Nora OBrien-Suric, Ph.D.


Nora OBrien-Suric, Ph.D., president of the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, has 30 years of experience in the field of aging, including over 15 years in philanthropy developing national programs that improve care for older adults, and over 10 years in direct services including work as a hospital social worker and discharge planner, a geriatric mental health specialist and an entitlement expert.

As a social worker, Dr. OBrien-Suric is accustomed to working within interdisciplinary teams both in clinical settings and in the community. As a Senior Program Officer for The John A. Hartford Foundation, Dr. OBrien-Suric oversaw the National Interprofessional Education and Practice Grant Initiatives. Dr. OBrien-Suric holds a doctoral degree in social welfare from Hunter College School of Social Work, a master’s degree in Gerontology from the California State University at Dominguez Hills, and a certificate in geriatric mental health counseling from the University of Southern California Davis School.

Dr. OBrien-Suric is a member of the Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee to the Veterans Health Administration; a member of the Ad Hoc Committee to Lead the NYS Prevention Agenda; a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a member of the Age-Friendly NYC Commission.