Rebecca T. Brown, MD, MPH

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Associate Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics)
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Research Associate, Population Aging Research Center
Senior Fellow, Penn Center for Public Health
Department: Medicine

Contact information
Ralston House
3615 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 573-2021
Education:
AB (English)
Harvard College, Cambridge, MA, 1999.
MD (Medicine)
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 2005.
MPH (Clinical Effectiveness)
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 2011.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

As a geriatrician, Dr. Brown has expertise practicing in several clinical settings, including inpatient geriatrics consults and Acute Care for Elders units and outpatient primary care geriatrics. She currently practices primary care geriatrics at the Corporal Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia.

Description of Research Expertise

The goal of Dr. Brown's research is to improve functional status and quality of life for socioeconomically vulnerable older adults. A substantial part of Dr. Brown's research has examined the epidemiology and outcomes of functional impairment and other geriatric conditions among vulnerable older populations. Her most recent work builds upon these epidemiologic findings to develop and test interventions to optimize function for vulnerable older adults in both clinic and community settings. She currently holds a K76 Beeson Advanced Career Development Award from the NIA focused on improving function and independence for older adults living in federally subsidized housing, as well as a VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) grant focused on improving identification and management of functional impairment among older adults in primary care settings.

Selected Publications

Brown RT, Zamora K, Rizzo A, Spar M, Fung K, Santiago L, Nicosia FM: Improving measurement of functional status among older veterans in primary care: a pilot study. Poster presentation at American Geriatric Society Annual Scientific Meeting; virtual May 9 2024.

Maitra MR, Su K, Peeples A, Goodman O, Brown RT: Aging in place among formerly homeless older veterans Living in permanent supportive housing: perspectives and experiences of veterans and VA staff members. Poster presentation at American Geriatric Society Annual Scientific Meeting; virtual May 10 2024.

Su K, Maitra MR, Peeples A, Goodman O, Brown RT: Developing an intervention to enhance aging in place for formerly homeless older veterans living in permanent supportive housing. Poster presentation at American Geriatric Society Annual Scientific Meeting; virtual May 9 2024.

Brown RT, Lu, Q, Xie D, Guevara T, Kalman J, Reyes-Farias D, Resnick B, Reid C, Mechanic-Hamilton D, Rascovsky K, Stites S, Long J: Improving functional status among older adults living in subsidized housing: a pilot study Paper presentation, Disparities: Can We Do Better? Paper Session, American Geriatric Society Annual Scientific Meeting; virtual May 9 2024.

Schmucker AM, Reyes-Farias D, Nicosia FM, Xu E, B Potter M, Karliner LS, Brown RT: Caring for patients with functional impairment in middle age: perspectives from primary care providers and geriatricians. J Gen Intern Med Mar 15 2024 Notes: doi: 10.1007/s11606-024-08701-1. Online ahead of print.

Warren CM, Brown RT, Ashcraft LE: Evidence-based tailoring of home-based occupational therapy interventions for older adults in complex healthcare systems. Poster presentation at American Occupational Therapy Association INSPIRE 2024 Annual Conference & Expo; Orlando, Florida March 2024.

Kler S, Diaz-Ramirez LG, Ryskina KL, Jeon S, Patel K, Cudjoe TKM, Ritchie CS, Boscardin WJ, Brown RT: Geriatric conditions and health care utilization among older adults living in subsidized housing J Amer Geriatr Soc 2024 Notes: Accepted for publication

Stites SD, Lee BN, Largent EA, Harkins K, Sankar P, Krieger A, Brown RT: Double-edged sword: a positive brain scan result heightens confidence in an Alzheimer’s diagnosis but also leads to higher stigma among older adults in a vignette-based experiment J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 2024 Notes: Accepted for publication.

Brown RT, Zamora K, Rizzo A, Spar MJ, Fung KZ, Santiago L, Campbell A, Nicosia FM: Improving measurement of functional status among older adults in primary care: a pilot study. PLOS One 2024 Notes: Accepted for publication.

Peeples AD, Ashcraft LE, Goodman OK, Pascal CF, Whiteside PG, Pelcher LR, Manges-Piazza K, Brown RT, Burke RE: Silver linings: opportunities and insights from care providers on benefits of attempted implementation. 16th Annual Dissemination & Implementation Conference, Washington, D.C. Dec 11 2023.

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Last updated: 05/31/2024
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