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Rush University Senior Care

Rush University Senior Care is dedicated to serving patients age 65 years and older.

RUSC offers patient and family centered care provided by an inter-disciplinary team of board certified geriatricians, nurse practitioners, a dietician, and a social worker. 
As a teaching practice, patients also benefit from the involvement of trainees from a variety of disciplines.
This practice provides both primary care as well as consultative care and we are pleased to work with a patient's primary care physician when patients present for evaluation of geriatric syndromes such as functional decline, falls, urinary incontinence, memory loss, personality change, frailty, polypharmacy, pain and symptom management.



Magdalena Bednarczyk, MD, attended medical school at Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland. She finished her residency training at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, where she also received highest departmental graduation honors as recipient of the Padmanabhan “Dan” Mukundan Award along special recognition for exemplary service performed as Chief Resident.  Following completion of her fellowship training in Geriatrics at Rush University Medical Center, she joined the Geriatrics Department as faculty. She divides her time between clinic and inpatient consultative services along with taking care of a panel of long term care and subacute rehab patients in nursing homes.


Xinqi Dong, MD, is the Director of the Chinese Health Aging and Policy Program,  Associate Director, Rush Institute for Healthy Aging,  and an Associate Professor of Medicine, in the departments of Internal Medicine, Nursing, and Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center. He  has a long standing interest in human rights and social justice issues in vulnerable populations.  Dr. Dong currently is a Congressional Policy Fellow/Health and Aging Policy Fellow and serves as a Senior Policy & Research Advisor for the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) and a Senior Policy Advisor for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Dr. Dong also is a recipient of the Paul Beeson Award in Aging, National Physician Advocacy Merit Award, the Nobuo Maeda International Aging and Public Health Research Award, and the Maxwell Pollack Award in Productive Aging. Dr. Dong serves as a Commissioner for the Commission on Law and Aging of the American Bar Association (ABA), and the Board of Directors for the Chinese American Service League, the largest social services organization in the Midwest serving the needs of Chinese populations.  He is a fellow of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC) and member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Global Violence Prevention Forum. Next year, he will be chairing the IOM Global Violence Prevention on Elder Abuse. Dr. Dong speaks Chinese – Mandarin.

Anneke Flannick, LCSW, graduated with a master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.  She completed a fellowship in geriatric social work prior to joining Rush Senior Care.  Anneke provides assistance and support to patients and families on a wide variety of issues including adult day services, Medicare and Medicaid, prescription drug costs, caregiver support, counseling, housing choices, support groups, in-home care options, durable medical equipment and more.​


Daniel Maher, NP, has been in the field of Geriatrics since 1997. He has worked at Rush University Senior Care since 2004. He works both independently and in collaboration with the geriatric attending physicians in the outpatient setting and in the skilled nursing arena.  Previously, Dan worked at St. Joseph Hospital here in Chicago for the Chief of Geriatric Medicine as a staff nurse and nurse practitioner. He graduated with Honors from Loyola University in 2002 with a Master of Science in Nursing. He has presented nationally on the topics of undiagnosed co-morbidities, vitamin B-12, and the use of a computerized medication list.   He has helped develop an online learning program regarding Capacity (decision-making ability) under a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation. He is a bicycle commuter and a marathon runner.


Poonam Merai, MD, completed medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, and her residency and fellowship at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and has clinical expertise in dementia and geriatric assessment. Additionally, she is fluent in Gujarati.

Jack C. Olson, MD, is the Fellowship Director for the Section of Geriatric Medicine and an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at Rush.  He is a native of western Michigan and obtained a BS in Chemistry and a BA in English from the Honors College at Michigan State University.  He attended the University of Michigan Medical School followed by residency and fellowship at the University of Wisconsin/Madison.  Former positions include Associate Medical Director for Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, WI, and Director of the Windermere Senior Health Center at the University of Chicago.  His vocational interests include Life-Extension strategies, Anabolism, Gero-Psychiatry and Quality Assurance.  Avocationally he enjoys weightlifting, jogging, the cinema and literature (especially poetry) in addition to family life with his son Jack and daughter Lily (and even MoJo; a Chinese Crested)

Anthony J. Perry, MD, has been practicing Geriatric Medicine since 1994 as a member of the Rush University Senior Care team, which he joined immediately after completing his fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Rush University Medical Center.  Prior to his Geriatric Medicine training he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Rush and served for a year as a chief medical resident.  He is currently an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Rush. 

Dr. Perry has served as the president of the Illinois Geriatrics Society and also represented Illinois at the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.  He serves as a voluntary member of the board of directors for two community based organizations.  The first is AgeOptions; The Suburban Area Agency on Aging for which he serves as the board chair.  The second is the Community Memorial Foundation. 
In addition to seeing patients in Rush University Senior Care Dr. Perry serves several roles at Rush.  He serves as an Associate Vice President for Clinical Affairs and as an Associate Chief Medical Officer.  Within that role he specifically serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Rush University Medical Group, which includes all of Rush’s employed physician faculty. 



Primary health care and consultations to seniors over the age of 65.

  • Diagnosis and treatment of cognitive (memory) disorders 
  • End of life and palliative
  • Management of chronic illnesses
  • Comprehensive geriatric assessment
  • Care coordination via our interdisciplinary team
  • Age appropriate health screening and preventative care
  • Urgent care for established patients
  • Nursing home care, post-acute skilled/rehabilitation care
Our Social Worker is available Monday through Thursday during Office hours.
Geriatric Psychiatry is available.


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Rush University Senior Care
1725 W. Harrison St.
Professional Building III
Suite 955
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-7030
Fax: (312) 563-4212
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