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Dr. Richard Isaacson is elected trustee of the McKnight Brain Research Foundation

Published: May 31st, 2016

Category: News

Richard S. Isaacson, MD, a clinical neurologist and distinguished medical educator was elected trustee of the McKnight Brain Research Foundation (MBRF) at its board meeting on April 27, 2016.  His three-year term of service is effective May 1, 2016.

A graduate of the accelerated 6-year B.A./M.D. program at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine, Dr. Isaacson completed his residency in Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, following his medical internship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, FL.

Dr. Isaacson currently serves as Director of the Neurology Residency Training Program and Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic, Weill Cornell Memory Disorders Program and Associate Professor of Neurology at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian. He previously served as Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology, Vice Chair of Education, and Education Director of the McKnight Brain Institute in the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine. Prior to joining UM, Dr. Isaacson served as Associate Medical Director of the Wien Center for Alzheimer’s disease and Memory Disorders at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Isaacson’s career in medical education spans undergraduate (student), graduate (resident/fellow), and continuing (faculty) medical education, as well as patient, caregiver and community education outreach.  He has chaired the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Undergraduate Education Subcommittee working group in dementia and received the AAN Education Research Grant for “Evaluating the effectiveness of Continuum: Dementia as a teaching tool for medical students” published in Neurology This grant was the first educational research study to evaluate surrogate markers of patient outcomes via a patient case simulation of memory loss.  He has also led a collaborative education and health information technology research initiative at Weill Cornell Medicine, Harvard, UM, U. Pennsylvania, and the U. Rochester which was published in Neurology.  Dr. Isaacson has developed another research initiative in AD in the area of patient and caregiver education conducted in physicians’ office waiting rooms on age-related memory loss, which was presented at the 2013 AAN Annual Meeting.

Dr. Isaacson is the author of two best-selling books geared for patients and caregivers, Alzheimer’s Treatment Alzheimer’s Prevention: A Patient & Family Guide (2012 Edition) and most recently, The Alzheimer’s Prevention & Treatment Diet.  He is the author of numerous publications, his research in neurology and medical education has been presented at scientific meetings nationally and internationally.  Dr. Isaacson is a past recipient of the AAN A.B. Baker Teacher Recognition Award (2009), and the 2013 Paff Award for Teaching, which is the highest teaching award for faculty at UM.  Dr. Isaacson is also a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

Dr. Isaacson’s clinical interest is mild cognitive impairment, risk reduction and treatment due to Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), cognitive decline and memory loss associated with the aging process and AD.  His research focuses on nutrition and the implementation and longitudinal assessment of dietary interventions for cognitive health and AD management.  Dr Isaacson passionately believes in a comprehensive, multi-modal approach toward both AD treatment and prevention and maintenance of cognitive health.

The purpose of the MBRF is to promote research and investigation of the brain in the fundamental mechanisms that underlie the neurobiology of memory with clinical relevance to the problems of cognitive decline and memory loss associated with the aging process. Dr. Isaacson’s background and experience as an expert clinician and an outstanding medical educator make him uniquely qualified to serve as trustee of the MBRF.

He will serve with the current trustees, Dr. J. Lee Dockery, Gainesville, FL; Dr. Michael L. Dockery, Charlotte, NC; Dr. Nina Ellenbogen Raim, Miami Beach, FL;, Dr. Gene Ryerson, Gainesville, FL; Dr. Madhav Thambisetty, Silver Spring, MD; Dr. Robert Wah, McLean, VA; and Melanie Cianciotto Corporate Trustee, Orlando, FL. in their role in promoting research of brain leading to the understanding and alleviation of cognitive decline and memory loss associated with the aging process.