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photo Adele L. Towers, MD MPH FACP


Associate Professor of Medicine & Psychiatry

Senior Clinical Advisor, UPMC Enterprises

Director of Risk Adjustment, UPMC Enterprises


Phone: 412-692-2360

Office: 3471 Fifth Avenue
Kaufmann Medical Buidling, Suite 500
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-2360
Fax: 412-692-2370
Administrative Assistant:
Lanee Williams
Address: 3471 Fifth Ave, Suite 500
Kaufmann Medical Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-2360
Fax: 412-692-2370
Education and Training
BS, Cornell University, 1982
MD, University of Connecticut, 1986
MPH, University of Pittsburgh, 1991
Internal/Residency in Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 1989
Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 1991
MPH, Dept of Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, 1991
Clinical Interest
Dr. Towers provides primary and consultative care to older adults at the UPMC Senior Care-Benedum Geriatric Center located in UPMC Montefiore Hospital. Her interests are in healthy aging of the mind and body, and management of mood and cognitive disorders. She pioneered the use of "Group Visits" in an academic practice as an effective way of providing care to older adults, especially those with complex needs. She also serves as a Senior Clinical Advisor to UPMC Enterprises.
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Selected Publications:
Salvi, F., Miller, M.D., Grilli, A., Giorgi, R., Towers, A.L., Morichi, V., Spazzafumo, L., Mancinelli, L., Espinosa, E., Rappelli, A., Dessi-Fulgheri, P. Practice Guidelines to score the Modified Cumulative Illness Rating Scale (CIRS) and its validation in acute hospitalized elderly patient. Journal of the American Geriatric Society. 2008; 56: 1926-31.
Sheth, H., Galhotra, S., Devita, M., Towers, A., Verrico, M. Adverse events related to lorazepam use on medical floors. Journal of Patient Safety. 2008; 4 (2): 61-65.
Towers, A.L., Clay, C.A., Sereika, S.M., McIntosh, I., Greenspan, S.L. Skeletal integrity in patients with nail patella syndrome. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. 2005; 90 (4): 1961-5.
Sheth, H., Verrico, M., Skledar, S., Towers, A. Promethazine adverse events after implementation of a medication shortage interchange. Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 2005; 39 (2): 255-61.
Whyte, E., Mulsant, B., Butters, M., Qayyum, M., Towers, A., Swtt, R., Klunk, W., Wisniewski, S., DeKosky, S. Cognitive and behavioral correlates of low vitamin B12 levels in elderly patients with progressive dementia. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2002; 10: 321-327.
Marar, I.E., Towers, A.L., Mulsant, B.M., Pollock, B.G., Amico, J.A. Effect of paroxetine on plasma vasopressin and water load testing in elderly individuals. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology. 2000; 13 (4): 212-6.
Verrico, M.M., Nace, D.A., Towers, A.L. Fulminant chemical hepatitis possibly associated with donepezil and sertraline therapy. Journal of the American Geriatric Society. 2000; 48 (12): 1659-63.
Towers, A., Burgio, K., Locher, J., Merkel, I., Safaeian, M., Wald, A. Constipation in the elderly: influence of dietary, psychological, and physiological factors. Journal of the American Geriatric Society. 1994; 42: 701-706.
Merkel, I., Locher, J., Burgio, K., Towers, A., Wald, A. Physiologic and psychological characteristics of an elderly population with chronic constipation. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 1993; 88: 1854-9.
Cauley, J., Kwoh, K., Egeland, G., Nevitt, M., Cooperstein, L., Rohay, J., Towers, A., Gutai, J. Serum hormones and severity of osteoarthritis of the hand. Journal of Rheumatology. 1993; 20: 1170-5.
Notable Achievements
Pittsburgh Magazine, "Best Doctors", 2015
UPMC Presbyterian Campus Medical Staff, “Dedication to Commitment and Quality Award”, 2015