Faculty Profiles

Rebecca Brown, MD, MPH
MED-GERIATRICS
Assistant Professor

4150 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
415-221-4810

Dr. Brown is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. As a clinician-investigator, Dr. Brown focuses on improving health outcomes among vulnerable older adults. Dr. Brown received her medical school training at Harvard Medical School. She completed residency in internal medicine at UCSF, followed by fellowship in geriatric medicine at Harvard Medical School, including an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. She returned to UCSF for a research fellowship in geriatric medicine before joining the faculty of the Division of Geriatrics in 2013.


The goal of Dr. Brown's research is to improve health outcomes among vulnerable older adults, including those experiencing homelessness. To achieve this goal, she is working to describe the risk factors for functional disability and other geriatric conditions in these groups, and to develop targeted interventions to address these risk factors and improve health and functional status.


In her clinical work, Dr. Brown supervises and trains medical students, residents and fellows while providing care for older patients at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Brown is funded by the National Institute on Aging, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Tideswell at UCSF.

Awards and Honors

2016   Best Published Research Award, Society for General Internal Medicine, 2016
2016   Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award, American Geriatrics Society, 2016
2016   Outstanding Junior Research Manuscript Award, American Geriatrics Society, 2016
2014   Best Research Mentor Award, Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) program, University of California, San Francisco, 2014
2013   New Investigator Award, Merck/American Geriatrics Society, 2013
2013   Best Paper, Health Services and Policy Research, American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting, 2013
2013   Best Poster, Geriatric Syndromes, American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting, 2013
2010   Excellence in Tutoring Award, Harvard Medical School Academy, Center for Teaching and Learning, 2010

In the News

Recent Articles (17)

Brown RT, Ahalt C, Rivera J, Stijacic Cenzer I, Wilhelm A, Williams BA. Good Cop, Better Cop: Evaluation of a Geriatrics Training Program for Police. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Apr 24.

Psick Z, Simon J, Brown R, Ahalt C. Older and incarcerated: policy implications of aging prison populations. Int J Prison Health. 2017 Mar 13; 13(1):57-63.

Brown RT, Goodman L, Guzman D, Tieu L, Ponath C, Kushel MB. Pathways to Homelessness among Older Homeless Adults: Results from the HOPE HOME Study. PLoS One. 2016; 11(5):e0155065.

Brown RT, Hemati K, Riley ED, Lee CT, Ponath C, Tieu L, Guzman D, Kushel MB. Geriatric Conditions in a Population-Based Sample of Older Homeless Adults. Gerontologist. 2016 Feb 26.

Cimino T, Steinman MA, Mitchell SL, Miao Y, Bharel M, Barnhart CE, Brown RT. The Course of Functional Impairment in Older Homeless Adults: Disabled on the Street. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Jul; 175(7):1237-9.

Brown RT, Miao Y, Mitchell SL, Bharel M, Patel M, Ard KL, Grande LJ, Blazey-Martin D, Floru D, Steinman MA. Health Outcomes of Obtaining Housing Among Older Homeless Adults. Am J Public Health. 2015 Jul; 105(7):1482-8.

Brown RT, Steinman MA. Case 38-2014: A man with sore throat, hoarseness, fatigue, and dyspnea. N Engl J Med. 2015 Mar 5; 372(10):981-2.

Brown RT, Ahalt C, Steinman MA, Kruger K, Williams BA. Police on the front line of community geriatric health care: challenges and opportunities. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Nov; 62(11):2191-8.

Brown RT, Pierluissi E, Guzman D, Kessell ER, Goldman LE, Sarkar U, Schneidermann M, Critchfield JM, Kushel MB. Functional disability in late-middle-aged and older adults admitted to a safety-net hospital. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Nov; 62(11):2056-63.

Brown RT, Kiely DK, Bharel M, Grande LJ, Mitchell SL. Use of acute care services among older homeless adults. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Oct 28; 173(19):1831-4.

Brown RT, Kiely DK, Bharel M, Mitchell SL. Factors associated with geriatric syndromes in older homeless adults. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013 May; 24(2):456-68.

Brown RT, Steinman MA. Characteristics of emergency department visits by older versus younger homeless adults in the United States. Am J Public Health. 2013 Jun; 103(6):1046-51.

Brown RT, Thomas ML, Cutler DF, Hinderlie M. Meeting the Housing and Care Needs of Older Homeless Adults: A Permanent Supportive Housing Program Targeting Homeless Elders. Seniors Hous Care J. 2013 Jan 1; 21(1):126-135.

Brown RT, Kiely DK, Bharel M, Mitchell SL. Geriatric syndromes in older homeless adults. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Jan; 27(1):16-22.

Kim DH, Brown RT, Ding EL, Kiel DP, Berry SD. Dementia medications and risk of falls, syncope, and related adverse events: meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2011 Jun; 59(6):1019-31.

Brown RT, Kimes RV, Guzman D, Kushel M. Health care access and utilization in older versus younger homeless adults. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2010 Aug; 21(3):1060-70.

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