• Kenneth (Ken) Boockvar, M.D., M.S., is Director of the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care and Director, Integrative Center for Aging Research. Dr. Boockvar also serves the Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatrics Research, Education, and Clinical Center as Core Investigator and leadership team member.

    Dr. Boockvar is a physician and teacher who has pioneered work to improve care for frail older people. In 2006, he published a ground-breaking paper in JAMA, “Palliative Care for Frail Older Adults,” that developed what has become the gold-standard to enhance the quality of life for patients and families: diagnose frailty, discuss goals of care, treat symptoms, meet patients' needs for support, and coordinate care. His research has led to discoveries about how to improve transitions of care and the use of medicines in frail older people in hospitals and nursing homes. For example, his group recently reported that deintensification of antihypertensive treatment prevented falls among nursing home residents who experienced possibly overaggressive treatment of hypertension.

    He received his undergraduate education at Harvard and medical education at Duke, where he was a Pickrell Scholar and member of AOA.

    Dr. Boockvar trained in internal medicine and served as Chief Resident at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center before undertaking a research fellowship in general internal medicine at New York Hospital, Cornell University Medical Center and a clinical fellowship in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at UCLA-VA Multicampus Program. Dr. Boockvar has also earned an M.S. in Health Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology from Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences at Cornell University. Since joining the faculty of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, he has served on the staffs of Mt. Sinai Hospital, the New Jewish Home, and the James J. Peters VAMC.
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Medicine, Duke University 1993
  • Full Name

  • Kenneth Boockvar