Dr. Michelle Panlilio is the National Lead Dementia Care Specialist (DCS) in the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care (ADC) Program, where she has been a DCS since 2013. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in nursing from Mount St. Mary's College and completed her Master's and Doctoral Degree from UCLA. Prior to joining the ADC Program, Dr. Panlilio worked in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Dermatology, and clinical research trials for Alzheimer's Disease.
While Dr. Panlilio continues to see patients in the Westwood and Santa Monica offices, she serves as the National Lead DCS for the dissemination efforts of the UCLA ADC Program funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation. She is also the Lead DCS for the Dementia Care Aware Initiative, which is a collaborative effort with the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and several University of California Healthcare systems, funded by grant developed in response to Senate Bill 48. Dementia Care Aware is aimed to provide Medi-Cal practitioners with training to improve detection, diagnosis, and management of patients with dementia in low-income populations.
In contribution to educational efforts by the clinicians in the ADC program, Dr. Panlilio serves as Lead DCS for UCLA geriatric physician fellows completing their dementia-focused training and as an Assistant Clinical Professor (volunteer) for Advanced Practice nursing students for the UCLA School of Nursing. She is currently in the process of developing training modules and videos for the Dementia Care Assistants (DCAs) in the ADC program, funded by a grant from the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation. Dr. Panlilio participates on several advisory boards within the UCLA Health System and has presented to national and international audiences.