Sharon Brangman, MD, is a Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Department of Geriatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University and Director, Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease of CNY and the 2016 recipient of the FOCUS Wisdom Keeper honor.
Sharon A. Brangman, MD has been on the faculty at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York since October 1989. She is currently a Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Department of Geriatrics. She is the director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program and is director of the Upstate Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Brangman is also the Director of the Nappi Longevity Institute.
Originally from Brooklyn, Dr. Brangman graduated from Nottingham High School in Syracuse, received her undergraduate degree in biology from Syracuse University and her medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse in 1981. She completed residency training in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in The Bronx, New York, where she also completed fellowship training in geriatric medicine. Dr. Brangman is board certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine as well as hospice and palliative care. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Geriatrics Society. Dr Brangman is a past president of the American Geriatrics Society and also served as chair of the board. In addition, she is a past president and chair of the board of the Association of Directors of Geriatrics Academic Programs.
A leader in the field of geriatrics, Dr. Brangman developed University Geriatricians at Upstate Medical University, the most comprehensive ambulatory practice and interdisciplinary team in geriatric medicine in the region. She created and is director of Upstate’s Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program; consistently accredited for almost 20 years. She created LinkAges, an innovative curriculum in geriatric medicine that advances student-patient relationships into all four years of medical school education.
Dr. Brangman is widely known as director of the CNY Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center, which serves 13 counties. Most recently, she implemented Upstate’s ACE Team, the Acute Care for the Elderly Program for patients admitted to Upstate University Hospital. A nationally-recognized expert on Alzheimer’s disease and the cultural issues of aging, the softspoken doctor and 2010 President of the American Geriatrics Society, is a powerful voice in Washington, DC, advocating healthcare reform, independence and quality of life for all older people. Here at home, Dr. Brangman is known by her patients, families and colleagues alike for her dedication, passion and her warm, caring manner.