Health Services at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Physicians at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

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.

Hassan Arif, M.D., is a geriatrician on the Medical Acute Care Unit at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. He earned his medical degree from Khyber Medical College in Pakistan and completed his residency in internal medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital and a fellowship in geriatrics at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Arif is a clinical fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, 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.

Linda Christie, M.D., received her medical doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at the Mary Imogene Basset Hospital in Cooperstown, NY and received Medical Director Certification from the American Medical Directors Association. Dr. Christie works in primary care at NewBridge on the Charles.

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. She is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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.

Janaki Fonseka, M.D., specializes in geriatric medicine and recently completed a geriatric fellowship program at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven Connecticut. She is board certified in Internal Medicine.  Dr. Fonseka has a distinguished record as a physician and is particularly valuable to our Center Communities of Brookline residents because of her medical training in Russia.  As a result, she is fluent in both Russian and English.   In addition to seeing patients at CCB, Dr. Fonseka also rounds on the Recuperative Service Unit (RSU) in Roslindale.

Peg Gildersleeve, R.N., M.S.N., C.S., is a nurse practitioner at Orchard Cove. She earned a postgraduate degree in adult primary care from Simmons College. Her professional interests include depression in the elderly and geriatric urogynecology.

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. She is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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.

Kendra Grimes, MSN, APRN, NP-C, GNP-BC, earned her Bachelor degree from Smith College and Masters of Science in Nursing from Yale University School of Nursing.  Kendra is working on long term care at NewBridge on the Charles.

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 the Institute. 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 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.

Yasmin Issa, M.D., earned her undergraduate degree from University of South Florida and her Medical Doctor Degree from Ross University school of Medicine. Dr. Issa is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians, and a member of the American Medical Association.  She works in Roslindale on the Long Term Acute Care Unit, also known as the MACU.

Ruth Kandel, M.D., obtained her bachelor's degree from State University of New York at 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 at HRC 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 's in public health from Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her 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 the Gloria Adelson Field Health Center at NewBridge on the Charles, chairs the Medical Care Review Committee, and serves on the HSL Institutional Review Board. Dr. Kalish is a clinical instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Alexis Kelleher, NP, is a nurse practitioner in the Recuperative Service Unit (RSU) at NewBridge on the Charles. She earned her bachelor degree at Salve Regina University and her Master of Science from Boston College. Kelleher was twice nominated for the Evercare “Sages of Clinical Excellence” award as well as the recipient of the “whatever it Takes” and “Peer teamwork” award winner.

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.

Natalia Kocherovsky, R.N., B.S.N., is a nurse practitioner on the Medical Acute Care Unit and Recuperative Services Unit at HRC. She has served in nursing roles at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Suburban Home Health Care and was an emergency medical technician with General Ambulance. She will receive her master's degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts Boston in May 2009.

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.

Arnold Lee, D.M.D., is a graduate of Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine and a member of the Massachusetts Dental Society. He is developing an outpatient practice in the NewBridge Clinic and will be working out of the Gloria Adelson Field Heath Care Center. Dr. Lee integrates the latest dental techniques, and the most up to date materials into all his dental procedures. His certification in implant dentistry and dental lasers makes him a valuable asset to our practice.

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 professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, vice president of academic medicine at Hebrew SeniorLife, and 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.

Carin Litani, M.D., specializes in the surgical care of skin cancer and post surgical reconstruction. She joined the HSL Medical Group at Orchard Cove and NewBridge on the Charles, from a combined seven year B.S./M.D. program at Union College and Albany Medical College. She completed her internship at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in New York City and her dermatology residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

Timothy McGrath, N.P., is an adult and geriatric nurse practitioner. Tim sees patients in two settings. One is the outpatient primary care practice at Center Communities of Brookline and the other is the Assisted Living community at NewBridge on the Charles. He received his Master of Science in Nursing at City University, Hunter College in New York.

Eran D. Metzger, M.D., is 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.

Robert Curtis Mills, M.D., is a geriatrician who rounds in the Recuperative Service Units (RSU) at both Orchard Cove and NewBridge on the Charles. Dr. Mills earned his degree at Albany Medical College and completed his Medical internship, medical residency, chief medical residency, hematology/oncology fellowship, and American Cancer Society Fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Mills is a member of the American College of Physicians, Otsego County Medical Society, the Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Geriatric Society, and American Medical Directors Association.

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 the Gloria Adelson Field Health Center at NewBridge on the Charles. 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 Hosptial. He is a clinical instructor 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.

Natalia Pritikin, Ph.D., is a psychologist at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Orchard Cove, and the Gloria Adelson Field Health Center at NewBridge on the Charles. 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 the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and her residency in internal medicine at Cornell University/New York Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Rhodes-Kropf, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, 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 a Medical Director of Outpatient Primary Care Practice, Community-Based Programs, Innovation and Development at HSL. 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.

Jerome L. Slate, M.D., is medical director of the Medical Acute Care Unit at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. A pulmonologist, Dr. Slate helped establish and previously ran the MACU's Complex Pulmonary Disease and Ventilator Program. A graduate of the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, he completed his internship and residency at Boston City Hospital and a fellowship in pulmonary disease at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Mary Ellen Sullivan, B.S.N, M.S.N., is a nurse practitioner at the Gloria Adelson Field Health Center at NewBridge on the Charles. She comes to HSL from EverCare and worked in various nursing capacities at Tufts Medical Center. A graduate of Boston College, she earned her master's degree at UMass Boston.

Sheila Trugman, M.D., is a staff physician long term care at NewBridge on the Charles memory support. She has sub-specialty certification in hospice and palliative care and is a member of HRC's Palliative Care Program. Dr. Trugman is a graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in family practice at San Francisco General Hospital and UMass Medical Center.

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 for long-term care patients.

Sharon Verney, G.N.P., A.N.P.-B.C., 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.

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. 

Joan Warrenski M.D. is a current Boston University Medical School and Boston College school of nursing Instructor in Psychiatry. Dr. Warrenski graduated from the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia PA and completed clinical fellowships at Harvard University Heath Services.  Dr. Warrenski is working in long term care and acute care on the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Roslindale campus.

Gail Weiner, ANP, earned her Bachelor of Arts from Emmanuel College, and earned her MSN from Simmons College. She is a member of the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.  Gail will be working as a nurse practitioner on the Recuperative Service Unit (RSU) at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale.

E. Foy White-Chu, M.D., is a staff geriatrician and wound care specialist at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. She earned her undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University and her medical degree at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Oregon Health & Science University and a geriatric medicine fellowship at Harvard Medical School. She is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Lynn Wittman, O.D., F.A.A.O., is an optometrist who will be practicing in the outpatient clinic at NewBridge. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado and received her degree from the New England College of Optometry. She presently works at a Private Practice in Newton, MA.

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