Vivyenne Roche, M.D.

Program Director, Geriatrics Fellowship Program

  • Distinguished Teaching Professor
  • Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
  • Memory Disorders
  • Functional Status

Biography

Vivyenne Roche, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. A specialist in geriatric medicine, her interests include memory disorders, helping patients maintain or improve their functional status, polypharmacy, and quality improvement.

Dr. Roche earned her medical degree at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She completed residencies in internal medicine at Dublin, Ireland; at Perth, Western Australia; at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver; and at UT Southwestern. She received advanced training in geriatric medicine through a fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in geriatric medicine, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1999.

A Distinguished Teaching Professor, Dr. Roche serves as Director of the Geriatric Care Center Clinic at UT Southwestern. In addition, she is the Course Director of Frontiers in Aging, a one-month selective block rotation for fourth-year medical students; Director of UT Southwestern Home Health Care; and Director of the UTSW Geriatrics Fellowship Program.

She is a Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society, serving nationally as a member of its Ethnogeriatrics Committee and its Ethics Committee, as well as Co-Chair of its Quality Indicators Subcommittee. She is also a member of the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Roche has delivered countless invited lectures, contributed to the book Geriatric Urology, and published multiple academic articles.

In 2016, she was elected to the UT Southwestern Academy of Teachers. In 2019, she was elected to the UT Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., Academy of Health Science Education.

Education & Training
  • Medical School - Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Residency - Parkland Health & Hospital System (1998-1999), Internal Medicine
  • Residency - St. Joseph's Hospital (1995-1996), Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship - University of Colorado School of Medicine (1993-1995), Geriatrics
  • Residency - Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital (1990-1992), Internal Medicine
  • Residency - Beau Meyer, M.D. (1988-1990), Medicine
  • Internship - Beau Meyer, M.D. (1987-1988), Internal Medicine
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Geriatrics Society
  • American College of Physicians
  • Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor 2005-2021
  • SWAT Member 2016-2020, Elected to the Southwestern Academy of Teachers
  • Top Doctors in US 2009-2020, News and World Report
  • Regents Outstanding Teaching Award Finalist 2019, UT Southwestern
  • Shine Award 2019, Elected to the UT Kenneth Shine M.D. Academy of Health Science Education
  • Outstanding Teacher Award by Medical Students, Class of 2018 2016, UT Southwestern Medical Students
  • Outstanding Teacher Award by Medical Students, Class of 2018 2015, UT Southwestern Medical Students
  • Outstanding Committee Member on Ethnogeriatrics Committee 2013, American Geriatrics Society
  • Educational Product of the Year Module 2013, DFW Reynolds Foundation Annual Meeting
  • Educational Product of the Year Module 2011, DFW Reynolds Foundation Annual Meeting
  • Bridges to Excellence Initiatives 2012, North Texas Employer Collaborative
  • Top 100 Home Care Agencies in the US 2011, as Medical Director at UT Southwestern Home Health Care since 2000
  • ELAM Finalist 2011, UT Southwestern
  • Fellow 2011, American Geriatric Society
  • Fellow 2009, American College of Physicians
  • Top 5 in Class 1987, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland
Books & Publications
Research
  • Cardiovascular Health and Primary Prevention

Clinical Focus

  • Memory Disorders
  • Functional Status
  • Polypharmacy
  • Health Maintenance
  • Goals of care

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