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.

Trimble Augur, M.D., Medical Director of RSU and LTCH, Department of Medicine
Trimble Augur, M.D., is a Medical Director of the NewBridge on the Charles RSU and LTCH units. Dr. Augur received her B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies at Tufts University, her M.D at University of Vermont College of Medicine, and completed her internal medicine residency at Brown University. Prior to joining NBOC, Dr. Augur worked at the MACU in Roslindale and also for Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Innokentiy “Kent” Bakaev, M.D. Medical Director Rehabilitative Services Unit and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, the flagship long-term chronic care hospital (LTCH) of Hebrew SeniorLife.

Dr. Bakaev received his degree from Perm State Medical Academy, Perm, Russia, where he also completed his Internship in internal medicine. He focused on family during his residency at Oakland Physicians Medical Center (Doctors’ Hospital of Michigan), affiliated with Wayne State University, Pontiac MI. Dr. Bakaev completed his Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, including a rotation at Hebrew SeniorLife in 2012 – 2013. Before returning to Hebrew SeniorLife, Dr. Bakaev worked for Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Lawrence, MA as a Primary care physician in Family Medicine, and Element Care - PACE, Methuen, MA as a Primary care physician in Geriatrics.

Gary Epstein-Lubow, M.D. Medical Director of the Center for Memory Health at Hebrew SeniorLife
Gary Epstein-Lubow, M.D.,  is serving as Medical Director of the Center for Memory Health at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, MA. The center will deliver comprehensive services for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, along with their families, through clinical care, education, advocacy, and research. Dr. Epstein-Lubow earned his M.D. from The Ohio State University’s College of Medicine and Public Health; he completed his general psychiatry residency, geriatric psychiatry fellowship, and postdoctoral research training in treatment research at Brown University and Butler Hospital. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Brown University and a staff psychiatrist in geriatrics at Butler Hospital in Providence, RI, where he previously served for nine years as the assistant unit chief for inpatient geriatric psychiatry. Dr. Lubow was a recent Fellow in the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program, and he is currently a non-federal member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Council for Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services, where he is working to improve the care of elderly people nationwide. Dr. Lubow was appointed a Visiting Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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.

Nadia Ali, M.D., Geriatric Specialist, Rehabilitative Services Unit, NewBridge on the Charles and Medical Director, Skilled Nursing Facility, Orchard Cove

Nadia Ali, M.D. joined the Hebrew SeniorLife Department of Medicine in June 2019. Dr. Ali completed her fellowship and residency in geriatric medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University/Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. She graduated from Rawalpindi Medical College, Pakistan, with distinction in internal medicine, pathology, and ophthalmology. Dr. Ali received her Certified Medical Director (CMD) credentials through the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine in 2019. Dr. Ali is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Specialties include

Family Medicine
Geriatric Medicine
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Lymphedema Management
Massage Therapy
Memory Disorders
Orthopedic Surgery
Osteoporosis Screening
Palliative Care
Primary Care
Pulmonary Disease
Speech-Language Pathology
Wound Care