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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BMC’s Geriatrics Home Care Program

Established in 1875, BMC’s Geriatrics Home Care Program is the oldest, continuously operating in-home medical service in the United States, delivering care to those who cannot leave their homes for treatment.

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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

Geriatrics Doctors

Hollis D Day, MD, MS

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

Geriatrics, Cognitive Impairment, Dementia

Heidi P Auerbach, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment, Polypharmacy, Memory Loss, Falls, Frailty

Adam B Burrows, MD

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

Community-based long-term care; Geriatrics; Psychopharmacology

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Lisa B Caruso, MD

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

Geriatrics, Dementia, Inpatient Geriatrics, Long term care

Ryan Z Chippendale, MD

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

geriatrics, complex medical care, dementia, medical education, end of life

Katherine M Concilio, NP

Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Geriatrics, End of Life Care, Alzheimer's Care

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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Marie F Guerrier, NP

Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Acute and chronic Disease Management, Palliative Care, Diabetes Management, Heart Failure, Dementia

Monica L Hogan, NP

Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

21st Annual Nursing Excellence Awards

Ilona M Kopits, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Geriatrics, PACE - Program of all-inclusive care of the elderly

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Rossana P Lau-Ng, MD

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

Geriatrics, Medical Education, Interprofessional Education, Nursing Home, Family Medicine

Won M Lee, MD

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

Geriatrics primary care, Geriatrics home-based care

Thomas T Perls, MD

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

Healthy Aging, Geriatrics, Centenarians, Anti-Aging Quackery, Adverse Events Testosterone and Growth Hormone

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Vassiliki Pravodelov, MD

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

Comprehensive Primary Care for the Older Adult

Leah S Taffel, MD

Dementia, Older Adults with Chronic Kidney Disease, Falls, Geriatrics, End of Life Care

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

Geriatrics, Complex Chronic Disease Management, Medical Student Education, Clinical Reasoning, Dementia

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

Please go to http://www.bumc.bu.edu/geriatrics/ for more information on our education and research opportunities.

Useful Links

Helpful information, resources and support about Geriatrics.

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