Faculty and Presenter Biographies

Pre-Conference Workshop: Building Applied Skills in Dementia Care
Thursday, November 4, 2021 • Live Virtual Workshop

Susanee SeegerSusanne Seeger, MD
Presentation title: Diagnosis and Management of Dementia
Clinical Professor of Neurology
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Madison, Wisconsin

Dr. Seeger is a clinical professor in the UW–Madison Department of Neurology. Her clinical interests include headache, dementia and autoimmune encephalitis. She heads one of the WAI-affiliated Memory Clinics in the Neurology Department. In addition to her clinical activities, she has been a Longitudinal Teacher Coach (LTC) at the Medical School, working with medical students on case-based learning and clinical skills training.  Dr. Seeger is the Vice Chair for Clinical Operations and Quality Improvement in the Neurology department. She devotes additional time to peer review and quality improvement projects.

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Lisa Boyle, MD, MPH
Presentation title: Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia Management and Lessons Learned Post-COVID
Clinical Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin

Dr. Boyle is board certified in Geriatric Psychiatry, Consult-Liaison Psychiatry and General Psychiatry. She is a Clinical Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry here at the UW. She is the Program Director of our Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship and a geriatric psychiatrist at the VA since 2014. She graduated from the UW School of Medicine, and completed her residency at the University of Michigan and a combined Geriatric Psychiatry and HRSA Interdisciplinary Geriatrics fellowship at the University of Rochester. She is active on several committees of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. She is currently serving on the ABPN’s Geriatric Psychiatry Pilot Committee, along with the Central VA’s Geriatric Mental Health Field Advisory Committee. She lives in a multi-generational household raising her 8-year-old twins and is happy to be back home in Madison after several years away.

19th Annual Update in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
Friday, November 5, 2021 • Live Webinar

Dr Schindler portraitSuzanne E. Schindler, MD, PhD
Presentation title: Clinical use of Alzheimer Disease Biomarkers in Diagnosis of Dementia
Associate Professor of Neurology
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri

Dr. Suzanne Schindler is a clinical neurologist and neuroscientist who studies Alzheimer disease. She began learning about Alzheimer disease as an undergraduate through participation in several summer undergraduate research programs.  She entered the MD/PhD program at Washington University, where she completed her thesis in the laboratory of Dr. David Holtzman. Her primary interest was on brain metabolism of apolipoprotein E (apoE), a lipoprotein that modifies risk for Alzheimer disease. Dr. Schindler then underwent four years of training in clinical neurology at Washington University and completed a fellowship in dementia under the mentorship of Drs. John Morris and Marc Diamond. Dr. Schindler sees patients with memory concerns in a weekly clinic, coordinates lumbar punctures for patients seen in the memory clinic, and attends on the neurology consult service one month per year. She also performs detailed research assessments for the Knight Alzheimer Disease Research Center and is Co-Leader of the Fluid Biomarker Core.  She has been involved in multiple clinical trials, including the first prevention drug trial for Alzheimer disease. Dr. Schindler received a career development award from the National Institute on Aging to study cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers of Alzheimer disease. She recently received a large R01 to evaluate the relationship between plasma biomarkers and symptomatic Alzheimer disease. She is very interested in translating research findings into clinical practice.  Further, she has a particular focus on understanding and reducing disparities in healthcare.

dr Atri portraitAlireza Atri, MD, PhD
Presentation title:  Anti-Amyloid Therapies in Alzheimer’s Disease: Emerging Opportunities & Challenges for Clinical Care
Director, Banner Sun Health Research Institute, Banner Health, Sun City Arizona
Co-leader, Clinical and Biomarker Cores, Arizona Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
Lecturer on Neurology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Atri is an internationally renowned cognitive neurologist, neuroscientist, and Alzheimer’s disease and Related Dementias clinical researcher-educator. He is the Director of the Banner Sun Health Research Institute, Sun City, AZ, Co-leader of the Clinical and Biomarker Cores of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and serves on the faculty at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He specializes in diagnostic and experimental therapeutics/clinical trials, clinical best practices, and the care of persons with cognitive disorders, particularly individuals with early-stage conditions and young-onset AD/ADRD.

Dr. Atri holds advanced degrees from the University of CA, Los Angeles, University of CA, San Francisco and Harvard Medical School. He completed internship (medicine) and residency (neurology, Mass General-Brigham) at the Harvard Massachusetts General Hospital – Brigham and Women’s hospital programs; post-graduate training and clinical/research fellowships at MGH/HMS (Cognitive Neurology & Dementias), Boston University (Cognitive & Computational Neuroscience) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and served on the MGH faculty for 15 years. His work focuses on improving timely detection, risk stratification, biomarker integration, prognostication, experimental therapeutics, health policy, and clinical practices in AD/ADRD. Dr. Atri serves as co-chair of the U.S. Alzheimer’s Association national clinical practice guidelines workgroup on the evaluation of suspected cognitive-behavioral impairment and AD/ADRD, and as chair of the Alzheimer’s Disease International Medical Scientific Advisory Panel. He has delivered over 350-invited continuing education programs/symposia/lectures on cognitive aging and impairment, and AD/ADRD worldwide; presented over 250 papers at scientific conferences; and authored more than 80 medical and scientific papers. He is co-editor of Dementia: Comprehensive Principles and Practices, Oxford University Press, 2014.

Dr Boltz portraitMarie Boltz, PhD, GNP-BC, FAAN
Presentation title: Partnering with Families During Hospitalization of Persons with Dementia: Lessons Learned
Elouise Ross Eberly and Robert Eberly Endowed Chair
Professor at the Penn State Nese College of Nursing
University Park, Pennsylvania

Dr. Boltz is the Elouise Ross Eberly and Robert Eberly Endowed Chair, and professor at the Penn State Nese College of Nursing and associate director of the Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence. Dr. Boltz’s areas of research focus on dementia dyadic and triadic interventions that support functional recovery and caregiver coping/efficacy during hospitalization and post-acute periods, and non-pharmacological interventions for behavioral expressions of distress in persons with dementia. Her multiple research studies have been funded by the National institute on Aging, National Institute on Nursing Research, and multiple foundations. Her translational work includes the development and evaluation of tools and resources that support organizational readiness for evidence-based care across settings, and approaches to implementation that engage care recipients, families, clinicians, and administrators. A certified geriatric nurse practitioner, she has extensive clinical and administrative experience and serves as a quality-of-care consultant for government and regulatory agencies. Her scholarship has been recognized with writing awards, teaching awards, and research awards, including the Eastern Nursing Research Society Geriatric Practice Research Award, and the Gerontological Society of America Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award.

 19th Annual Update in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
WAI-Affiliated Dementia Diagnostic Clinic Network Fall Meeting
Friday, November 5, 2021 • Live Virtual Meeting

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Cynthia Carlsson, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology
Louis A. Holland, Sr., Professor in Alzheimer’s Disease and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor
Director, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute
Clinical Core Leader, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Madison, WI

Dr. Carlsson is Director of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute. She is a geriatrician at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, where she treats veterans with dementia and memory issues. Dr. Carlsson is a faculty member of the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology within the Department of Medicine and a Louis A. Holland, Sr., Endowed Professor in Alzheimer’s Disease. She serves as the Clinical Core leader and a co-leader for the Biomarker Core in the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center; and she is a recipient of a University of Wisconsin Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorship. Dr. Carlsson is a member of the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging (NIH/NIA) Alzheimer’s Disease Centers Clinical Core Steering Committee and Clinical Task Force, and chairs several NIH/NIA research review committees.