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Gary Small, M.D.

Gary Small, M.D.

Gary Small, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and the Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director of the UCLA Longevity Center, and Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Division at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior. Dr. Small’s team has developed brain imaging technologies that detect the first signs of brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease years before patients show symptoms, which has led to expanded Medicare coverage for brain PET scanning. In addition to testing medicines that might delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, Dr. Small has studied and developed lifestyle and memory training programs for improving cognition and healthy aging, which are available throughout senior centers, community hospitals, and assisted living facilities.

Dr. Small was a phi beta kappa, summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and earned his medical degree (alpha omega alpha) at theUniversity of Southern California. After an internal medicine internship at Children’s Hospital and Adult Medical Center in San Francisco, 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 500 scientific works and received numerous awards and honors, including Senior Investigator Award, American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, and the Weinberg Award for Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association.  Scientific American magazine named him one of the world’s top innovators in science and technology. He is co-author (with Gigi Vorgan) of several popular books, including the New York Times best seller The Memory Bible as well as The Memory Prescription, The Longevity Bible, iBrain, and The Other Side of the Couch (Los Angeles Times best seller)

Dr. Small’s discoveries have made the headlines of The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, and he frequently appears on the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, PBS, and CNN.  His newest book, The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program, shares the latest scientific evidence on Alzheimer’s prevention and a daily lifestyle strategy designed to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms so people can keep their brains healthy through the rest of their lives.