Joseph Nnodim, MBBS, PhD, FACP

Clinical Associate Professor, Geriatric and Palliative Medicine

University of Michigan Geriatrics

300 North Ingalls

Room 925

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2007


Dr. Nnodim is a graduate of the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Wales, United Kingdom. After an internal medicine residency at the Saginaw Program of Michigan State University, he completed a geriatrics fellowship and a special program in advanced geriatrics at the University of Michigan. Dr. Nnodim is board-certified in internal medicine, geriatrics, and hospice and palliative medicine. His area of research is human gait properties and his clinical interests include balance and fall-risk assessment, mobility enhancement and fall prevention. Dr. Nnodim speaks English and Igbo.

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests: Balance and fall-risk assessment, mobility enhancement and fall prevention in older adults

Research Interests: Human gait properties. Our research is aimed at understanding the basis of the relationship between falls and variabilities in such gait measures as step width, stride and swing time. In our experiments, gait is studied under conditions which amplify the differences between safe and unsafe walking patterns. The results are expected to enable the early identification of persons at increased risk of fall on account of their gait properties. Remedial interventions may then be administered to such persons when the most benefit can be derived, which is before they actually begin to experience falls.


Medical School: University of Lagos, 1978

Residency: Saginaw Cooperative Hospitals, Internal Medicine, MI, 2003

Fellowship: Internal Medicine Geriatrics, University of Michigan Health System, 2004

Board Certification: Geriatric Medicine, Internal Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Medicine