Bean to receive GSA’s 2017 Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award


The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has chosen Jonathan Bean, MD, MPH, MS, FGSA, of Harvard Medical School as the 2017 recipient of the Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award.

This distinguished honor is given annually to acknowledge outstanding contributions in the field of rehabilitation. The awardee's work may be in the areas of teaching or patient care, or publications that may include scholarly works, books, monographs, administrative directives, or public policy papers.

The award presentation will take place at GSA's 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 18 to 22 in Boston, Massachusetts. This conference is organized to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers, educators, and practitioners who specialize in the study of the aging process.

Bean is an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School as well at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. He is an internationally recognized expert in geriatric rehabilitative care as a result of his extensive experience in the conduct of clinical trials and the measurement of disablement outcomes.

His research has focused on identifying the modifiable risk factors that underlie mobility decline, falls and disability; the identification of clinical screening tests that predict these adverse outcomes; and the development of new therapeutic approaches that prevent these outcomes from occurring.

Bean is a GSA fellow, which is the highest level of membership within the Society.


The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,500+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA's structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.


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