Photo of Sarah Berry, MD, at the  Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging research, Boston, MA

Sarah Berry, MD, MPH

  • Associate Scientist
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Faculty

Sarah Berry, M.D. is a clinical researcher at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research where her primary research focuses on outcomes following hip fractures, both in the community and nursing home settings. Given the strong link between falls and fracture, Dr. Berry is interested in studying novel and modifiable risk factors for falls. Her current funding is through the National Institute on Aging and aims to conduct a large, observational study to determine the safest drugs to treat cardiometabolic disease. In addition, she currently conducts a pilot trial to develop and implement an effective program to prevent injurious falls in the nursing home.

Dr. Berry is also an academic geriatrician in musculoskeletal health at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston. She has served as a past program director for the Harvard Medical School Multicampus Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Berry received her Bachelor of Science in biomedical sciences from Auburn University in Alabama and her medical degree from the University of Alabama Medical School. She completed her medical internship and residency programs at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, and fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 

Research Areas

Learn more about the areas of research where Dr. Berry focuses.

A researcher at the Marcus Institute for Aging Research in Boston, MA studies MRI images of a human brain.

Brain Health

Through pioneering multidisciplinary research, the Marcus Institute is uncovering new answers to the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, delirium, and other changes to the brain.

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Health Care Services and Policy

The Marcus Institute seeks to effect change in policies that impact the care of older adults by identifying age-related conditions that have an outsized impact on health care utilization and costs, while developing interventions that mitigate the issues.

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Marcus Institute researchers are examining the relationship between medicine and adverse health outcomes such as falls, injuries, and treatment side effects among older people.

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Physical Health and Function

Through the Marcus Institute’s research we are learning how older adults can maintain independence and quality of life.

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Current Projects

View Dr. Berry's current projects. 

Combining Testosterone Therapy and Exercise to Improve Function Post Hip Fracture (STEP-HI)

This research aims to evaluate, in elderly female hip fracture patients, the benefits of short-term testosterone therapy combined with supervised exercise, on mobility and quality of life during the year following the fracture.

NIH R01AG051647

Principal Investigators

Nursing Home Prevention of Injury in Dementia (NH PRIDE)

This research aims to develop and implement an Injury Liaison Service in four nursing home facilities that will promote deprescribing psychoactive and cardiometabolic drugs and encourage osteoporosis treatment.

NIH R01AG062492

Principal Investigator

Safe Cardiometabolic Drug Prescribing to Prevent Injury in Nursing Home Residents

This research aims to determine the net clinical benefit of cardiometabolic drugs in ADRD and other nursing home residents. Our findings will inform clinical treatment of cardiometabolic disease, prevent injurious falls, and save costs in the nursing home.
NIH R01AG061221

Principal Investigator

Mentoring Patient-Oriented Research to Prevent Injury in Older Adults

The goal of this Midcareer Investigator Award is to grow the field of young investigators properly trained in aging research, and to improve the health of frail, older adults through Dr. Berry`s research efforts focused on unintentional injury.


K24 AG070106

Principal Investigators

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