Physician and Clinical Investigator
Fitness Research Institute
Medical training in California after Medical Biophysics start at the University of California, Berkeley. Working for Neurologist Robert I. Pfeffer in Southern California, we found a significant number of nursing home residents misdiagnosed as having Alzheimer's Dementia (AD) with cognitive impairment due to pharmaceuticals - especially antidepressant class medications. The last 30 years has seen only limited success in stabilizing AD via FDA-approved Cholinesterase inhibitors and Memantine, with hopes that the first pertinent monoclonal antibody (Aducanumab) will be approved in 2021. This limited progress and motivated me to focus on preventive measures in an effort to limit the overwhelming number of future cases.
I joined the Alzheimer Disease Task Force in 2017 after meeting with Mark Hirsch at an ACRM conference in Atlanta Georgia, who introduced me to a team of refreshing and frankly loving, like-minded investigator providers working passionately to make a difference. As a non-academician, my hope to provide some ideas based on my clinical immersion at the front line studying lifestyle factors likely involved in brain health.
My board-certifications include pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain medicine, and addiction medicine - the later now under the auspices of the American Board of Preventive medicine. I specialize in nutrition, exercise, and improving sleep quality.
I am married to the an inspiring humanities teacher going on 37 years, live and work near Omaha, Nebraska, where I am caretaker and guardian for a violin, viola, piano, and over 200 trees on a small ranch. I am privileged to enjoy association with physician colleagues representing 7 different local health care systems.
Sunday, September 26, 2021
2:10 PM – 3:25 PM ET