Rebecca T. Brown, MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor of Medicine
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, Diaz-Ramirez LG, Boscardin WJ, Cappola AR, Lee SJ, Steinman MA: Changes in the hierarchy of functional impairment from middle age to older age. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glab250, Sep 8 2021.

Pandit SG, Brown RT: Mitigating homelessness among older adults: opportunities in adapting the permanent supportive housing model. Generations Journal of the American Society on Aging Aug 2021.

Gondi S, Berchuk SI, Brown RT, Hinderlie M, Easton L, Smith L, Berchuk JE, Burden HS, Berchuk CM: A community partnership to house and care for complex patients with unstable housing. NEJM Catal Innov Care Deliv. doi: 10.1056/cat.21.0158, 2(8): 10.1056/cat.21.0158, Aug 2021.

Gaulton TG, Neuman MD, Brown RT, Betz ME: Association of hospitalization with driving reduction and cessation in older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc 69(8): 2231-2239, Aug 2021.

Brown RT, Ryskina KL: Older adults’ access to primary care during the pandemic. Health Policy$ense Blog, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania Jul 28 2021.

Ryskina KL, Kaitlyn S, Zhou Y, Lautenbach G, Brown RT: Older adults’ access to primary care: gender, racial, and ethnic disparities in telemedicine. J Am Geriatr Soc. doi: 10.1111/jgs.17354. Online ahead of print. Jul 5 2021.

Zhou Y, Schultz K, Brown RT, Ryskina K: Older adults’ access to primary care during the 1st wave of the COVID-19 pandemic: gender and ethnic disparities in telemedicine. Poster presentation at Virtual AcademyHealth Research Meeting Jun 14 2021.

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, Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society May 13 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 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society 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; Virtual meeting May 14 2021.

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Last updated: 09/28/2021
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