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About the Center for Geriatric Medicine

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Cleveland Clinic's Geriatric Medicine program specializes in diagnosing and treating elderly patients with complex medical conditions and social problems.

Our goal is to create comprehensive geriatric care plans designed to preserve independence and improve quality of life for geriatric patients. Dementia care is a significant component of our clinical, teaching, and research efforts.

Center for Geriatric Medicine Provides Specialized, Expert Care for Older Adults

At the Center for Geriatric Medicine, older adults referred for geriatric assessments can be seen by a nurse and physician trained in geriatric problems. Consultations with social services and a geriatric pharmacist also can be coordinated.

We have expanded our geriatric medicine staff, and offer multi-specialty clinics and outreach programs at Cleveland Clinic Health System hospitals and Cleveland Clinic Family Health Centers throughout Northeast Ohio.


The Center for Geriatric Medicine is located on Cleveland Clinic main campus at 10685 Carnegie Avenue. To schedule an appointment or refer a patient, please call 216.444.5665.

Meet Our Director

Barbara Messinger-Rapport

Barbara Messinger-Rapport, MD, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Geriatric Medicine and Section Head of Geriatric Medicine for the Department of Internal Medicine.

She obtained her MD from Case Western Reserve University as well as her PhD in Biomedical Engineering. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center and fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Cleveland Clinic.

She has been a member of the professional staff since 1998.