Eva Schmitt, Assistant Scientist I, is the Associate Director of the Aging Brain Center, and overall Director of the Successful Aging after Elective Surgery(SAGES) and Better Assessment of Illness (BASIL) Studies; and responsible for the operations of the Aging Brain Center and the studies. Dr. Eva Schmitt joined the Aging Brain Center in 2010. Dr. Schmitt worked in Germany as a licensed social worker (LMSW, 1985) in Senior Housing Programs and community-based health service research for seniors. In 1992, she obtained a Masters in Social Gerontology from the University of Kassel, Germany, and participated in an applied research project in Berlin, Germany, to improve discharge planning for older adults. She was an instructor for social work and nursing at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Science in Berlin. Dr. Schmitt obtained a PhD in Social Gerontology from the University Kassel, Germany (2006), and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF, 2010), Department of Psychology, Community-Academic Research Alliance. She was an appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor at UCSF. In San Francisco, she was the Director of Program Evaluations at the Institute on Aging, a not-for-profit health care provider, and an evaluator of educational programs at the UCSF, Division of Geriatrics. Dr Schmitt was subsequently recruited by IFAR–ABC.