Richard W. Besdine David S. Greer, M.D., Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Director, Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, Director, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

Richard W. Besdine, MD, is Professor of Medicine, Director of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Chief of Geriatrics for Lifespan, and first Greer Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University; he is Professor of Health Services Policy and Practice, and Director of the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research at the Brown School of Public Health.  Dr. Besdine served as Interim Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences of Brown Medical School (2002-2005). He has served as Chief Medical Officer of Healthcentric Advisors (2001-2014), the Rhode Island Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Quality Institute. He is Medical Officer of the American Federation for Aging Research in New York City. He is a founding Board member of the Rhode Island Quality Institute, and a current Board member for Neighborhood Health Plan RI.

He is past President and chair of Board of Directors of the American Geriatrics Society. He also is an elected board member and secretary/treasurer of the Association of Directors of Academic Geriatrics Programs. Dr. Besdine has created innovative recruitment and training programs for future leaders in the field of geriatrics, and trained more than 140 faculty geriatricians while leader of the three geriatrics programs he has founded -  Harvard, UConn & Brown. He has been listed in all editions of Best Doctors in America for academic internal medicine and geriatrics.

Dr. Besdine spent 1995-1999 in Federal service; he was first Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Health Standards and Quality Bureau for the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA, now CMS), responsible for setting standards, inspection, enforcement and improvement of health care quality for the nation’s then-70 million Medicare beneficiaries and Medicaid recipients.  As HSQB Director, he had responsibility for 750 staff and a $960 million annual budget.  

Research interests include dissemination of evidence-based models of geriatrics care, quality of care, health services, and telehealth,all for older adults.

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