Keith Vossel, MD

Keith Vossel, MD

Memory and Cognitive Disorders Neurology| Neurology
Accepting new patients
Primary Location
Westwood Neurology
300 Medical Plaza
Suite B200
Los Angeles, California 90095
Phone
Fax
310-794-7491

About

Dr. Keith Vossel is the Michael M. Minchin, Jr., President, J.D. French Alzheimer’s Foundation Endowed Chair, Director of the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Care, Professor of Neurology, and Director of the Katherine and Benjamin Kagan Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment Development Program in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He leads a comprehensive Center incorporating outreach and engagement to diverse communities, electronic health records, social determinants of health, neuroimaging, neurophysiology, genetics, preclinical and clinical trials, and clinical care to develop new therapies for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and achieve equity in recognition and care of dementia. Dr. Vossel received a master’s degree in biomedical engineering and medical degree with highest honors from the University of Tennessee. He completed neurology residency at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he served as a chief resident. Dr. Vossel completed fellowship training in behavioral neurology and dementia research at the University of California, San Francisco and Gladstone Institutes. Dr. Vossel investigates Alzheimer's disease and related dementias with a focus on brain rhythm abnormalities and translational therapies. Key discoveries include the presence of silent epileptic activity, occurring during sleep and accelerating cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease, effects of amyloid-β and tau deposition on brain rhythms and related cognitive impairments in Alzheimer’s disease, and novel pathological functions of tau in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies. Dr. Vossel led a phase 2a clinical trial showing that low doses of an antiseizure drug can improve memory and problem solving in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and detectable epileptic activity. Dr. Vossel is broadening these studies in Greater Los Angeles and incorporating them into the expanded activities of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in the UCLA Easton Center. The Center has begun an intensive effort to improve recognition of dementia in primary care, including brain health screening tools in the electronic health records, and to improve diversity of patient referrals to Memory Clinic and clinical trials. The Center focuses on health equity, diversity, and inclusion and acknowledges the structural determinants of health and social inequities, and the impact they have on brain health, Alzheimer’s risk, prevalence, and longevity post-diagnosis. Dr. Vossel has written Op-Eds for the Los Angeles Times and has been featured in numerous national and international media outlets including CNN, NPR, The Washington Post, Financial Times, USA Today, STAT, Boston Globe, Daily Mail, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, FOX 11 LA, CBS 2 and KCAL News, KNBC-LA and NBC Channel 4 News, KNX News Radio in LA, Doctor Radio on Sirius XM Radio, and Spectrum News 1 SoCal. Dr. Vossel has received the John Douglas French Alzheimer's Distinguished Research Scholar Award, a Part the Cloud Translational Research Award from the Alzheimer's Association, the Bernese Epilepsy Award from the University of Bern, Switzerland, and the Outstanding Health Care Innovator Award from the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Languages

English

Education

Medical Board Certification

Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2008

Fellowship

Behavioral Neurology, UCSF Memory and Aging Center, Department of Neurology, 2009

Residency

Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, 2007

Internship

Internal Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 2004

Degree

MD, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, 2003

Recognitions

  • Outstanding Health Care Innovator, Los Angeles Business Journal
  • Bernese Epilepsy Award
  • Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research
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Locations

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Areas of Focus

Behavioral disorders
Lewy body dementia
Frontotemporal neurocognitive disorder
Epilepsy
Alzheimer's disease

Research

Interests

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Tau
  • Amyloid-beta
  • Dementia with Lewy bodies
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • EEG
  • MEG
  • Epilepsy
  • Transient epileptic amnesia

Link to Dr. Vossel's Lab website >
Link to Dr. Vossel's Pubmed publications >

In the News

  • Listen to Dr. Vossel’s exclusive interview with KNX News Radio, aired on July 6, 2023, about the FDA’s full approval of the first-in-class Alzheimer’s drug, Lecanemab, for people with early Alzheimer’s; studies showed it to slow progression in cognitive decline. Click here to listen
  • Dr. Vossel was interviewed by CNN about a new study showing potential benefit of multivitamins for cognition in older adults. Read article here
  • Listen to the Podcast of Dr. Keith Vossel's interview with Kevin McCullough, New York's "Radio Night Live" AM970, on July 13, 2022, discussing the causes and risk factors of Alzheimer's disease and the work of the Easton Center in conducting clinical trials and research to find treatments. Click here to listen: Part 1Part 2Part 3

Recognitions

  • Outstanding Health Care Innovator, Los Angeles Business Journal
  • Bernese Epilepsy Award
  • Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research
  • John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Foundation Distinguished Research Scholar Award
  • Alzheimer’s Association Award for Excellence in Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders