Thomas M. Gill, M.D., an expert in research and clinical care aimed at preventing disability among older persons, has received the 2012 Joseph T. Freeman Award from the Gerontological Society of America.

Gill, the Humana Professor of Medicine and professor of epidemiology and of investigative medicine, is a leading authority on the epidemiology and prevention of disability among older persons. His research has offered compelling evidence to support an emerging paradigm of disability as a reversible, and often recurrent, event. With results from his epidemiologic studies, Gill successfully implemented a landmark clinical trial that demonstrated that functional decline among frail elderly persons can be prevented.

Gill serves as director of the Yale Program on Aging, the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, the Center on Disability and Disabling Disorders, and a National Institute on Aging-funded postdoctoral training program in geriatric clinical epidemiology and aging-related research.