Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Clinician Educator, Associate Professor of Medicine, Clinician Educator


Sevdenur Cizginer, MD, MPH, is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, and Medical Director of Geriatric Surgery at The Miriam Hospital (TMH); she leads teaching, clinical and research activities in Geriatric Surgery at TMH. Dr. Cizginer in collaboration with surgery team at TMH initiated a novel collaboration, “Surgery OSCAR Program” (Optimization of Senior Care And Recovery) Program, between the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine and the Department of General Surgery in 2014 to improve care for elderly surgery patients through a multidisciplinary patient-centered strategy. This program has been shown to improve patient outcomes significantly, while reducing hospital costs in surgery patients. The program received the Lifespan Health System Certification of Recognition, the Barnet Fain Quality Award, which highlights innovative work at Brown University-affiliated Hospitals. Dr. Cizginer was recently invited to join the American College of Surgeons Geriatric Surgery Verification Committee to work with surgeon leaders to disseminate the Geriatric Surgery Verification Program throughout the US. 

Dr. Cizginer received Providence Business News 40-Under-Forty award for 2015, selected based on career success and community involvement among young professionals. She also was selected to the 2018-19 TIDESWELL American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs (ADGAP) Emerging Leaders in Aging Program. She received a Brown Medicine Academic Assessment Grant in 2019, and was selected for Brown University Dean's Advanced K Program in 2019.  She is the recipient of the 2020 Charles C.J. Carpenter, M.D., Outstanding Physician of the Year Award at TMH, which is described as "the highest recognition that can be given to a member of our medical staff; this award recognizes physicians for outstanding contributions to medicine, leadership, professionalism and patient care.”

Dr. Cizginer is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. She completed her Master of Public Health at Brown’s School of Public Health in 2018. She is practicing as a geriatrician at the Brown –affiliated hospitals. She is a clinical researcher with a deep research interest in care of hospitalized elderly surgery patients and in postoperative cognitive disorders and delirium. She completed a research fellowship at Harvard Medical School prior to her residency training.   Dr. Cizginer leads a multidisciplinary research team (Medicine, Surgery, and Neurology) at Brown University conducting research studies focusing on pathophysiology of postoperative cognitive disorders in elderly patients.

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