“What drove me toward geriatric medicine? A strong need to preserve health, individuality, meaning, and dignity for those in the later chapters of life. Each person has a unique story in a life long-lived. They’re impacted by chronic, lingering illness, and aging itself, which presents a complex challenge: finding better health while still pursuing those things that make them glad to embrace another day. This is what attracted me to the field — the need to thoughtfully consider each individual situation and find the best solutions every time.”
Dr. Alan Abrams has dedicated his 40-year career to geriatric medicine to improve the health and quality of life of vulnerable seniors. As Chief Geriatrician for ConcertoCare, he brings a wealth of experience in patient care and cost-saving health care delivery models for older and frail adults.
Prior to joining ConcertoCare, Dr. Abrams served as the Medical Director of the Beth Israel Deaconess Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and founding Medical Director of UnitedHealth's Special Needs Plan for People Living in Nursing Homes and its dual-eligible Senior Care Options program. Here he pioneered the development of an information system to streamline the interaction between skilled nursing facilities and hospitals to ensure patients get the best care possible.
Previously, Dr. Abrams was the Cambridge Health Alliance Medical Director of the Center of Excellence for Senior Health, which included a startup PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) program as well as both a national and state award-winning house call medicine program. In these endeavors where geriatric care, healthcare systems, and business intersect, Dr. Abrams has been a physician executive who has succeeded in improving outcomes and reducing costs.
Dr. Abrams earned his medical degree from the NYU School of Medicine and a Master in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. He is also board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine.
He and his wife have four children and six grandchildren. He plays the drums and enjoys almost all sports as an observer and participant. One of his favorite pastimes is walking in the woods with family, friends, and his Norwegian elkhound, Lexie.