The Stead Family Memory Center at Banner Alzheimer's Institute offers comprehensive consultations for individuals experiencing memory problems. Our team of expert clinicians provides diagnosis, treatment and disease management recommendations for patients, their families and referring physicians.
Pierre N. Tariot,
Director, Banner Alzheimer's Institute
Dr. Tariot is director of the Banner Alzheimer's Institute and a board-certified physician in internal medicine and geriatric psychiatry. After intensive training in developing new treatments for Alzheimer's disease at the National Institutes of Health, he spent 20 years as a professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, where he directed a program dedicated to the care and study of people with Alzheimer's. He has devoted his career to helping patients and families cope with the effects of dementia and is a recognized leader in the development of new Alzheimer's treatments. He has published hundreds of scientific articles, is a widely sought-after speaker and consultant, and has won numerous awards for his service and research.
William Burke, MD
Stead Family Memory Center
Dr. William Burke is the Director of the Stead Family Memory Center and a board-certified physician in geriatric psychiatry. Dr. Burke received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE where he also completed an internship in Internal Medicine. He performed his residency in Psychiatry at Barnes Hospital and Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, MO. He received additional post-graduate training at the Alzheimer Disease Research Center at Washington University while also studying psychiatric epidemiology.
Dr. Burke spent more than 25 years at the University of Nebraska Medical Center where he was the Anna O. Stake Professor of Psychiatry, the Vice-Chair for Research and Director of the Psychopharmacology Research Center at UNMC. His research interests have focused on evaluation of potential new treatments for Alzheimer disease, delirium and depression with a particular interest in disease prevention. He has published widely including scientific articles, book chapters and abstracts. Dr. Burke has been repeatedly cited as a Castle Connolly/U.S. News "Top Doctor" and in "Best Doctors in America".
Dr. Burke is a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist and specialist in dementia care at Banner Alzheimer's Institute. She completed an internal medicine internship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and residency training in general adult psychiatry at the Institute of Living in Hartford, Conn. Dr Burke went on to complete a prestigious fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at Harvard Medical School/ McLean Hospital. She has worked extensively with patients and families suffering from Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Her areas of expertise include the diagnosis and treatment of dementia as well as treatment of associated behavioral and psychiatric disturbances.
Allison Perrin, MD
Geriatric Medicine Physician
Perrin, a physician specializing in geriatric medicine, provides excellent care for patients at the Stead Family Memory Center. Perrin completed her geriatric fellowship at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, and is a member of The Governor's Advisory Council on Aging. She has published several articles and given lectures on geriatric medicine.
David Weidman, MD
Physician Dementia Specialist
Dr. Weidman is a board-certified neurologist and dementia specialist at Banner Alzheimer's Institute. His professional history includes neurology practice with a special interest in dementias. Dr. Weidman served as a research director at NNS Clinical Research. He conducted his internship and residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA and fellowship at West Virginia Medical Center in Morgantown, WV. His focus is in the care of patients with Alzheimer's disease and in the development of new treatments.
Adam S. Fleisher, MD,
Geriatric Neurologist, Dementia Specialist
Dr. Fleisher is a geriatric neurologist and an expert in the field of brain imaging to detect and study the earliest evidence of the pathology of Alzheimer's in the brain. He received his general neurology training at Johns Hopkins Hospital before completing a clinical and research dementia fellowship and master's degree in clinical research at the University of California, San Diego. He is well published in the fields of dementia clinical trials and imaging.
Garrett Riggs, PhD, MD
With more than 15 years of practice and research experience, Dr. Riggs provides consultations and evaluations, including laboratory tests, brain imaging and other related tests, for patients with cognitive concerns. He is also involved in clinical research trials. Dr. Riggs has previously served as staff neurologist in the Brain & Spine Tumor Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando and as Associate Professor of Neurology and Medical Education at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. He is also a consultant for the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Brand is a physician assistant at Banner Alzheimer's Institute and a former physical therapist specializing in caring for the elderly. Her professional interests center on education and counseling related to understanding and living with dementia. Her work focuses on the effects of dementia on a person's ability to function daily as well as the disease's impact on the families of those affected.
Susy Favaro, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
Favaro is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive experience helping older adults and their family caregivers access evidence-based programs that promote self-management for chronic conditions. As a result, she helps patients and families identify the resources to live as independently as possible while still meeting the varied demands that come with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. In addition, she facilitates a variety of support groups at Banner Alzheimer's Institute for patients and their loved ones.
Mary Lou Hernandez,
Clinical Social Worker
Hernandez is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in the care of older adults. Her expertise centers on helping families and patients find and access health care and community resources to ensure they can live and function successfully in society. At Banner Alzheimer's Institute, she works closely with her colleagues to meet the physical, social and emotional needs of Alzheimer's disease patients and their families.
Geri Hall, PhD, ARNP, GCNS-BC, FAAN
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Geri Hall, an internationally-recognized advanced practice nurse who holds a nursing doctorate, is widely respected for her research in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. She developed the Progressively Lowered Stress Threshold Model, a framework for planning care of dementia patients and measuring outcomes by studying the presence or absence of behavior symptoms such as agitation and depression. The model is widely by used by professionals in the United States, Australia and South Korea.
James Seward, PhD,
Dr. Seward is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist who has worked extensively with people diagnosed with a variety of neurological conditions, including dementia-related problems and strokes. He has authored and presented papers related to Alzheimer's disease and other dementia related conditions.
Michele Grigaitis, DNP, FNP-BC, CNRN
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Michele Grigatis has a doctorate in nursing practice and is certified family nurse practitioner. She has been involved in research on delirium and has been widely published in neurological publications.