Rebecca Brown, MD, MPH

Investigator
+1 415 221-4810 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 functional status among socioeconomically 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 functional status among socioeconomically 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.

Publications: 

Frailty as an Outcome in Geriatrics Research: Not Ready for Prime Time?

Annals of Internal Medicine

Brown RT, Covinsky KE

Wealth-Associated Disparities in Death and Disability in the United States and England.

JAMA Internal Medicine

Makaroun LK, Brown RT, Diaz-Ramirez LG, Ahalt C, Boscardin WJ, Lang-Brown S, Lee S

Functional Impairment and Decline in Middle Age: A Cohort Study.

Annals of Internal Medicine

Brown RT, Diaz-Ramirez LG, Boscardin WJ, Lee SJ, Steinman MA

Current approaches to measuring functional status among older adults in VA primary care clinics.

Federal practitioner : for the health care professionals of the VA, DoD, and PHS

Spar MJ, Nicosia FM, Steinman MA, Brown RT

Geriatric Conditions in a Population-Based Sample of Older Homeless Adults.

The Gerontologist

Brown RT, Hemati K, Riley ED, Lee CT, Ponath C, Tieu L, Guzman D, Kushel MB

Bringing functional status into a big data world: Validation of national Veterans Affairs functional status data.

PloS one

Brown RT, Komaiko KD, Shi Y, Fung KZ, Boscardin WJ, Au-Yeung A, Tarasovsky G, Jacob R, Steinman MA

Good Cop, Better Cop: Evaluation of a Geriatrics Training Program for Police.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Brown RT, Ahalt C, Rivera J, Stijacic Cenzer I, Wilhelm A, Williams BA

Older and incarcerated: policy implications of aging prison populations.

International journal of prisoner health

Psick Z, Simon J, Brown R, Ahalt C

Pathways to Homelessness among Older Homeless Adults: Results from the HOPE HOME Study.

PloS one

Brown RT, Goodman L, Guzman D, Tieu L, Ponath C, Kushel MB

The Course of Functional Impairment in Older Homeless Adults: Disabled on the Street.

JAMA Internal Medicine

Cimino T, Steinman MA, Mitchell SL, Miao Y, Bharel M, Barnhart CE, Brown RT

Health Outcomes of Obtaining Housing Among Older Homeless Adults.

American journal of public health

Brown RT, Miao Y, Mitchell SL, Bharel M, Patel M, Ard KL, Grande LJ, Blazey-Martin D, Floru D, Steinman MA

Case 38-2014: A man with sore throat, hoarseness, fatigue, and dyspnea.

The New England journal of medicine

Brown RT, Steinman MA

Police on the front line of community geriatric health care: challenges and opportunities.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Brown RT, Ahalt C, Steinman MA, Kruger K, Williams BA

Functional disability in late-middle-aged and older adults admitted to a safety-net hospital.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Brown RT, Pierluissi E, Guzman D, Kessell ER, Goldman LE, Sarkar U, Schneidermann M, Critchfield JM, Kushel MB

Use of acute care services among older homeless adults.

JAMA Internal Medicine

Brown RT, Kiely DK, Bharel M, Grande LJ, Mitchell SL

Factors associated with geriatric syndromes in older homeless adults.

Journal of health care for the poor and underserved

Brown RT, Kiely DK, Bharel M, Mitchell SL

Geriatric syndromes in older homeless adults.

Journal of general internal medicine

Brown RT, Kiely DK, Bharel M, Mitchell SL

Dementia medications and risk of falls, syncope, and related adverse events: meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Kim DH, Brown RT, Ding EL, Kiel DP, Berry SD

Health care access and utilization in older versus younger homeless adults.

Journal of health care for the poor and underserved

Brown RT, Kimes RV, Guzman D, Kushel M