James Pacala, MD, MS

Professor and Head, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

James Pacala

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-333-0770

Office Address:
University of Minnesota
6-240 Phillips-Wangensteen Bldg
516 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Sara Olson

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

MD, University of Rochester

University of Wisconsin-Madison Family Medicine Residency

Fellowship, University of Connecticut (geriatrics)

Fellowship, Brown University (health services research)

MS, Brown University


James Pacala, MD, MS, is professor and head of the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

James Pacala, MD, MS, has performed research and published extensively on models of care delivery to geriatric populations and innovative teaching methods. He is a past president of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and is co-author of the AGS practice handbook, Geriatrics At Your Fingertips

Pacala currently chairs the UCare Board of Directors. In 2013, he was appointed to the 2013-14 Health and Aging Policy Fellowship.


Geriatrics, medical student education, health services research



Pacala JT, Yueh B. Hearing deficits in the older patient: "I didn't notice anything." JAMA. 2012;307(11):1185-94.

Resnick B, Pacala JT. 2012 Beers criteria. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012;60(4):612-3.

Reuben DB, Herr KA, Pacala JT, et al. Geriatrics At Your Fingertips: 2012. 14th ed. New York: American Geriatrics Society; 2012.

Pacala JT. Prevention of disease and disability in the elderly. In: Porter RS, Kaplan JL, eds. The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. Whitehouse Station, NJ: Merck Sharp & Dohme; 2011.

Pacala JT. Promoting quality of life in chronically ill and older people. In: Sloane PD, Slatt LM, Ebell MH, Smith MA, Power D, Viera AJ, eds. Essentials of Family Medicine. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2011.



  • Geriatrics
  • Medical student education