Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care and Aging

The original goal of the endowed Minnesota Long-Term Care Chair in Aging, now called the Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care & Aging (hereafter referred to as Chair or LTC Chair for brevity), was to establish long-term care as an academic discipline. The Chair was to “attract other outstanding faculty colleagues, bright graduate and undergraduate students, and federal and private research dollars” (Hicks, 1987; personal communication). Dr. Robert L. Kane (the original holder of the Chair from 1990-2017) was internationally recognized as a scientist, geriatrician, and educator of long-term care.  As Gayle Kvenold, the former CEO of LeadingAge Minnesota, noted in her obituary for Dr. Kane: “It is impossible to capture in just a few sentences Dr. Kane’s inestimable impact on long-term care policy and practice in the United States, and abroad and right here in our own backyard” (Gvenvold, 2017).

The mission of the current Chair (Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD) is to advance scientific excellence in long-term care and aging that shapes the practice, policy, and pedagogy of these critical areas of focus. The core objective of the LTC Chair is to serve as a catalyst to build aging-specific initiatives across and beyond the University.

Robert Kane

Robert L. Kane, MD (1940-2017)

The LTC Chair is currently sponsoring the following initiatives:

LTC Chair Supported Initiatives

Annual Highlights

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