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About Jennifer Tjia

Jennifer Tjia, MD, MSCE is an Associate Professor in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, with a secondary appointment in the Clinical and Population Health Research Program, and is board-certified in both geriatric medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Tjia's research focuses on medication use and drug safety in the elderly, specifically focusing on patient-centered prescribing and quality of life outcomes in advanced illness. Older adults use a disproportionate number of prescription medications and are at increased risk of drug-related injury. Recognizing that the burden of unnecessary medication use in this population has not been well studied, the goal of Dr. Tjia's research is to understand the effect of unnecessary medication use on quality of life, and to develop a patient-centered intervention to identify and manage these medications.


Present Associate Professor, Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Present Associate Professor, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Clinical and Population Health Research Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Honors and Awards

  • Paper of the Month, Swiss Patient Safety Foundation (2009)
  • Exceptional Reviewer, Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety (2009)
  • Career Development Award, Junior Faculty Scholar in Research on Health Outcomes, Pfizer/American Geriatrics Society (2003)
  • Finalist, Lipkin Award for Outstanding Research Paper by a Research Associate, Society of General Internal Medicine (2003)
  • Faculty Scholar, Center of Excellence in Geriatrics, Boston University School of Medicine (1999)
  • National Finalist, Secretary’s Award for Innovations in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1993)

Contact Information

Division of Geriatric Medicine
Biotech 4, Suite 315
377 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01605


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