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

Warren C, Ashcraft LE, Riser T, Brown RT, Mavandadi S, Bowen ME: Implementation of “Age-Friendly” Evidence-Based Practices in the VA Healthcare System: An Examination of Facilitators and Barriers. Oral presentation at 2023 HSR&D/QUERI National Meeting 2023.

Riser T, Warren C, Ashcraft LE, Manges K, Mavandadi S, Brown RT, Bowen ME: Optimizing Age-Friendly Care Within the VA: Barriers and Facilitators to Implementing Evidence-Based Practices for Promoting Aging in Place. Poster presentation at 15th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation; Washington, D.C. Dec 2022.

Jain S, Rosenbaum PR, Reiter JG, Ramadan OI, Hill AS, Hashemi S, Brown RT, Kelz RR, Fleisher LA, Silber JH: Defining multimorbidity in older patients hospitalized with medical conditions. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 Nov 16. (eds.). Nov 2022 Notes: doi: 10.1007/s11606-022-07897-4. Online ahead of print.

Brown RT, Evans JL, Valle K, Guzman D, Chen Y-H, Kushel MB: Mortality among homeless older adults: findings from the HOPE HOME prospective cohort study. JAMA Intern Med 182(10): 1052-1060, Oct 2022.

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 70(10): 2988-2995, Oct 2022.

Burke RE, Ashcraft LE, Manges K, Kinosian B, Lamberton CM, Bowen ME, Brown RT, Mavandadi S, Hall DE, Werner RM: What Matters when it comes to measuring Age-Friendly Health System transformation. J Amer Geriatr Soc 70(10): 2775-2785, Oct 2022.

Reddy KP, Brown RT: Association between residential segregation and Black-white disparities in frequent mental distress among older adults. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 37(9), Sep 2022.

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 37(11): 2908-2910, Aug 2022.

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.

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Last updated: 12/08/2022
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