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David B. Trinkle, M.D.

As a Board Certified Geriatric Psychiatrist Dr. Trinkle’s focus is to provide mental health services for the aging and elderly through a continuum of care model and utilizing medical technology for seniors. With numerous article publications in various medical and lay journals pertaining to the field of Geriatric Psychiatry and medical technology for seniors, he received funding for research on Mild Cognitive Impairment, Wearable Monitoring of Agitation in Nursing Home Dementia Patients, and Emotional Correlates of Falls in the Elderly.

In addition to his clinic, he is actively involved in teaching and curricular design for Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) students at Carilion Clinic as well as community engagement and outreach for VTCSOM as Associate Dean for Community and Culture. Dave is very active in his community, governmental, and professional organizations to raise awareness of Geriatric Mental Health and the need for access to treatment for this population. For many years, he routinely received the title “Best Doctor,” “Best Geriatrician” and “Best Bedside Manner” by nurses and patients in local magazines. He currently serves on the Local Office on Aging and Total Action for Progress boards and was recently appointed by Governor Northam to the Virginia Commission for the Arts. He is actively working with the LOA and AARP to improve Roanoke’s standing as an age friendly and engaged community.

While there are many theories linking geriatrics, psychiatry and community involvement, Dr. Trinkle has modeled his career on evidence-based aging research showing that those who are involved in the world around them live longer and more satisfied lives and strives to help his patients remain actively engaged in their community and with their families.

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