The Medical Direction team works together in a collaborative environment under the direction of the center’s Administrator. The team reviews current policies and procedures to ensure accuracy and relevance, while also making recommendations for potential changes. This team of skilled professionals insures compliance with acceptable standards of medical and nursing practices and advises the Administrator in all areas concerning clinical practice.
David W. Chen, MD, Medical Director
Dr. David Chen is board certified and specializes in internal medicine. Affiliated with Deutsches Altenheim since 1984, he was appointed Medical Director in 1997 and serves on the Ethics Committee. Dr. Chen graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1976 and received his medical degree from Brown University School of Medicine in 1980. Dr. Chen has worked in geriatrics for more than 30 years and has served as staff physician and medical director at numerous local nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. He was a clinical instructor in medicine at Tufts University Medical School and has been affiliated with Faulkner Hospital in Boston since 1984, as staff physician and clinical ward attending physician and has served on numerous hospital committees
Bruce A. Kaster, MD, Advisory Physician to Wilhelmina Schrafft Pavilion at German Centre for Extended Care
Dr. Bruce Kaster is a board certified geriatric psychiatrist who has been practicing for over 20 years. He specializes exclusively in the treatment of older adults. Dr. Kaster is on staff at McLean Hospital and collaborates with the geriatric medical practices of both Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Kaster is also an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and lectures extensively on issues pertaining to geriatric mental health, including Alzheimer’s disease.
The Medical Director and all Advisory Physicians consult and attend to residents’ needs at German Centre for Extended Care, Edelweiss Village and Senior Place.
Nurse Practitioner Affiliations
To coordinate the care of some of its residents, German Centre for Extended Care maintains relationships with nurse practitioners from three outside agencies, including: Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, UnitedHealthcare and IPC Healthcare.