Neil Resnick is a professor of medicine, chief of the Division of Geriatrics and director of the Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatrics at the University of Pittsburgh. He also directs the University of Pittsburgh Institute on Aging. Dr. Resnick has devoted his career to caring for older adults and to studying the causes of some of the chronic conditions from which they suffer. Before coming to Pittsburgh in 2000, he spent 15 years on the faculty at Harvard. During that time, he established and led the Gerontology Division at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He also founded and directed nation's first Continence Center. His research led to novel ways for primary care physicians to care for incontinent individuals and guidelines that have been adopted by the U.S. government for all incontinent adults, including those in nursing homes. More recently he was asked to help the World Health Organization adapt these guidelines for more widespread dissemination. He has conducted similar research into other common geriatric conditions, including osteoporosis, prostatism and delirium (aka acute confusion), among others. His work has been funded for two decades by NIH, CDC and several foundations, and he has published more than 150 articles and book chapters. He also has served as co-editor of a leading geriatric textbook and he authors the chapter on geriatric medicine for leading medical textbooks, including Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine.
A graduate of Yale University and Stanford Medical School, Dr. Resnick's work has been honored by awards from the American Geriatrics Society, the American Urological Association, the International Continence Society and the National Institutes of Health. In 2002, Dr. Resnick received the F. Brantley Scott Award from the American Foundation for Urological Disease (American Urological Association) "for extraordinary efforts to improve the quality of life for children and/or adults with bladder or sexual abnormalities." In 2003, he received the first John Humpal award from the Simon Foundation, the world's largest lay organization for people with incontinence, for "outstanding dedication to people with incontinence and the relentless pursuit of knowledge to find a cure." Dr. Resnick has been included in both the Best Doctors in America and in America's Top Doctors ever since their first editions, as well as in the city's "Best Doctor" lists by both Boston and Pittsburgh.