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Gerontology Leadership

Lewis Lipsitz, M.D.

Chief, Gerontology Division  
Usen Co-Director of the Research and
Training Institute, Hebrew Senior Life

Dr. Lipsitz is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of the Gerontology Division at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Co-director of the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew Senior Life, where he holds the Irving and Edyth S. Usen Chair in Geriatric Medicine. 
He serves as Principal Investigator of the Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine, the NIA-funded Older Americans Independence Center at Harvard Medical School, and the NIA-funded Research Nursing Home Program Project Grant at the Hebrew Senior Life.  His research focuses on age-related abnormalities in blood pressure regulation and postural control that predispose elderly people to falls and fainting.
Medical School:  University of Pennsylvania: 1973-1977
Internship/Residency in Internal Medicine: Beth Israel Hospital: 1977-1980
Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine: Harvard Medical School: 1980-1983

According to Dr. Lipsitz, geriatrics is one of the few remaining frontiers of medicine that is rapidly gaining importance as the world population ages. It offers the opportunity to study research questions that have never been addressed before, and provides exposure to a broad range of disciplines, including internal medicine, psychiatry, neurology, sociology, economics, and the humanities.

Suzanne Salamon, M.D.

Associate Chief for Geriatric Clinical Programs

Dr. Suzanne Salamon received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, a master's degree in Special Education at Columbia University in New York, and her M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts.

She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Faulkner Hospital in Boston and did her fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Salamon is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. She served as the Director of Geriatrics at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain, MA for 19 years. In March 2004, Dr. Salamon became the Associate Chief for Clinical Programs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Karen S. Turnquist, OTR/L MA

Manager, Division of Gerontology

Karen S. Turnquist received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of New Hampshire and her Master's Degree in Health Care Administration from Framingham State College. She is a registered occupational therapist with twenty years of management experience in the geriatric field, both in the acute and post acute environments.

Angela Catic, M.D.
Director, Fellowship Program

Susanne Hartmann, M.D.
Director, Geriatric Consult Services and Acute Geriatric Service

Medha Munshi, M.D.
Director, Ambulatory Services

Virginia Cummings, M.D.
Director, Long Term Care 


Contact Information

Division of Gerontology
Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Lowry Medical Office Building #1B (West Campus)
110 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02215