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Gary Small MD

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  • Alzheimer's Disease, Memory, and Aging

  • My research, supported by the National Institute of Health, has made headlines in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. I am a New York Times Best-Selling Author on memory conditions. I am director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior.

  • Alzheimer's, Depression, Aging

  • Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA


  • I am interested in several topics, including biomarkers of aging and dementia, the impact of new technology on the brain and behavior, and early detection and prevention of Alzheimer's disease. Scientific American magazine named me one of the world's leading innovators in science and technology.

  • Anyone with questions about Alzheimer's disease, the effect of technology on the brain and behavior, memory complaints, or aging-related concerns.

  • Psychiatry

  • Academic

  • I am Director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior. I am also Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at UCLA. In addition, I write books and lecture.

  • Distinguished Psychiatrist Lecture, America Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, 2013. American Psychological Association, Division 12 Blue Ribbon Award for Annual Meeting Abstract: Memory improves with extended use of computerized brain fitness program among older adults, 2012. AARPs Best Books Guide: The Memory Bible by Gary Small 2011. Janet L. Witkin Outstanding Humanitarian Award, Alternative Living for the Aging (ALA) Foundation, 2011. Distinguished Editorial Panel, National Institutes of Health. 2010. Top 100 Investigators in Alzheimers Disease Research (Sorenson AA. Alzheimers disease research: Scientific productivity and impact of the top 100 investigators in the field. J Alzheim Dis. 2009;16:451-465)2009. Research Award in Geriatric Psychiatry. American College of Psychiatrists 2008. Fellow, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology2007-presentFinalist, Judith Braun Excellence in Research Award, National Gerontological Nurses Association2007Lurie Lectureship, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine2007Readers Digest magazine Americas 100 Best for Brain Games. Handheld game created with Radica Games and Mattel. 2007. United States Congress Briefing on Alzheimers Disease: Early Detection and Intervention. Washington, DC.2007. Gallery Exhibition on Plaque and Tangle Brain Imaging. Science Museum. London, England.2007. 100 Most Influential Angelenos. Los Angeles Magazine.2006. Finalist, Wellness Category, Books for a Better Life Award, for The Memory Prescription 2005. Brandeis University National Womens Committee Library Award, 2005. Listed in Guide to Americas Top Psychiatrists, Consumers Research Council of America 2004-present. Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, 2003-present. Research Leader in Medical Diagnostics, Scientific American 50, Scientific American Magazine, 2002. David H. Solomon Lectureship and Award, 2002. Southern California Psychiatric Society Outstanding Achievement Award, 2002. Listed in Whos Who in the World, 2002-present. Listed in Whos Who in Medicine and Healthcare, 2002-present. Listed in Americas Top Doctors (top 4,000 specialists practicing in the U.S.), 2001-present. Image of the Year Award, Society of Nuclear Medicine, In vivo and in vitro labeling of plaques and tangles in the brain of an Alzheimers disease patient: A case study.2001. Visiting Professor, Washington University School of Medicine Alzheimers Disease Center. St. Louis, MO, 2001. Whos Who in America, 2001-present. Senior Investigator Award, American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, 2000. American Psychiatric Association Jack Weinberg Memorial Award for Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry, 2000. Fellow, Gerontological Society of America1999-present. Member, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology1999-present. Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging, UCLA School of Medicine, 1998-present. Visiting Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh,1998, 2000. Jake Tobolowsky Visiting Professorship, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School,1998. Trustee, National Health Foundation1997-2007. Listed in Who are the Best 2,000 Doctors in North America, 1997-present. Fellow, West Coast College of Biological Psychiatry, 1996-present. Listed in Best Doctors in America: Pacific Region, 1996-present. Listed in The Essential Guide to L.A.s Best Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine1996. Annual Research Award, Los Angeles Alzheimer's Association, 1995. Visiting Professor, University of Hawaii School of Medicine1994, 96, 2005. Listed in Best Doctors in America1993-present. International Psychogeriatric Association Research Award 1993. Fellow, American Psychiatric Association1992-present. Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society1987-present. Distinguished Visiting Professor, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas1985. Edwin Dunlop Research Award, Harvard Medical School1981. Alpha Omega Alpha, USC School of Medicine1977. Summa Cum Laude, UCLA1973., Phi Beta Kappa, UCLA1973. Departmental Honors in Biology, UCLA1973. Associated Western Universities Research Traineeship, UCLA1972

Education Details

  • Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California

  • Resident in Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. 1978-81

  • Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. 1978-81; Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowhship, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 1981-83

Personal Details

  • I enjoy writing and traveling in my free time.

  • English


    • Alzheimerslike memory loss
    • Loss of memory
    • Memory loss
    • Acute Alzheimerslike memory loss
    • Intermittent Alzheimerslike memory loss
    • Memory problems
    • Memory symptoms
    • Alzheimers Disease (SDAT, Senile Disease of Alzheimers Type)
    • Early Onset Alzheimers
    • Senility (Dementia)
    • Depression
    • cholinesterase inhibitors
    • Aricept (Donepezil Hydrochloride)
    • Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Brain