Dr. Greg Sachs earned his B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1981. Upon graduating, he continued his education at Yale University where he earned his M.D. in 1985. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics in 1987. He completed two fellowships at the University of Chicago in 1990, one in clinical medical ethics and one in geriatric medicine. He began his teaching career at IUPUI School of Medicine in 2007 as a professor of medicine. In 2014, he earned the additional title of professor in the Department of Neurology.
Sachs’ research and writing focus on ethical issues in dementia care, including palliative care for people with dementia. Sachs has been the recipient of grants from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the leading foundations funding research in geriatrics, ethics, or palliative care. He has published more than 115 articles in peer-reviewed journals, with one of his most notable papers being “Dying from Dementia,” which appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Sachs has received the Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation Award from the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and was a medical honoree of the national Alzheimer’s Association. He has taken on leadership roles in several organizations, including serving on the national board of directors of AGS, the editorial board of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and chairing both the Academic Task Force and Leadership and Workforce Strategic Coordinating Committee for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Board-certified in internal medicine, geriatrics, and palliative care, Sachs also has been named a “Top Doctor” by Indianapolis Monthly on several occasions, having previously been named a “Top Doctor” in Chicago, and a U.S. “Top Doctor” for more than 15 consecutive years.