Rebecca T. Brown, MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department: Medicine

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Ralston-Penn Center
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

Abbs E, Brown RT, Kaplan LT, Guzman D, Kushel MB: Risk factors for falls in older adults experiencing homelessness: Results from the HOPE HOME cohort study. J Gen Intern Med 2020.

Henwood BF, Rhoades H, Lahey J, Pynoos J, Pitts DB, Brown RT: Examining fall risk among formerly homeless older adults living in permanent supportive housing. Health Soc Care Community Page: doi: 10.1111/hsc.12915. [Epub ahead of print] Dec 9 2019.

Kinderman A, Brown R: Palliative care for homeless persons. UpToDate Dec 2019.

Nicosia F, Spar MJ, Neumann A, Silvestrini MJ, Barrientos M, Brown RT: Older Veterans’ preferences for measuring functional status in primary care. Gerontological Society of America 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting Nov 16 2019.

Brown RT, Guzman D, Kaplan LM, Ponath C, Lee CT, Kushel MB.: Trajectories of functional impairment in homeless older adults: Results from the HOPE HOME Study. PLoS One 14(8): e0221020, Aug 2019.

Kler S, Jeon SY, Patel K, Ritchie CS, Harrison K, Thomas K, Brown RT: Geriatric Conditions and Health Care Utilization among Older Adults Living in Subsidized Housing. American Geriatric Society 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting May 2 2019.

Nicosia FM, Spar MJ, Neumann A, Barrientos M, Silvestrini MC, Brown RT: "It's not what you say, it's how you say it": Older Veterans' Perspectives Regarding Measurement of Functional Status in Primary Care. American Geriatrics Society 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting May 2 2019.

Brown RT, Diaz-Ramirez LG, Boscardin WJ, Lee SJ, Williams BA, Steinman MA: Association of functional impairment in middle age with hospitalization, nursing home admission, and death. JAMA Internal Medicine Apr 8 2019 Notes: doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.0008. [Epub ahead of print]

Henwood Benjamin F, Lahey John, Rhoades Harmony, Pitts Deborah B, Pynoos Jon, Brown Rebecca T: Geriatric conditions among formerly homeless older adults living in permanent supportive housing. Journal of General Internal Medicine Jan 2 2019.

Nicosia FM, Spar MJ, Steinman MA, Lee SJ, Brown RT.: Making function part of the conversation: Clinician perspectives on measuring function in primary care. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society Dec 2 2018 Notes: doi: 10.1111/jgs.15677.

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