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AMMG Presents 2008 Alan P. Mintz Award to L. Stephen Coles, M.D., Ph.D.

Jeff Morris

The 2008 Alan P. Mintz, M.D. Award for Clinical Excellence in Age Management Medicine was presented on Friday, November 7 to L. Stephen Coles, M.D., Ph.D. The presentation took place at the Age Management Medicine Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Age Management Medicine Group created this award of distinction to honor Dr. Alan P. Mintz as a friend, mentor and true medical professional, who did much to advance this new medical specialty. The Alan P. Mintz, M.D. Award is presented annually to a physician reflecting Dr. Mintz’s clinical excellence in patient care, healthy living, quality of life and entrepreneurship. As a mentor, innovator, and visionary, Dr. Mintz inspired many with his brilliant insights into Age Management Medicine, fueled by his desire to help others live a vital life. He forged new medical frontiers, embraced the spirit of determination and exemplified medical excellence.

Dr. L. Stephen Coles is a Visiting Scholar at the UCLA Department of Computer Science. He was a co-founder of the Los Angeles Gerontology Research Group in 1990, as well as a Director and Treasurer of the Supercentenarian Research Foundation, which studies persons who have lived to be 110 years or older. The Gerontology Research Group serves as an important vehicle for dissemination of information to researchers and medical professionals and serves as an outlet for discussion and new ideas in many areas of medicine, including gerontology and Age Management Medicine. Dr. Coles' work with the Supercentenarian Research Foundation has involved extensive cataloging and research of deceased and living persons aged 110 and older, both in the U.S. and internationally. This foundation has begun research that includes post mortem examinations and lifestyle assessments, in the world's first attempt to answer the eternal question, "Why do these people live to be the oldest on earth?" Dr. Coles is the author of 125 scientific papers and holds two patents. He has published a number of papers and articles on topics related to Age Management Medicine. He served as Conference Program Chairman for the predecessor of the AMMG Conferences which were held in Las Vegas and Miami four years ago.

  (Photo Credit: Natalie S. Coles)
Dr. L. Stephen Coles in April at Mrs. Gertrude Baines' birthday party when she turned 114 (she is the third oldest person in the world and lives in Los Angeles)

Dr. Coles received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, his Master's in Mathematics from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in Systems and Communication Sciences from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. His thesis advisor, Prof. Herbert A. Simon, was a Nobel Prize winner in Economics. After attending Stanford University Medical School, Dr. Coles completed his Clinical Internship in OB/GYN at the Jackson Memorial Hospital of the University of Miami Medical School, where he delivered hundreds of babies. After teaching at Stanford and UC Berkeley, Dr. Coles served as a Visiting Scientist for the US Intelligence Community's Office of Research and Development in Washington, D.C. He has worked for the NASA CalTech/JPL Facilities in Pasadena on a variety of space missions, taught Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems in the Computer Science Department at USC, and served as a Chief Technologist for Computer Sciences Corporation in El Segundo, CA. He serves as a Member of the Medical Advisory Board to the Cenegenics Education and Research Foundation (CERF).

L. Stephen Coles, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Founder, Los Angeles Gerontology Research Group



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