Rebecca Sue Boxer, M.D., M.S. for UC Davis Health

Rebecca Sue Boxer, M.D., M.S.

Division Chief Geriatrics, Division of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine

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Geriatric Medicine


Internal Medicine

Locations and Contact

UC Davis Midtown Ambulatory Care Center

UC Davis Medical Group - Midtown
3160 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95816

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Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Boxer provides comprehensive care to older adults. Dr. Boxer is commited to listening to her patients and helping them to make decisions around their goals of care.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Boxer is a geriatrician caring for older adults with multiple chronic conditions, functional decline, dementia and frailty. Dr. Boxer has expertise in cardiovascular disease, particularly heart failure in the the oldest old.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Boxer has broad research interests including heart failure disease managment, nursing home care, systems of care for older adults, polypharmacy, and social determinants of health. Dr. Boxer primarily conducts pragmatic clinical trials and often collaborates with investigators in other specialties and disciplines.


Geriatrics, Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine

Undergraduate School

B.A., Biology, Barnard College, New York NY 1992

Medical School

M.D., Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA 1997

Other School

M.S., Clinical Investigation, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH 2012


Internal Medicine, Primary Care, UC San Francisco, San Francisco CA 1997-1998


Internal Medicine, Primary Care, UC San Francisco, San Francisco CA 1998-2000


Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH 2005


Geriatric Medicine, University of Connecticut, Farmington CT 2002-2004

To see a full list of Dr. Boxer's publications, please click here.

Boxer RS, Dolansky MA, Chaussee EL, Campbell JD, Daddato AE, Page RL 2nd, Fairclough DL, Gravenstein S. A Randomized Controlled Trial of Heart Failure Disease Management in Skilled Nursing Facilities. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2022 Mar;23(3):359-366. doi:10.1016/j.jamda.2021.05.023. Epub 2021 Jun 16. PMID:34146521.

Weerahandi H, Chaussee EL, Dodson JA, Dolansky M, Boxer RS. DiseaseManagement in Skilled Nursing Facilities Improves Outcomes for Patients With aPrimary Diagnosis of Heart Failure. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2022 Mar;23(3):367-372. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2021.08.002. Epub 2021 Sep 1. PMID: 34478693; PMCID:PMC8885787.

Boxer RS, Daddato AE, Jessen A, Portz JD, Shetterly S. Hospitalizations of Caregivers Increases Risk of Hospitalization for Patients Living with Dementia. J Gen Intern Med. 2023 Feb;38(2):502-507. doi: 10.1007/s11606-022-07902-w. Epub 2022 Nov 14. PMID: 36376629; PMCID: PMC9905325.

Jones CD, Nearing KA, Burke RE, Lum HD, Boxer RS, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Ozkaynak M, Levy CR. "What Would It Take to Transform Post-Acute Care?" 2019 Conference Proceedings on Re-envisioning Post-Acute Care. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2020 Aug;21(8):1012-1014. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2020.02.004. Epub 2020 Mar 17. PMID: 32192872; PMCID: PMC7396295.

Morrow CD, Perraillon MC, Wald HL, Nelson JL, Reeder BP, Battaglia C, Boxer RS. Challenges in Heart Failure Disease Management in Skilled Nursing Facilities: A Qualitative Study. J Gerontol Nurs. 2022 May;48(5):14-17. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20220404-04. Epub 2022 May 1. PMID: 35511061.

Stutzbach JA, Gustavson AM, Derlein DL, Forster JE, Boxer RS, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Older adults in skilled nursing facilities demonstrate low physical activity during and after discharge. Disabil Rehabil. 2022 Jul;44(15):3909-3914. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2021.1892838. Epub 2021 Apr 9. PMID: 33836134.

Morrow CD, Reeder BP, Perraillon MC, Ozkaynak M, Wald HL, Eber LE, Trojanowski JI, Battaglia C, Boxer RS. Information Needs of Skilled Nursing Facility Staff to Support Heart Failure Disease Management. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2021 Jan 25;2020:878-885. PMID: 33936463; PMCID: PMC8075486.

Gustavson AM, Malone DJ, Boxer RS, Forster JE, Stevens-Lapsley JE. Application of High-Intensity Functional Resistance Training in a Skilled Nursing Facility: An Implementation Study. Phys Ther. 2020 Sep 28;100(10):1746-1758. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzaa126. PMID: 32750132; PMCID: PMC7530575.

Morrow C, Perraillon MC, Daddato AE, Reeder BP, Wald HL, Battaglia C, Boxer RS. Patient Characteristics Are Not Associated With Documentation of Weight and Heart Failure Related Sign and Symptom Assessment in Skilled Nursing Facilities. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2021 Jun;22(6):1265-1270.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2020.08.033. Epub 2020 Oct 16. PMID: 33071159.

Gustavson AM, Drake C, Lakin A, Daddato AE, Falvey JR, Capell W, Lum HD, Jones CD, Unroe KT, Towsley GL, Stevens-Lapsley JE, Levy CR, Boxer RS; PACRATS Investigators. Conducting Clinical Research in Post-acute and Long-term Nursing Home Care Settings: Regulatory Challenges. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2019 Jul;20(7):798-803. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2019.04.022. PMID: 31248598; PMCID: PMC6703170.