Richard S. Isaacson, M.D.
As an Alzheimer’s specialist with several family members with the disease, my clinical practice and research is focused on providing the latest evidence-based and comprehensive management options for treatment, as well as to reduce risk.
Most people are unaware that Alzheimer’s disease (AD) begins in the brain up to 20-30 years before the first symptom of memory loss. Therefore, there is ample time for people to make brain-healthy lifestyle and dietary choices for this “pre-clinical,” or “pre-symptomatic,” stage of AD, in an effort to delay the onset of AD.
Richard S. Isaacson, M.D. currently serves as Director of the Neurology Residency Training Program and Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic, Weill Cornell Memory Disorders Program at Weill Cornell Medical College/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. 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. He completed his residency in Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, and his medical internship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, FL. Prior to joining UM, he served as Associate Medical Director of the Wien Center for Alzheimer’s disease and Memory Disorders at Mount Sinai.
A graduate of the accelerated 6-year B.A./M.D. program at the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine, Dr. Isaacson now specializes exclusively in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) risk reduction and treatment, mild cognitive impairment due to AD and pre-clinical AD. His AD research focuses on nutrition and the implementation and longitudinal assessment of dietary interventions for AD management. Dr. Isaacson has a family history of AD, including his Uncle Bob (diagnosed while he was in high school) and his Dad’s Cousin (diagnosed six years ago) and passionately believes in a comprehensive, multi-modal approach toward both AD treatment and prevention. He 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 Diet: A Step-by-Step Nutritional Approach for Memory Loss Prevention & Treatment.
Dr. Isaacson’s career in 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 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 was the first education research study to evaluate surrogate markers of patient outcomes via a patient case simulation of memory loss. He most recently led a collaborative education and health information technology research initiative at Weill Cornell, Harvard, UM, U. Pennsylvania, U. Rochester published in Neurology in 2013, and another education research initiative in AD in the area of patient and caregiver education, which was presented at the 2013 AAN Annual Meeting. He is the author of numerous publications, his research in neurology and medical education has been presented at scientific meetings nationally and internationally, was awarded the 2009 AAN A.B. Baker Teacher Recognition Award, and the 2013 Paff Award for Teaching, which is the highest teaching award for faculty at UM. He is also a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.