Kenneth L. Minaker, M.D. is Chief of the Geriatric Medicine Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada and was in the first graduating class of Geriatric Fellows at the Harvard University Division on Aging in 1979. After completing his fellowship he became Director of Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center of the Veterans Health Service at Harvard and the Associate Director of the Beth Israel Hospital Clinical Research Center.
He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and has received numerous awards including Who’s Who in America and the Greenwall Foundation Award from the American Federation for Aging Research. In addition, Dr. Minaker is consistently recognized in America’s Top Doctors. He has published more than 134 journal articles and reviews, and contributed to 15 books. Just recently Dr. Minaker received the Nascher Manning Award from the American Geriatrics Society. This award is given for distinguished life-long achievement in clinical geriatrics.

In addition to his role at the MGH, Dr. Minaker is a Senior Editor of Harvard’s web-based InteliHealth site and the Gerontology Editor of the Harvard Health Letter.

He serves on many local and national committees including the National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine Panel on Dietary Intakes for Electrolytes and Water. He is also a reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

Currently, Dr. Minaker is working on a federally funded Project for the National Institute of Health. This basic science research investigates the treatment of chronic heart failure with Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone (GHRH), and ways to improve bone mass and muscle function with GHRH. He is also researching and testing interventions for the early detection and management of executive dysfunction, which affects the planning of our daily lives.

Dr. Minaker lives in Newton, MA and enjoys boating, hiking, birds and dogs.

“Practicing gerontology allows me to integrate new scientific discoveries regarding aging into clinical care. It is rewarding to help innovate programs for the care of seniors and be able to integrate modern advances in medical care into our practice.”
~Dr. Kenneth Minaker