Elizabeth Galik and Richard Stefanacci Named Co-Editors-in-Chief of Caring for the Ages

May 28, 2019

Columbia, MD – AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine has selected Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, and Richard Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBA, CMD as co-editors-in-chief of its official newspaper, Caring for the Ages. They are succeeding Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD, HMDC, who held the position for the past 10 years and will stay on as editor emeritus.

Dr. Galik is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and a nurse practitioner at the Sheppard Pratt Neuropsychiatry Program. An AMDA member since 2005, she won the Society’s Quality Improvement Award in 2006 and is a frequent speaker at the organization’s national and regional meetings. She routinely reviews for more than 15 journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA) and Geriatric Nursing.

Dr. Stefanacci is medical director at AtlantiCare/Geisinger and a professor at the Jefferson College of Population Health. He has been an AMDA member since 2000 and is on the faculty for the Core Curriculum on Medical Direction in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care. He has over 500 publications in addition to delivering more than 1,000 lectures both nationally and internationally focused on efficient and effective care delivery.

The retiring editor, Dr. Steinberg, has been a nursing home and hospice medical director since 1995. He is currently chief medical officer for Mariner Health Central, a 20-facility California corporation, and is medical director at Life Care Center of Vista, Carlsbad by the Sea Care Center, and Hospice by the Sea. He chaired AMDA’s Public Policy Committee for many years and was elected as the Society’s vice president at the 2019 annual conference in Atlanta.

“I would like to thank Dr. Steinberg for his many years of service to Caring for the Ages and am gratified that he is willing to continue to play a role with the publication,” says AMDA Executive Director Christopher E. Laxton, CAE. “He leaves big shoes to fill, but we know that Drs. Galik and Stefanacci are more than up to the task. Caring is a valuable and well-loved resource, for our members and the PALTC community as a whole, and I look forward to seeing how the publication evolves under the leadership of our new co-editors-in-chief.”


AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is the only medical specialty society representing the community of over 50,000 medical directors, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other practitioners working in the various post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) settings. Dedicated to defining and improving quality, we advance our mission through timely professional development, evidence-based clinical guidance, and tireless advocacy on behalf of members, patients, families, and staff. Visit www.paltc.org for more information.

Caring for the Ages is the official newspaper of AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. Caring provides PALTC professionals with timely and relevant news and commentary about clinical developments and best practices, and examines the impact of legal issues and health care policy on PALTC medicine. Learn more at www.caringfortheages.com.