Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana University Center for Aging Research, Regenstrief Institute
Dr. Alexia Torke is an assistant professor of medicine in the department of general medicine and geriatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, and research scientist with the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute, an informatics and healthcare research organization that is part of the Indiana University. Dr. Torke also directs the ethics fellowship at the Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, which coordinates the major service, research, and educational efforts in clinical ethics for Clarian Health Partners, the state of Indiana's largest health system.
Dr. Torke received her undergraduate degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and her MD from Indiana University. She completed her residency in primary care and internal medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, and then joined the faculty at Emory as a clinician-educator. During that time, she served on the Grady Memorial Hospital Ethics Committee and was a faculty fellow in ethics at Emory University. She developed curricula in ethics and end of life care for medical students and residents. After five years on the faculty, Dr. Torke moved to the University of Chicago to pursue further training through a fellowship in primary care health services research and ethics, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Under the mentorship of Mark Siegler and Caleb Alexander, she completed both the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics Fellowship and a masters in science for clinical professionals.
Dr. Torke's research focuses on ethical aspects of medical decision making for older adults. While at Emory, her research addressed end-of-life decision-making for hospitalized adults. Her current research focuses on surrogate decision-making for older adults with dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment, addressing the process by which physicians, family members and others make decisions for older patients who lose the capacity to decide for themselves. Her research has been published in Archives of Internal Medicine, the Journal of General Internal Medicine and the Journal of Clinical Ethics.