He directs the University of Minnesota's Center on Aging, the Minnesota Area Geriatric Education Center, the Clinical Outcomes Research Center and an AHRQ-funded Evidence-Based Practice Center. He is the author or editor of 31 books, including The Good Caregiver (The Penguin Group; 2011) and It Shouldn't Be This Way: The Failure of Long-Term Care (Vanderbilt University Press, 2005).
He has also authored more than 470 journal articles and book chapters on geriatrics, health services research and long-term care systems both in this country and abroad. His struggles to get adequate long-term care for his mother led to his founding a national organization dedicated to improving long-term care, Professionals with Personal Experience with Chronic Care (PPECC), which has over 800 members.
Dr. Kane has received the President's Award from the American Society on Aging and the Polisher Award from the Gerontological Society of America, the Enrico Greppi Prize from the Italian Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics and the British Geriatrics Society Medal for the Relief of Suffering Amongst the Aged.