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Kenneth Lloyd Minaker, MD

Chief, Geriatric Medicine Unit

"Practicing gerontology allows me to integrate new scientific discoveries in aging into clinical care. It is rewarding to help innovate programs for the care of seniors and to integrate modern advances in medical care into our practice" K.L. Minaker

  • Phone: 617-726-4600
Department of Medicine
Clinical Interests
Wellness in the elderly population
Cardiovascular disease
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
Residency, Sunnybrook & Women's College Health Sciences Centre
Residency, Toronto General Hospital
Fellowship, Harvard Medical School
Patient Gateway
Yes, learn more
Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Primary Care Patients
No - Not Accepting new primary care patients

Accepting New Specialty Patients



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. In 2004, Dr. Minaker received the Nascher Manning Award from the American Geriatrics Society. This award is given for distinguished life-long achievement in clinical geriatrics.

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).

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

ResearchCurrently, 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.

Revere Community Health Day celebrates collaboration

MGH Hotline 5.15.09 Members of the MGH Revere HealthCare Center and special guests gathered together April 28 to celebrate the center’s ninth annual Community Health Day.

Departments collaborate to transform care for senior patients

Two MGH departments have joined together to redesign the way care is offered to senior patients with bone fractures.

Kenneth L. Minaker, MD, honored with endowed chair

Kenneth L. Minaker, MD, chief of the Geriatric Medicine Unit, was honored Oct. 9 as the inaugural incumbent of the MGH Endowed Chair in Geriatric Medicine.

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