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Dr. Tanya Wildes is a hematologist/oncologist/geriatrician in St. Louis, Missouri who studies the intersection of myeloma and other cancers with aging. Dr. Wildes is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine. She received both her MD and Master's in Science of Clinical Investigation from Washington University of Medicine in St. Louis. In her research, she is focused on the care of older adults with cancer, particularly hematologic malignancies like multiple myeloma. She has funded projects validating a risk-prediction model for falls in older adults with cancer and is developing a fall prevention intervention. She is also studying whether this model gives insight into which older adults with multiple myeloma will be at greater risks for falls or new dependences in day-to-day life. Understanding which factors that are associated with both aging and treatment strategies will help researchers compare the effectiveness of different treatments in older adults as well. Her goal is to improve the care of older adults by recognizing the factors that make a person vulnerable to side effects of therapy and to improve supportive care to allow them to receive optimal therapy and meet their own goals of treatment.