Rebecca T. Brown, MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor of Medicine
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Research Associate, Population Aging Research Center, University of Pennsylvania
Department: Medicine

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Ralston House
3615 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 573-2021
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, Shultz K, Karlawish J, Zhou Y, Xie D, Ryskina KL: Benzodiazepine and antipsychotic use among hospitalized older adults before versus after restricting visitation: March to May 2020. J Amer Geriatr Soc Jul 2022 Notes: doi: 10.1111/jgs.17947. Online ahead of print.

Brown RT, Karlawish J, Shultz K, Zhou Y, Xie D, Ryskina KL: Association of visitation restrictions with antipsychotic and benzodiazepine use in hospitalized older adults. Poster presentation at Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society; Orlando, Florida May 12 2022.

Xu E, Nicosia FN, Zamora K, Barrientos M, Spar MJ, Reyes-Farias D, Karliner LS, Potter MB, Brown RT: When functional impairment develops early: perspectives from middle-aged adults. J Gen Intern Med Apr 2022 Notes: doi: 10.1007/s11606-022-07541-1. Online ahead of print.

Ryskina KL, Anderson J, Stites SD, Brown RT: Gender disparity in lead authorship before and during the COVID-19 pandemic: no news is bad news? J Gen Intern Med Apr 2022 Notes: doi: 10.1007/s11606-022-07532-2. Online ahead of print.

Reddy KP, Brown RT: Association between residential segregation and Black-white disparities in frequent mental distress among older adults. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2022 Notes: In press.

Fessler EB, Brown RT, Miller, RK: Rebooting instrumental activities of daily living for the 21st century. Ann Intern Med Dec 2021 Notes: doi: 10.7326/M21-3065. Online ahead of print.

Brown RT: Functional impairment in middle-aged adults: a growing issue in need of solutions. Improving Care for Older Adults Blog, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania Nov 23 2021 Notes:

Brown RT and Kushel MB.: Effects of homelessness & housing instability on older persons. Current Diagnosis and Treatment: Geriatrics (3rd edition). Walter LC, Chang A, Chen P, Harper G, Rivera J, Conant R, Lo D, Yukawa M. (eds.). Lange Medical Books / McGraw Hill, Chicago, IL§ionid=250023561, Chapter 25, Nov 2 2021.

Burke RE, Brown RT, Kinosian B: Selecting implementation strategies to drive Age-Friendly Health Systems adoption. J Am Geriatr Soc Oct 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1111/jgs.17489. Online ahead of print.

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., Sep 8 2021.

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Last updated: 07/22/2022
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