Ryan Zitnay Chippendale MD

Clinical Associate Professor , Geriatrics

72 E. Concord Street | (617) 638-8383
Ryan Chippendale



A graduate of the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Dr. Chippendale completed her Internal Medicine residency, Chief Medical Residency and 2-year Geriatric Medicine clinician-educator track fellowship at Boston Medical Center (BMC). She serves a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine and is the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program Director and Geriatric Oncology Fellowship Program Co-director at BMC. She has been heavily involved in Undergraduate Medical Education as a former Clerkship Director for the Advanced Internal Medicine Clerkship from 2014-19 and Course Director and creator of the Internal Medicine Bootcamp Elective at Boston University Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine.

An attending physician in the Section of Geriatrics at BMC, she provides care to vulnerable older adult patients in home, geriatrics assessment clinic and geriatrics inpatient service settings. She also serves as Core Faculty for the Primary Care Training Program and the Geriatrics Subspecialty Education Coordinator for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at BMC.

Her educational research focuses on studying the impact of the national geriatrics fellowship virtual learning platform, GERIAtrics Fellows Learning Online and Together (Geri-a-FLOAT), for which she is the co-founder and co-director. This innovative educational initiative was created out of the educational need for virtual learning during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and has been sustained and proven efficacious and impactful for geriatrics fellows and faculty internationally, reaching 240 institutions and 17 countries. She also has a passion for creating and evaluating educational interventions around the structural and social determinants of health (SSDOH) in older adults, including building a national geriatrics fellowship health equities curriculum on the Geri-a-FLOAT platform.

She has received multiple Excellence in Teaching awards from BMC’s Internal Medicine Residency Program, the Junior Faculty Mentorship Award by the Department of Medicine, and the BMC Graduate Medical Education Program Leadership Award. She has been inducted into both the Gold Humanism Society and Boston University chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. Nationally, she is a board member for the Association of Directors of Geriatrics Academic Programs (ADGAP).


MD, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

Biology, BS, Villanova University


Published on 9/14/2023

Burton CH, van Zuilen MH, Primbas A, Young ME, Swartz K, Colburn J, Kumar C, Klomhaus A, Chippendale R, Streed CG. Sexual and gender minority health-related content in geriatric fellowships. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2024 Mar; 72(3):866-874. PMID: 37710405.

Published on 8/18/2023

Miller RK, Young M, Chippendale R, Jantea R, Goroncy A, Murdock C, Schwartz AW, Sehgal M. Using the Geriatric 5Ms to teach structural and social determinants of health. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2023 Dec; 71(12):3967-3972. PMID: 37596776.

Published on 6/20/2023

Beiting KJ, Chippendale RZ, Goroncy A, Duggan MC. Geriatrics Fellows Learning Online And Together (Geri-a-FLOAT): A sustainable model of learning and support. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2023 Sep; 71(9):2902-2912. PMID: 37338112.

Published on 3/10/2022

Robertson ML, Mushero N, Demers L, Goroncy A, Chippendale R. Inequities in the care of older adults: Identifying education gaps in geriatric medicine fellowship. Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2023; 44(2):254-260. PMID: 35272580.

Published on 3/2/2022

Mushero N, Demers LB, Chippendale R. An Interactive Workshop on Managing Dysphagia in Older Adults With Dementia. MedEdPORTAL. 2022; 18:11223. PMID: 35309254.

Published on 3/19/2021

Chippendale RZ. Homecoming. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021 05; 69(5):1166. PMID: 33740252.

Published on 8/17/2020

Duggan MC, Goroncy A, Christmas C, Chippendale R. Staying Afloat in the COVID-19 Storm: GERIAtrics Fellows Learning Online And Together (GERI-A-FLOAT). J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 10; 68(10):E54-E56. PMID: 32674219.

Published on 4/16/2020

Heidemann LA, Kempner S, Walford E, Chippendale R, Fitzgerald JT, Morgan HK. Internal medicine paging curriculum to improve physician-nurse interprofessional communication: a single center pilot study. J Interprof Care. 2020 Apr 16; 1-4. PMID: 32297818.

Published on 1/1/2020

Nee J, Chippendale RZ, Feuerstein JD. Screening for Colon Cancer in Older Adults: Risks, Benefits, and When to Stop. Mayo Clin Proc. 2020 01; 95(1):184-196. PMID: 31902414.

Published on 4/19/2017

Kaufman LB, Soto A, Gascon L, Quintiliani L, Weinberg J, Joshi P, Chippendale R. Oral Health for Older Adults: An Interprofessional Workshop for Medical Students. MedEdPORTAL. 2017 Apr 19; 13:10572. PMID: 30800774.

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