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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Rebecca Brown, MD, MPH

Staff Physician, Geriatrics Service, SFVAHCS
Assistant Adjunct Professor of Medicine, UCSF

Improving Health and Functional Status in Vulnerable Older Adults

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 Division of Geriatrics as an Assistant Professor 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 John A. Hartford Foundation and the National Institute on Aging.

 To see Dr. Brown on PubMed, click here.