Neurology

Marian Tse

Research Coordinator
Neurology

Marian Tse joined the Memory and Aging Center in 2006 as a clinical research coordinator. Her primary role is administering cognitive tests to Chinese patients at different outreach sites and in the MAC clinic. Prior to joining the MAC, she worked for various research labs at UCSF.

In her free time, Marian enjoys hiking, cooking and singing.

謝譚敏兒
臨床實驗研究員

謝女士於二零零六年加入記憶力研究及治療中心,擔任臨床實驗研究員一職 。其主要職責是替華裔病人作記憶力測試;並將評估結果呈交本中心之神經專科医生作綜合評估病症之用 。與此同時,她更負責為病人、家屬或看顧者作即時傳譯,使我們的專科医生能對病人之病徵作深入了解。她是本中心與各外展診所 及病人之聯絡橋樑。工餘之時,謝女士喜歡遠足,烹飪及唱歌。

Joanna Hellmuth, MD, MHS

Behavioral Neurology Fellow
Neurology

Joanna Hellmuth, MD, MHS, joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in July 2014 as a behavioral neurology fellow. She provides care to patients with various neurodegenerative disorders and collaborates in the evaluation of patients for the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) and frontotemporal dementia program project grant.

Michael Geschwind, MD, PhD

Professor
Neurology

Dr. Geschwind received his MD and PhD degrees in neuroscience through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He completed his internship in internal medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center, his neurology residency at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore and his fellowship in behavioral neurology at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC).

Fanny Elahi, MD, PhD

Behavioral Neurology Fellow
Neurology

Dr. Elahi is a clinical fellow in behavioral neurology.

Dena Dubal, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Neurology

The goal of our research is to investigate mechanisms of longevity, resilience and neurodegenerative disease. Broadly we investigate how aging pathways can confer resilience to a brain and counter neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Using genetic mouse models, cell culture methods, and study of human populations using cutting-edge techniques, we study whether longevity-derived mechanisms can pave a path toward development of urgently needed therapies in aging and disease.

Christa Watson, PsyD

Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellow
Neurology

Dr. Watson graduated from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology-Stanford PsyD Consortium in 2014. She has a background in psychology, developmental biology, neuroimaging and neuropsychology. Her research interests include brain development across the lifespan. She is currently working on a pediatric HIV brain imaging study with Dr. Victor Valcour. 

When she is not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors, watching movies, playing soccer, and listening to jazz.

Anna Karydas

Biospecimen/Genetics Programs Manager
Neurology

Anna Karydas is the Biospecimen/Genetics Programs Manager at the Memory and Aging Center. She serves as the primary subject expert for the acquisition, characterization and management of biological materials. Anna works directly with the clinical staff, including nurses and genetic counselors, to ensure accurate and efficient collection, delivery and reconciliation of biologic materials.

Monroe Butler, MD, PhD

Behavioral Neurology Fellow
Neurology

Dr. Monroe Butler trained in Boston where he completed graduate studies in philosophy and ethics prior to completing his medical and doctorate degrees. His dissertation research explored non-motor features of Parkinson’s disease. He joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2016 as a behavioral neurology fellow with an interest in studying the neuroscience of valuation and decision-making.

Dana Mcdermott, DO

Behavioral Neurology Fellow
Neurology

Dr. Dana McDermott is a behavioral neurology fellow at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. Prior to joining the MAC in July 2016, she completed her medical education at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, and her medicine internship and neurology residency training at the University of California, Irvine, where she served as a Chief Resident and studied the prevalence of parkinsonism in the oldest old with Claudia Kawas, MD. Currently, she participates in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with a variety of cognitive disorders in the clinic and through research.

Jalayne Arias, JD

Assistant Professor
Atlantic Fellow at GBHI
Neurology

Jalayne Arias received her undergraduate degree in international studies with a political science emphasis from Pepperdine University, her law degree from Arizona State University and her master’s degree in bioethics from Case Western Reserve University. After completing a Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics at the Cleveland Clinic, she joined the Department of Bioethics as Associate Professional Staff and served as the Associate Director of the NeuroEthics Program at the Cleveland Clinic.

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