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Howard Rosen, MD

Professor of Neurology
Imaging is a powerful tool for understanding what's happening in the brain. As our methods improve, we will rely more and more on this technology.
Dr. Rosen sees patients in the clinic, trains new doctors and conducts research.

Dr. Rosen received his MD from Boston University School of Medicine, trained in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and subsequently completed a neurology residency at UCSF. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Neurology. After residency, Dr. Rosen pursued fellowship training in brain imaging at the Washington University School of Medicine and then returned to UCSF to join the team at the Memory and Aging Center in 1999.

Dr. Rosen participates in the evaluation of new patients in the MAC clinic as well as the continued management of care for some of these individuals in the continuity clinic. As part of the MAC and the UCSF Department of Neurology, he participates in the training of medical students, residents and fellows. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Rosen maintains an active research program.

His primary area of interest is in the organization of the emotional systems in the brain and how these systems are affected in different forms of dementia. His research combines methods of assessing emotional function in the brain with brain imaging in both patients and cognitively normal individuals.