Rebecca S. Boxer, MD, Geriatric Heart Failure Specialist and Assistant Professor of Medicine


Rebecca Boxer, MD is a board-certified internist and geriatric heart failure specialist. She completed her undergraduate studies at Barnard College and received a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She was trained in internal medicine, primary care at the University of California, San Francisco, and completed a geriatrics fellowship at the University of Connecticut and a heart failure fellowship at Case Western Reserve University. Since 2005, Boxer has been an attending physician and assistant professor of medicine at the Harrington-McLaughlin Heart and Vascular Institute, Case Western Reserve University. Boxer conducts clinically focused research on improving physical function of older adults with cardiovascular disease. Her current research examines the role of vitamin D in heart failure and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Boxer speaks for the National Heart Failure Training Program and the American Heart Association and has published articles in numerous medical journals.

Why I Care

"It's become increasingly difficult for older adults and their families to navigate the field of medicine. Contradictory medical wisdom, outdated personal beliefs, and pop-media advice create confusion and uncertainty for healthcare consumers. I see myself as a guide who helps patients and their families navigate the healthcare system and helps establish health goals."


Recently Published on Caring.com

Going Home From the Hospital — Apr 26, 2013
Being hospitalized is stressful both for an older parent and for the family as a whole. Testing and treatments have become complicated, and often the hospitalist physician ...
Can I give my 85 year old mother supplements with her medication for CHF? — Dec 14, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of your mother's condition. Heart failure is very common in older adults and can be quite disabling. I strongly recommend that she consult with a card...
Am I still getting the vitamin D I need by sitting outside? — Mar 31, 2011
You pose a very good question about gaining vitamin D by sunlight exposure vs. the risk of skin cancer. Sitting outside in sunlight will boost vitamin D levels but your sk...