Division of Geriatric Medicine Faculty and Staff

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Geriatrics Clinical and Research Faculty


Becky Briesacher
(508) 856-3495


Becky Briesacher, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She is a health services researcher with interest in drug policy and its influence on medication use by older adults.  Her work on the Medicare population and prescription drug benefits has been funded from the National Institute on Aging, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and AARP. She is currently collaborating with Harvard Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine under a 4-year National Institute of Aging grant to assess the influence of Medicare Part D on cost-related underuse of medications. Bachelor’s degree in Humanities: University of California, Berkeley; Master’s degree in Humanities: Williams College; Doctorate in Health Services Research: University of Maryland.


David Degrand
(508) 363-0999

David Degrand, MD, PhD, has a busy clinical practice.  His expertise relates to the rehabilitation of geriatric patients.  He is an accomplished jazz musician and composer and was formerly on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School 1990;
Residency: UMass Memorial Med Ctr-Memorial Grad Med Educ.


Catherine DuBeau
(508) 856-3085

The Clinical Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine is Dr. Catherine DuBeau, a board certified geriatrician and nationally recognized expert in geriatric medicine and urogynecology. Her research focuses on quality of life impact, patient-centered outcomes, and long-term care, and more recently on medical education on incontinence. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and Editorial Board member of Neurourology and Urodynamics. She is a dedicated teacher and lectures nationally and internationally on incontinence in older persons.

Terry S. Field
(508) 791-7392 

Terry S. Field, DSc, is an epidemiologist and health services researcher.  She is the Associate Director of the Meyers Primary Care Institute and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She has been the principal investigator of a series of National Cancer Institute-funded studies of the provision of care to women with breast cancer. She is also the co-leader of the Scientific and Data Resources Core of the Cancer Research Network and leads its special interest group on racial health disparities.  She also investigates ways to promote the safe use of medications among frail older adults.  She was awarded the Women in Science and Health Achievements Award from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, presented annually to a faculty member who has made exceptional contributions to basic or clinical science in medicine. BA in Drama: Tufts University, Medford, MA; MS in Instructional Sys Tech: Indiana University; MPH in Epidemiology: Boston University School of Public Health; DSc in Epidemiology: Boston University School of Public Health 



Gerry Gleich
(508) 334-8830

Gerry Gleich, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Director of the University of Massachusetts Worcester Family Medicine Residency program. His clinical practice is at Hahnemann Family Health Center. Dr. Gleich is also the Medical Director at St. Mary's Health Care Center, a long term care facility in Worcester. Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School; Residency: UMass Memorial Med Ctr-UMass Grad Med Ed.



Jerry Gurwitz
(508) 791-7392

Jerry Gurwitz, MD, is a nationally recognized expert in geriatric medicine and the use of drug therapy in the elderly. He serves as the Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine as well as the Executive Director of the Meyers Primary Care Institute. Dr. Gurwitz holds the Dr. John Meyers Professorship in Primary Care Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Medical school: University of Massachusetts Medical School; Residency: Internal medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical Center; Fellowship: Harvard Medical School.


Elizabeth Howard
(508) 334-6251

Elizabeth Howard MD has been in clinical practice for 25 years and will be working with patients at the UMass Memorial Clinic and at area nursing homes. Her focus is on improving medical services for our elders in the community. Medical School: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda Maryland. Residency: Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma Washington. Fellowship: Geriatric Medicine UMass Medical School.


Suhasini Iyer
(508) 363-0999 

Suhasini Iyer, MD, has expertise in endocrinology.  Her research interests focus on establishing therapeutic range of medications in elderly patients. Medical School: University of Bombay 1984, Bombay, India;  
Residency: Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center.  

Kathleen Juchno

Kathleen Juchno
(508) 334-6251

Kathleen Juchno, BSN, MSN is a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with clinical expertise in depression and dementia, and optimizing the functional status of frail elders in the community. Ms. Juchno's clinical practice includes UMass Memorial, Notre Dame LTC, and Jewish Healthcare.  Fitchburg State College, B.S., Nursing; UMass Worcester, M.S., Nursing- Adult/Ambulatory Care. 


Kathleen Mazor
(508) 791-7392 

Kathleen Mazor, EdD, is a psychometrician and health services researcher with a particular interest in doctor-patient communication. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her research interests relate to the disclosure of medical errors, health literacy, and medication adherence, with a strong focus on the patient's perspective.  Dr. Mazor has extensive experience in developing and validating instruments to measure knowledge, attitudes and beliefs in patients and providers.  She brings expertise in measurement, research methods, program evaluation, and medical education research to the Institute.  BA in Psychology: University of Massachusetts Amherst;  MS in Psychology: Eastern Washington University;  EdD in Psychometrics: University of Massachusetts Amherst 



Sarah McGee
(508) 334-6251 

Sarah McGee, MD, MPH,  is a board certified geriatrician with expertise in geriatric assessment, falls, and dementia.  Dr. McGee is a fellowship-trained geriatrician and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UMass. She is a graduate of New York Medical College and holds a MPH degree from St. Louis University. She is the Director of Integrated Education for the Division of Geriatric Medicine and the Longitudinal Geriatric Curriculum for the medical school.  Dr. McGee directs the educational activities in geriatrics for medical students and residents in internal medicine.  She is particularly interested in geriatric interdisciplinary training and in improving the end-of-life care for the frail elderly.  Medical Degree New York Medical College, Valhalla  New York; Residency: Baystate Medical Center Inc;  Fellowship: Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, St. Louis University. 


Erika Oleson

Erika Oleson
(508) 334-6251

Erika Oleson, DO, is a geriatrician in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her clinical interests are memory impairment and falls. Dr. Oleson completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine from the Boston University. BA in Biology; Capital University; Medical School: Ohio University  College of Osteopathic Medicine; Family Practice Residency: Firelands Regional Medical Center; MS in Health Services Research: Boston University School of Public Health


Linda Pellegrini
(508) 334-6251

Linda Pellegrini, BS, MS,  is a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with clinical expertise in pain control, end of life care, and the treatment of dementia.  Ms. Pellegrini's clinical practice encompasses UMass Memorial, Notre Dame LTC, and Shrewsbury Nursing Home. Nursing School: Salem State College, B.S. Nursing; UMass Lowell, M.S. Nursing 



Zahra Sheikh 
(508) 334-6251 

Zahra Sheikh, MD, MPH is Assistant Professor of Medicine.  Dr. Sheikh is a Fellowship trained geriatrician with special interest in managing geriatric syndromes, including cognitive impairments, falls and incontinence.  Dr. Sheikh holds a Masters in Public Health – Epidemiology from New York Medical College and is actively involved in medical education.  Medical School: Nishtar Medical College, Pakistan; New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
Residency: New York Medical College-Metropolitan Hospital, NY; Fellowship: Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, NY. 



Jane Saczynski
(508) 856-6944


Jane Saczynski, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is a neuroepidemiologist with research interests in vascular disease and the risk for cognitive decline and dementia. Within large-scale epidemiologic studies she has looked at how cardiovascular diseases, such as diabetes and dyslipidemia, are related to cognitive impairment. A second research interest relates to factors associated with the ability to tolerate brain changes. In particular, how behavioral factors modify the association between ischemic brain changes and cognitive impairment. BA in Psychology: University of Massachusetts; MS in Human Development: Penn State University; PhD in Human Development: Penn State University; Post-doctoral Fellowship in Psychiatric Epidemiology: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Post-doctoral Fellowship in Neuroepidemiology: National Institute on Aging.


Jennifer Tjia
(508) 856-3586 

Jennifer Tjia, MD, MSCE, is an Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine at UMass. She has completed fellowship training in health services research and earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Epidemiology. Dr. Tjia’s research interests include geriatric health services research, pharmacoepidemiology and population-based clinical effectiveness studies. Her interests focus on optimizing the use of chronic prescription medication by older adults, particularly patient-centered prescribing at the end-of-life and in advanced dementia. She has been awarded a K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Career Development Grant from the National Institute on Aging to study the health outcomes associated with differences in prescription drug coverage for older adults. She is principal investigator on a grant from ARHRQ "Optimizing Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in Advanced Dementia, and co-investigator on grants from AHRQ including “Improving Posthospital Medication Management of Older Adults through Health IT” & “Using HIT to Improve Transitions of Complex Elderly Patients from SNF to Home”, “Risk Informed Intervention to Improve Ambulatory Drug Monitoring and Safety”, and “Analytics and Research Data Support for Investigators of Safety and Comparative Effectiveness”. Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine 1994; Residency: University of California, San Francisco; Boston University School of Medicine; Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


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Geriatric Medicine Administrative Staff



Ben Prince 
(508) 791-7392 

Ben Prince is the Administrator of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and of the Meyers Primary Care Institute. 



Cynthia Ramsey
(508) 334-6251 

Cynthia Ramsey is the Geriatric Office Coordinator for the Geriatrics Group at UMass Memorial.   


Kathy Belsito
(508) 856-3085 

Kathy Belsito, is the Administrative Assistant for the Division of Geriatric Medicine.    

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