The Section of Geriatrics at Boston University and Boston Medical Center is an interdisciplinary group of healthcare professionals whose mission is to address the special needs of the diverse geriatric populations of the metro-Boston area. We are committed to delivering high-quality, comprehensive and cutting-edge care to the older adult in a variety of settings, and to providing innovative leadership in geriatric education, scholarship, patient advocacy and community outreach.

As people age, their medical care can become more and more complex. At Boston Medical Center, the Geriatrics Program is devoted to the unique healthcare needs of those 70 and older whether they are mobile, homebound, or in a nursing home. Care is provided in a coordinated, team approach aimed at helping preserve the greatest degree of independence possible. The program’s doctors, nurses, case managers, nurse practitioners and social workers have geriatrics skills and experience to meet a patient’s primary care needs, even if transition from one setting to another becomes necessary.

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Treatments & Services

Ambulatory Practice

Office-based primary care in the Shapiro Center clinic is available.

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Geriatrics Assessment Center

The Geriatrics Assessment Center (GAC) provides older adults with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary team evaluation to help the patient, family, and primary physician develop a treatment plan that addresses medical, psychological, social, and functional issues.

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Memory Disorders Clinic

Difficulty remembering new information, finding words or solving everyday problems can be upsetting for elderly and aging patients: from those faced with the first signs of memory loss to those suffering with late stage neurocognitive impairment (dementia).

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Nursing Home Program

Delivering primary care to those 65 and older at several of the best known skilled nursing facilities located in Boston. BMC geriatrics providers are specially trained to provide care in both short-term rehabilitation and long-term care settings.

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Hospital Care

Patients who require hospitalization are admitted to the Geriatrics Inpatient Service and care is directed by one of the geriatrics doctors. The inpatient team includes both physicians and nurses specializing in geriatrics as well as pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists, social services, and discharge planning specialists as needed.

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Our Team

All of our physicians are board certified in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine and most have board certification or added qualifications in geriatrics as well. Our social services are managed by a licensed geriatrics social worker.

Our clinicians are leaders in their field, recognized regionally and nationally for their excellence in geriatric care and teaching. As full-time staff members at Boston Medical Center and faculty members at the Boston University School of Medicine, they provide patient care and train doctors and other clinicians who wish to specialize in geriatrics. They serve on professional committees, community boards, deliver presentations and lectures locally and nationally and publish in distinguished academic journals. As researchers, our physicians lead investigations in many areas of geriatrics research, such as successful aging and exceptional longevity, breast cancer care in older women, innovations in geriatrics clinical care delivery to vulnerable elders and basic mechanisms of aging. Our program has been designated and funded as a Center of Excellence in Geriatrics by the John A. Hartford Foundation of New York.

Geriatrics Clinicians

Hollis D Day, MD, MS

Chief of Geriatric Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Adam B Burrows, MD

Medical Director, Upham's Elder Service Plan
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

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Lisa B Caruso, MD

Physician, Nursing Home
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Ryan Z Chippendale, MD

Physician, Home Care
Assistant Professor of Geriatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Catherine Fabrizi, MSN, RN, BC

Director of Nursing
Nurse Leader, Home Care Program
Instructor, Boston University School of Medicine
Board Certified Geriatrics Nurse Practitioner

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Rossana P Lau-Ng, MD

Physician, Nursing Home
Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Won M Lee, MD

Physician, Home Care
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Thomas T Perls, MD

Director, New England Centenarian Study
Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

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Irina Vovnoboy, MD

Physician, Nursing Home
Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Megan E Young, MD

Physician, Home Care
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Julia Burns, MD

Nurse Case Managers

Patricia Dockrey, RN, BSN
Michael Dolak, RN
Dianne Lawlor, RN, BSN
Huyen Ngo, RN, MSN
Le Nguyen, RN-BC, BSN
Ingrid Philemond, RN

Clinic Nurses

Barbara Buczynski, RN
Erin Egan, RN
Norma Gonzalez, RN

George Rosenthal, MD
Emeritus Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, BUSM
Board Certified in Internal Medicine

Patient Resources

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Whether for diagnostics, treatment, a single consultation, second opinion or ongoing follow-up, BMC geriatric physicians will keep the consulting physician fully informed of the patient's treatment plan and coordinate long term management.

Research Overview

Geriatrics Education & Research

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Useful Links

Helpful information, resources and support about Geriatrics.