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Gary W. Small, MD

Professor of Psychiatry; Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); Director, UCLA Longevity Center Stewart & Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Los Angeles, California

In addition to his role as Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Longevity Center, Dr. Gary Small has led a research team that focuses on the early detection and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline.  His group developed the first brain scanning method to detect the physical evidence of Alzheimer's disease—amyloid plaques and tau tangles—in living patients.  His studies have led to expanded Medicare coverage for brain PET scanning to assist in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.  Dr. Small also has studied and developed healthy lifestyle and memory training programs for improving cognition and promoting healthy aging, which UCLA has licensed to senior centers, community hospitals, and assisted living facilities throughout the United States.

Dr. Small was a phi beta kappa, summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and earned his medical degree (alpha omega alpha) at the University of Southern California.  He completed a psychiatry residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a clinical fellowship at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Small then completed a geriatric psychiatry fellowship at UCLA. 

Dr. Small has authored over 400 scientific works and seven popular books that have been translated into two dozen languages.  He has received numerous awards and honors, including the American College of Psychiatrists Research Award in Geriatric Psychiatry and the Weinberg Award for Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association.  He also is President-Elect of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.  Scientific American magazine named him one of the world’s top 50 innovators in science and technology.  His work has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time, and Newsweek and he often appears on The Today Show, CNN, PBS and network news to describe the latest research on brain health and aging.  He has authored six books, including the New York Times best-seller, "The Memory Bible."