Faculty ProfilesRebecca Brown, MD, MPH
4150 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
415-221-4810 ext. 25863
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
Best Published Research Award, Society for General Internal Medicine, 2016
Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award, American Geriatrics Society, 2016
Outstanding Junior Research Manuscript Award, American Geriatrics Society, 2016
Best Research Mentor Award, Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) program, University of California, San Francisco, 2014
New Investigator Award, Merck/American Geriatrics Society, 2013
Best Paper, Health Services and Policy Research, American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting, 2013
Best Poster, Geriatric Syndromes, American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting, 2013
Excellence in Tutoring Award, Harvard Medical School Academy, Center for Teaching and Learning, 2010
In the News
- Homeless aging before their time (Apr 04, 2016)
- Fast-aging homeless population may lead to public health crisis (Mar 04, 2016)
- Homeless people face age-related conditions earlier than people with homes (Mar 01, 2016)
- Homelessness Speeds Arrival of Geriatric Problems (Feb 29, 2016)
- S.F. officers get training for policing graying adults (Nov 24, 2014)
Recent Articles (21)
Makaroun LK, Brown RT, Diaz-Ramirez LG, Ahalt C, Boscardin WJ, Lang-Brown S, Lee S. Wealth-Associated Disparities in Death and Disability in the United States and England. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Oct 23.
Brown RT, Komaiko KD, Shi Y, Fung KZ, Boscardin WJ, Au-Yeung A, Tarasovsky G, Jacob R, Steinman MA. Bringing functional status into a big data world: Validation of national Veterans Affairs functional status data. PLoS One. 2017; 12(6):e0178726.
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, 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, 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 01; 21(1):126-135.
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.