Department of Medicine at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Member Physicians

The Department of Medicine at Hebrew SeniorLife is an academic department whose members are engaged in patient care, education and research. Its physicians and nurse practitioners are drawn from the disciplines of geriatric medicine, psychiatry, psychology, dentistry and physiatry. It is one of the largest geriatric departments anywhere in the United States, and one of the few academic departments based in a long-term care institution. Our department members include: 

Alexandre Alexeyenko, M.D.,provides geriatric care services for one of HRC's special units for Russian-speaking seniors. He received his medical degree from Sechenov First Moscow Medical Institute in Russia and completed a residency in internal medicine at Framingham Union Hospital. He is a clinical instructor at Tufts University School of Medicine

Michelle Alpert, M.D.,director of rehabilitative medicine, joined the Department of Medicine in 2007. Dr. Alpert obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology and biomedical sciences from the University of Michigan and her medical degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine. She completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and previously served as associate medical director at Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Alpert is a clinical instructor in medicine in the Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Sarah Berry, M.D., M.P.H.,obtained her bachelor's degree from Auburn University, her medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine, and her master's degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center and a fellowship in the Harvard Medical School Multi-campus Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Berry is primarily interested in osteoporosis and outcomes following osteoporotic fractures in the community and nursing home settings. She is a research fellow in the Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research and a geriatrician providing long-term care services at HRC.

Jennifer Brinckerhoff, M.D., is a staff geriatrician at the Orchard Cove Wellness Center. She earned her medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in geriatrics, both at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Brinckerhoff is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine.

Joseph Calabrese, D.M.D., F.A.C.D.,attended Manhattanville College and received his dental medicine degree from the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Following dental school, he completed a one-year residency program in general dentistry and a two-year Faculty Training Fellowship in Geriatric Dental Medicine at Boston Medical Center/Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Calabrese has been the director of dental medicine at Hebrew SeniorLife for the past 10 years and holds academic appointments at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Calabrese is a fellow in the American College of Dentistry. His interests include oral health in older adults and geriatric dental education.

Katalin Danji, M.D.,is a staff geriatrician at HRC's Medical Acute Care Unit. A graduate of the University of Szeged Faculty of Medicine in Hungary, Dr. Danji completed her residency training at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh and her geriatrics fellowship at New York University Langone Medical Center. Her clinical interests include memory disorders, delirium and preventive geriatrics.

Karen Dick, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., B.C., A.A.N.P., is a gerontological nurse practitioner at Orchard Cove's Wellness Center. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Southeastern Massachusetts University, her master's in gerontological nursing from Boston University, and her Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Rhode Island. 

Jan Doherty, N.P., is a nurse practitioner at HRC's Rehabilitative Services Unit. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing from the Fitchburg State College and a master's in nursing from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Jane Givens, M.D., M.S.C.E.,is a staff physician at HRC and a research scientist at the Institute for Aging Research. A graduate of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, she completed a physician-scientist fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and a geriatrics fellowship at Boston Medical Center. A primary care physician on one of HRC's long-term care units, Dr. Givens' research interests include dementia, palliative care, and mental health.

Tara Gonsalves, N.P., is a board certified nurse practitioner at Orchard Cove's Wellness Center. She obtained her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Regis College. 

Victoria Gorodetsky, N.P., is a nurse practitioner at HRC. She received a master's degree in nursing from Regis College and has extensive experience in home care and nursing home care. Her interests include palliative care and disease prevention.

Sharon Inouye, M.D., M.P.H., is a geriatrician at HRC, senior scientist at the Institute for Aging Research, and director of its Aging Brain Center. She also holds the Milton and Shirley F. Levy Family Chair in Alzheimer's Disease at IFAR. Dr. Inouye received her medical degree from the University of California San Francisco and her master's in public health from Yale University. She completed a residency at the UCSF, an internal medicine fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine, and a fellowship in geriatrics and clinical epidemiology at Yale. Her research focuses on the prevention and management of delirium in older people across settings, long-term outcomes of delirium, and the inter-relationship between delirium and dementia.  Dr. Inouye is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

James R. Jewell, M.D., F.A.C.P. Clinical Director for the Medical Acute-Care Unit (MACU) is responsible for the supervision and development of the medical providers, coordination with the interdisciplinary team in the provision of quality health care, and will also serve as an attending physician member of the team. Prior to HSL, he held several appointments at United Health Services/Wilson Regional Medical Center in Johnson City, NY, including Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. He was also Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Jewell received his medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical College and completed his post-graduate trainings at Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center in 1988. The position of Clinical Director for the MACU is endowed by the Jewish Memorial Hospital Fund.

Ruth Kandel, M.D.,obtained her bachelor's degree from State University of New York, Buffalo and her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital and a geriatrics fellowship at Bedford Veteran's Administration Hospital/Boston University Medical Center. She provides inpatient primary care and is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Her academic interests include Alzheimer's disease, memory disorders, and infection control in long-term care facilities.

Susan Kalish, M.D., M.P.H., obtained her bachelor's degree from Princeton University, her medical degree from Cornell University School of Medicine, and a Master of Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Brown University and fellowships at Beth Israel Hospital and in the Harvard Medical School Multi-campus Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine. She provides inpatient primary care at HRC, chairs the Medical Care Review Committee, and serves on the HSL Institutional Review Board.

Douglas Kiel, M.D., M.P.H., is a geriatrician at HRC, director of medical research at the Institute for Aging Research, and co-director of its Musculoskeletal Research Program. He earned his medical degree at the University of North Carolina and his master's in public health at Boston University. He completed his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and a fellowship at Boston University Medical Center. Dr. Kiel's research interests include osteoporosis and related fractures, including falls, nutritional factors, genetics and frailty, as well as pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions to preserve bone mass and prevent fractures. He is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Mark D. Kuperwaser, M.D., is director of ophthalmology at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. Board certified in ophthalmology, Dr. Kuperwaser's clinical interests focus on glaucoma and cataracts, two common eye diseases in seniors. A graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine, he completed his internship at the Boston V.A. Medical Center and his residency and fellowship in glaucoma at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. Dr. Kuperwaser is an instructor in opthalmology at Harvard Medical School.

Lewis Lipsitz, M.D.,obtained his bachelor's degree from Franklin and Marshall College and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the Beth Israel Hospital and a geriatrics fellowships at Beth Israel Hospital and  in the Harvard Medical School Multi-campus Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine. He is a full professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, vice president of academic medicine at Hebrew SeniorLife, and co-director of the Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research, where he holds the Irving and Edyth S. Usen and Family Chair in Medical Research. His research interests are in the areas of falls and syncope. Dr. Lipsitz also serves as the chief of gerontology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Ernest Mandel, M.D., S.M., is a staff nephrologist providing dialysis care in the Medical Acute Care Unit and nephrology consultation throughout Hebrew SeniorLife's facilities. Dr. Mandel obtained his bachelor's degree from Harvard College, his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine, and his master of science in epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and his fellowship in nephrology at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital. His clinical and research interests are in geriatric nephrology and hypertension, and he conducts research within the Nurses' Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study at the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mandel is on the medical staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital and teaches renal physiology and pathophysiology to students at Harvard Medical School.

Eran D. Metzger, M.D.,is associate director of psychiatry at HRC. Board certified in psychiatry, neurology and forensic psychiatry, Dr. Metzger's clinical interests focus on the interfaces between medical illness and emotional disorders, as well as medical ethics. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and completed his internship at Brockton Hospital and his residency and fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital. An assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Metzger's research interests include collaborative care models for treating psychiatric illness in the elderly.

Susan L. Mitchell, M.D., M.P.H., is a staff geriatrician at HRC and a senior scientist at the Institute for Aging Research. Board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine, Dr. Mitchell's clinical interests focus on geriatrics. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, where she received her medical degree, and the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her internship and residency at The Ottawa Civic Hospital in Canada and a fellowship at Harvard Medical School. An associate professor of medicine at HMS, Dr. Mitchell's research interests include tube feeding in severe cognitive impairment, palliative care for patients with advanced dementia, and quality of care in nursing homes.

Howard L. Nachamie, M.D,is a staff geriatrician at HRC. Board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine, Dr. Nachamie's clinical interests focus on long-term care. A graduate of the State University of New York at Brooklyn College of Medicine, he completed his internship and residency at Lahey Clinic and his fellowship at Brown University. Dr. Nachamie is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, with research interests that include transitions of care.

Kenneth W. Nobel, M.D., is director of psychiatry at HRC. Board certified in psychiatry, neurology and geriatric medicine, Dr. Nobel's clinical interests focus on depression and the complications of dementia. He is a graduate of the Stanford University School of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Buffalo and his residency in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School.  

Erin O'Fallon, M.D., M.P.H.,is a staff geriatrician at HRC. Board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine, her clinical interests focus on geriatrics. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she received her medical degree and a master's in public health, she completed her internship, residency and fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minnesota. Dr. O'Fallon's research interests include infectious diseases and systems of care.

Patricia N. O'Sullivan, M.D., is a staff geriatrician at HRC. A graduate of University College in Cork, Ireland, where she earned her medical degree, Dr. O'Sullivan's clinical interests include geropsychiatry, transitions of care, end-of-life care, and polypharmacy. She completed her internship and residency at Cork University Hospital and fellowships at Mater Hospital in Ireland and Harvard Medical School. An instructor in medicine at HMS, Dr. O'Sullivan's research interests include the creation of Web-based teaching modules.

Lauren Parks, R.N., N.P., is a gerontological nurse practitioner at HRC. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Boston College. Prior to joining HRC, she held various patient care positions at Tufts-New England Medical Center.

Seema Parikh, M.D.,is a geriatrician on HRC's Medical Acute Care Unit. She received her medical degree from Monash University in Australia and became a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2006. Dr. Parikh completed her residency at Alfred Hospital in Australia and a two-year clinical and research fellowship in geriatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Elizabeth Pilapil, N.P., is a nurse practitioner on HRC's Medical Acute Care Unit.  She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing at the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines and her master's in nursing from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions.

Madhuri Reddy, M.D., M.Sc., is a wound care specialist at HRC. Board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine, Dr. Reddy's clinical interests focus on chronic wound care. A graduate of Memorial University in Newfoundland, where she received her medical degree and a master's in epidemiology, Dr. Reddy completed her geriatric subspecialty training and a fellowship in skin and wound care at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include pressure ulcers that affect many people admitted to the hospital, especially seniors.

Natalia Pritikin, Ph.D., is a psychologist at HRC. She received her master's and doctoral degrees from Leningrad State University in Russia and completed a postdoctoral internship at Cambridge Health Alliance and a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Jennifer Rhodes-Kropf, M.D., is a staff geriatrician at HRC. She received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina and completed her internal medicine internship at at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and her residency in internal medicine at Cornell University/New York Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Rhodes-Kropf completed a geriatrics fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Svetlana Rosin, R.N., N.P.,is a nurse practitioner on one of HRC's Russian-speaking units. She obtained both her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Regis College and a medical degree from Moscow Medical Institute.

Robert Schreiber, M.D., is physician-in-chief at HRC. Board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine, Dr. Schreiber's clinical interests focus on post-acute care, self-management of chronic disease, and practice management in senior care practices. He is a graduate of Hahnemann Medical College and completed his internship and residency at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut. An instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Schreiber's research interests include wellness for seniors, post-acute care, and transitions of care.

Jason Strauss, M.D.,is a geriatric psychiatrist at HRC. A graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine, he completed his internship and residency at Harvard Longwood Psychiatry and a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance. Dr. Strauss's clinical interests include late-life mood disorders, delirium, dementia, and personality disorders in the geriatric population. He is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Debra C. Sylvester, R.N., G.N.P., is a geriatric nurse practitioner at HRC. A graduate of Lesley College, where she received a master's degree in business management, she earned a master's degree in nursing from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions. She has served in nursing and nurse practitioner positions at various Boston health-care facilities.

David H. Tsai, M.D.,is a staff geriatrician at HRC and medical director of its Palliative Care Program. Board certified in internal, geriatric and palliative care medicine, Dr. Tsai's clinical interests focus on pain management in elders. A graduate of the University of Hawaii medical school, he completed his internship and residency at Lahey Clinic and a fellowship at Boston Medical Center. He is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. His research interests include palliative care and end-of-life care in long-term care patients.

Samir Tulebaev, M.D., is a staff physician at HRC. A graduate of the Kazakh National Medical University in Kazakhstan, where he received his medical degree, Dr. Tulebaev completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Mount Carmel Medical Center in Ohio and an internship in anesthesiology and critical care medicine at Almaty City Emergency Hospital in Kazakhstan.

Sharon Verney, G.N.P., ANP-BC, M.S.N.,obtained both her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from the University of Massachusetts Boston and holds a dual certification as an adult/gerontological nurse practitioner. She is a nurse practitioner on HRC's Recuperative Services Unit and at the Orchard Cove Wellness Center.

Natalya V. Vorontsova, M.D., is a staff physician at HRC. A graduate of Altai State Medical University in Russia, where she received her medical degree, Dr. Voronstova completed an internship in dermatology at Moscow Medical Academy and an residency in internal medicine at Mount Carmel Medical Center in Ohio.

San H. Wang, M.D., Ph.D.,is a staff geriatrician at HRC. Board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine, Dr. Wang's clinical interests focus on geriatrics. He is a graduate of the New York University School of Medicine and Indiana University, where he received his doctoral degree. He completed his internships at Johns Hopkins University and Worcester City Hospital, his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and a fellowship at Harvard Medical School. An assistant professor of medicine at HMS, Dr. Wang's research interests include nutrition and metabolism.

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