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Coordinator Geriatric Social Work
Geriatric Medicine Unit, Mass General Hospital
Boston, MA

Barbara Moscowitz grew up in the Northeast and stayed in the area for college, receiving her Bachelor's degree from Brandeis University and her Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) from Boston College. She has spent her entire professional career at Mass. General Hospital in the Departments of Social Services and Geriatric Medicine, and has now been practicing at MGH for over 27 years. While working as an inpatient social worker in General Medicine, most of the patients Barbara encountered were older adults. This experience expanded her education and knowledge base and sparked an interest that inspired her to seek out further learning and training opportunities in that area.

Barbara finds the opportunity to meet patients and families as outpatients before crisis, and to provide counseling and education that empowers them to make important choices and decisions, to be the most rewarding part of her job. She enjoys the chance to be "proactive rather than reactive." As a health care professional, Barbara recognizes the importance of providing guidance to both the individual patient and their family. She offers support as patients and their families learn about available resources, make lifestyle changes, and adjust to changing roles as an "aging family".

Beyond the clinical setting, Barbara is currently conducting research on a wellness curriculum in the frail outpatient population, and her goal is to explore interventions that will enable chronically ill individuals to remain in their homes. She is also the Director of MGH Senior HealthWISE, a community-based program that aims to enhance the health and well being of older adults.
Outside of her dedication to her work and her patients, Barbara is a reading, film, and art enthusiast.

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