves, M.D., Ph.D.

Leon Medical Centers Endowed Scholar Chair in Geriatrics; Director, Benjamin Leon Family Center for Geriatric Research & Education; and Associate Professor

Department of Translational Medicine; Division of Internal Medicine

Office: AHC4 - 221

Phone: 305-348-4789


Specialty: Geriatrics, Gerontology, and Epidemiology

Languages spoken: English and Portuguese

Dr. Paulo H. M. Chaves is a geriatrician and clinical epidemiologist. He serves as preceptor for graduate students seeking geriatrics/gerontology-oriented clinical research, and, in strategic partnership with Leon Medical Centers, he participates in the planning and coordination of the Leon Medical Centers Annual Geriatrics Conference, a major College of Medicine continuing medical education (CME) program that provides state-of-art updates on current topics relevant for physicians involved with the healthcare of older adults. Chaves’ scholarly activities include collaborative research with Cardiovascular Health Study network investigators.

Before coming to FIU, Chaves served as the director of the Epidemiology of Aging program at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and co-investigator and/or principal investigator of the Hopkins multicenter for National Institutes of Health-funded population-based studies of older adults. And he holds an appointment as adjunct associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology.

Research Interests

Dr. Chaves’ research focuses on the epidemiology of geriatrics syndromes, including physical frailty, mobility disability, and falls; age-related chronic diseases, and outpatient-centered health services research in Medicare beneficiaries.


Ph.D., Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, MD (2001)
M.D., Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  (1988)

Active Grants

  1. Advancing Primary Care Delivery to Medicare ad Dual Eligible Beneficiaries in South Florida
    : Leon Medical Centers
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Project Period:  7/1/2019 - 6/30/2023
    Summary: Translational epidemiologic research project using clinical epidemiology and health services research methods ultimately aimed ta enhancing the health care of major age-related chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases and osteoporosis, and geriatric syndromes, including falls, frailty and mobility disability.


  • Leon Medical Centers Eminent Scholar Chair in Geriatrics, Florida International University (2012)
  • Clinical Research ­Junior Faculty Award, presented by the Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine, Baltimore, MD (2002)
  • New Investigator Award, offered by the American Geriatrics Society in recognition of outstanding research in the field of Geriatrics, Washington, DC (2002)
  • Aetna Award for Excellence in Research in Older Women and Public Health, presented by the American Public Health Association, 130 th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, (2002)
  • Best Paper Award. Annual Meeting American Geriatrics Society, Chicago, IL (2001)

Selected Publications

  1. Chaves PHM, Ashar B, Guralnik JM, Fried LP. Looking at the relationship between hemoglobin concentration and mobility difficulty in older women. Should the criteria currently used to define anemia in older people be reevaluated? J Am Geriatr Soc. 2002;50(7):1257-64. PMID: 12133021
  2. Chaves PHM, Xue QL, Guralnik JM, Ferrucci L, Volpato S, Fried LP. What constitutes normal hemoglobin concentration in community-dwelling disabled older women? J Am Geriatr Soc. 2004 Nov;52(11):1811-6. PMID: 15507056.
  3. Chaves PHM. Functional outcomes of anemia in older adults. Semin Hematol. 2008 Oct;45(4):255-60. PMID: 18809096.
  4. Chaves PHM, Varadhan R, Lipsitz LA, Stein PK, Windham BG, Tian J, Fleisher LA, Guralnik JM, Fried LP. Physiological complexity underlying heart rate dynamics and frailty status in community-dwelling older women. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2008 Sep;56(9):1698-703. PMCID: PMC2848445.
  5. Chaves PHM, Garrett ES, Fried LP. Predicting the risk of mobility difficulty in older women with screening nomograms: the Women's Health and Aging Study II. Arch Intern Med. 2000 Sep 11;160(16):2525-33. PMID: 10979066.

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