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Rebecca A. Silliman, MD, PhD, Director of Research for the Section of Geriatrics at Boston Medical Center, has over 17 years of continuous federal research grant support, with a focus on chronic illness care in older adults.

Her primary focus has been on breast cancer care in older women, with current principal investigator funding including two R01s and a K05 Established Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute. Her K05 was renewed successfully in July 2006 in recognition of her outstanding track record in mentoring and innovative research in cancer prevention and control in older adults. Dr. Silliman is the principal investigator of two grants funded by the NCI related to breast cancer care in older women. She is a leader in the emerging field of Geriatric Oncology and serves as a key mentor for trainees at all levels who are pursuing careers in aging research. She is principal investigator of the NIA-funded Summer Institute in Geriatric Medicine for medical students; the John A. Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence In Geriatrics; and an R01 testing an intervention to increase walking in older adults.

Dr. Silliman has been a co-investigator/faculty member for Boston University’s Clinical Research Training Program (CREST) since its initial funding in 1999; oversees research training for Boston Medical Center’s Geriatric Medicine fellows; and is co-principal investigator of the Boston University Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH K12).  At the national level, Dr. Silliman serves as chair of Research Committee for American Geriatrics Society (AGS) . Dr. Silliman has served as Chief of the Section of Geriatrics at Boston Medical Center since 2000.  She has extensive study section experience and currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.


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