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Center for Geriatric Surgery

Our Vision

Older adult surgical patients and their families receive the best possible clinical care.

Our Mission

To provide high-quality perioperative care tailored to the needs of older adult patients through an innovative, interdisciplinary approach establishing and integrating evidence-based processes throughout all phases of surgical care.


Zara Cooper, MD, MSc

Zara Cooper, MD, MSc

Director and Founder, Center for Geriatric Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Kessler Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Trauma Surgeon, Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

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Rachelle Bernacki, MD, MS

Rachelle Bernacki, MD, MS

Director of Care Transformation and Postoperative Services

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Lynne O’Mara, MPAS, PA-C

Lynne O’Mara, MPAS, PA-C

Clinical Program Manager

Amy Bulger, RN, MPH, GERO-BC, CPHQ

Amy Bulger, RN, MPH, GERO-BC, CPHQ

Director of Geriatrics Operations

Our Team

Houman Javedan, MD, Geriatrician

Samir Tulebaev, MD, Geriatrician

Angela Bader, MD, MPH, Preoperative Anesthesiologist

Melissa Littlefield, MBA, Administration

Emma Reidy, MPH, Program Manager

Christina Sheu, BA, Data Coordinator

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