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The physicians and nurse practitioners in HSL’s Department of Medicine provide the highest quality medical care for our residents and patients. From our housing and retirement communities, to our post-acute and long-term care units to our outpatient services, the clinicians in the Department of Medicine offer top-notch specialized medical care that touches each and every resident and patient that comes through our doors.

HSL Medical Directors

Helen Chen, M.D. Chief Medical Officer at Hebrew SeniorLife
Helen Chen, M.D., is serving as senior clinical advisor and overseeing the organization's Department of Medicine. Dr. Chen brings more than 20 years of experience with evidence-based geriatric clinical care and training to her role along with her longstanding interest in caring for our country's growing senior population to long-term care programs, post-acute rehabilitation, and community-based health care services including home care and adult day health.

Prior to joining HSL, Dr. Chen served as chief medical officer at the Center for Elders’ Independence in Oakland, CA, a nationally recognized, multi-site, non-profit Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) designed for seniors whose health problems make it impossible for them to stay at home without the help of caregivers. A graduate of Brown University Medical School, she completed both her residency in internal medicine and fellowship program in clinical geriatrics at University of California San Francisco. Dr. Chen holds board certifications in geriatric medicine as well as hospice and palliative care. .

James Jewell, M.D., Medical Director, Medical Acute Care Unit, Endowed by the Jewish Memorial Hospital Fund
James Jewell, M.D., has been on staff in the Department of Medicine at Hebrew SeniorLife since 2012. He is clinical director of the Medical Acute Care Unit at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston. Dr. Jewel received his Bachelor of Science in biology from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., and his Doctor of Medicine Alpha Omega Alpha from SUNY Upstate Medical College. He completed his residency in internal medicine and was chief resident at Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center and United Health Services in Johnson City, N.Y. He became a director in the Internal Medicine Residency Program, then chairman of, and subsequently the physician director of the Department of Internal Medicine at Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center and United Health Services in Johnson City, N.Y. He is certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Ernest Mandel, M.D., Medical Director of Nephrology, Department of Medicine
Ernest Mandel, M.D. is Medical Director of Nephrology at Hebrew SeniorLife, where he has been on staff since 2012. He received his A.B. magna cum laude in Chemistry from Harvard University, his M.D. with honors and distinction from Yale University, and an M.S. in Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health.  He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he was also Chief Resident. He then completed a Fellowship in Nephrology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is currently on staff at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he serves as Associate Program Director of the Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital Joint Nephrology Fellowship Program. He maintains a teaching appointment as an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is an Associate Faculty Member at Ariadne Labs where his research focuses on serious illness communication with dialysis patients. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Eran Metzger, M.D., Medical Director of Psychiatry, Department of Medicine
Eran Metzger, M.D., has been on staff in the Medical Department at Hebrew SeniorLife since 1998; first as the associate director, and subsequently as medical director of psychiatry. Dr. Metzger received his Bachelor of Science from Haverford College and Doctor of Medicine from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He completed his transitional residency at Brockton Hospital, and his residency in psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He completed his fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Metzger is certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School since 2003.

Jennifer Rhodes-Kropf, M.D., Medical Director of Hebrew SeniorLife Medical Group/Brookline Department of Medicine
Dr. Rhodes-Kropf, M.D., is on staff in the Department of Medicine at Hebrew SeniorLife. She is Medical Director of Hebrew SeniorLife Medical Group located at The Marilyn and André Danesh Family Residences at 100 Centre Street in the Sloane Family/Century Bank Primary & Specialty Care Clinic. She received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of North Carolina and completed her internal medicine internship 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. She is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

David Tsai, M.D., Medical Director of Hospice
David Tsai, M.D., has been on staff in the Department of Medicine at Hebrew SeniorLife since 2006. He is an attending geriatrician, director of Hebrew SeniorLife’s Palliative Care Program and medical director of Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Hawaii. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and his fellowship in geriatric medicine from Boston Medical Center. Dr. Tsai is board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine with added qualifications in geriatric medicine. He is a certified medical director by the American Medical Directors Association. Dr. Tsai maintains hospital privileges at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham & Women’s – Faulkner Hospital and Beverly Hospital.

Specialties include

Acupuncture
Audiology
Cardiology
Dentistry
Dermatology
Endocrinology
Family Medicine
Geriatric Medicine
Geriatrics
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Lymphedema Management
Massage Therapy
Memory Disorders
Nephrology
Neurology
Neuropsychology
OB/GYN
Ophthalmology
Orthopedic Surgery
Osteoporosis Screening
Palliative Care
Podiatry
Primary Care
Psychiatry
Psychology
Pulmonary Disease
Radiology
Rehabilitation
Speech-Language Pathology
Wound Care