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Howard Brown Health announces Martin Gorbien as director of geriatric medicine

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Dr. Martin J Gorbien. Photo courtesy of Howard Brown Health

Howard Brown Health announced on Wednesday the appointment of Martin J. Gorbien, MD, MHL, FACP, AGSF as director of geriatric medicine.

According to a release from Howard Brown, Gorbien will be the first in the newly created position and will be caring for geriatric patients at Howard Brown’s Hyde Park location. Additionally, he will be supporting Howard Brown in the integration of clinical care for older adults throughout the organization.

“This unique opportunity will allow me to fuse so many of the issues I’m passionate about,” said Gorbien. “Caring for LGBTQ+ older adults at such an esteemed organization will provide the ideal setting in which to provide clinical care while developing programs that address unmet needs for this vulnerable cohort. I hope to be able to engage with HIV long-term survivors as this group will greatly benefit from team-based, comprehensive, compassionate care.”

Gorbien previously served as associate chief of staff for geriatrics and extended care at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and directed the division of geriatrics and palliative Medicine at Rush University Medical Center, where he developed innovative and patient-centered programs in geriatrics and palliative care.

“Dr. Gorbien has the experience required to provide comprehensive care for the older adults we serve, and we are excited to have him as the first director of geriatric medicine,” said Howard Brown Health chief clinical officer Magda Houlberg, MD, AAHIVS. “His expertise will bring leadership and direction to this new position as we expand care options for older adults.”

Gorbien is a past-chair of the American Geriatrics Society’s clinical practice committee and a fellow of the American Geriatrics Society, the American College of Physicians, and the Institute of Medicine. He has previously held leadership positions in Geriatric Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the University of Chicago and Rush University Medical Center.

According to the American Psychological Association, LGBTQ seniors may disproportionately be affected by poverty and physical and mental health conditions and may be more vulnerable to neglect and mistreatment in aging care facilities. They are also more likely to live alone.

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