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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Our Team

All of our physicians are board certified in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine and have board certification 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 Chobanian & Avedisian 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

George Rosenthal, MD
Emeritus Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Board Certified in Internal Medicine

Nurse Case Managers

Patricia Dockrey, RN, BSN

Michael Dolak, RN

Dianne Lawlor, RN, BSN

Le Nguyen, RN-BC, BSN

Ingrid Philemond, RN, BSN

Amanda Mitchell, RN, BSN

Clinic Nurses

Barbara Buczynski, RN

Jennifer Sergile, RN

Beth McMahon, RN

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Research and Education

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Helpful information, resources and support about Geriatrics.

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Tune in to see a day in the life of Dr. Shravya Budidi, one of our amazing geriatrics fellows.

Learn more about home visits, meet the BMC geriatrics team and hear her answer questions about her life at BMC.

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