Rebecca T. Brown, MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department: Medicine

Contact information
Ralston-Penn Center
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

Jahan M, Henschel C, Pandit SG, Akhiary M, Wisdom-Goulbourne T, Reyes-Farias D, Resnick B, Reid C, Brown RT.: Improving Aging in Place for Older Adults with Low Incomes: Perspectives of Home Health Aides. Poster presentation at Presidential ePoster Session, 2021 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society; May 13, 2021 May 2021.

Pandit SG, Jahan M, Reyes-Farias D, Bailey K, Resnick B, Reid C, Brown RT: Aging in Place in Subsidized Housing: Roles and Perspectives of Staff Members Poster presentation at 2021 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society; May 13, 2021; Virtual meeting May 13 2021.

Zhou Y, Schultz K, Ryskina K, Brown RT: Older Adults’ Access to Primary Care During the 1st Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Gender and Ethnic Disparities in Telemedicine. Oral presentation at American Geriatrics Society Virtual Annual Meeting; May 14, 2021; Virtual meeting May 14 2021.

Schmucker A, Reyes-Farias D, Spar M, Potter M, Karliner L, Xu E, Brown R.: Caring for Patients with Functional Impairment in Middle Age: Perspectives from Primary Care Providers. Poster Presentation at Society for General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting; April 20-23, 2021; Virtual Meeting Apr 2021.

Henwood BF, Rhoades H, Dzubar E, Madden D, Redline B, Brown RT: Investigating sleep disturbance and its correlates among formerly homeless adults in permanent supportive housing. Medical Care 59(Suppl 2), Apr 1 2021.

Treglia D, Chimbel D, Brown RT.: Conducting an Unsheltered Point-in-Time Count During the COVID-19 Pandemic. National Alliance to End Homelessness Publication. Available at: https://endhomelessness.org/resource/conducting-an-unsheltered-point-in-time-count-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/ Dec 2020.

Pandit SG, Jahan M, Reyes-Farias D, Resnick B, Reid C, Brown RT.: Aging in Place in Subsidized Housing: Roles and Perspectives of Staff Members. Poster presentation at Gerontological Society of America 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting; November 5, 2020; Virtual meeting Nov 5 2020 Notes: Paper presentation and presenter discussion.

Jahan M, Hentschel C, Pandit S, Akhiary M, Wisdom-Goulbourne T, Reyes-Farias D, Resnick B, Reid C, Brown RT: Improving Aging in Place for Older Adults with Low Incomes: Perspectives of Home Health Aides. Poster presentation at Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Online; November 5, 2020; Virtual meeting Nov 5 2020 Notes: Late breaking poster presentation and presenter discussion.

Reyes-Farias D, Jahan M, Pandit SG, Reid C, Resnick B, Brown RT: "If you don't use it, you lose it": Perspectives of Older Adults on Aging in Place in Subsidized Housing. Poster presentation at Gerontological Society of America 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting; November 4, 2020; Virtual meeting Nov 4 2020 Notes: Poster and presenter discussion.

Brown RT and Kushel MB: Effects of Homelessness & Housing Instability on Older Persons. Current Diagnosis and Treatment: Geriatrics (3rd edition). Walter LC and Chang A (eds.). Lange Medical Books / McGraw Hill, Chicago, IL, Oct 23 2020.

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