Jeffrey Cummings MD

Director

Cleveland Clinic
Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

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Jeffrey L. Cummings, MD, ScD, is Director, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada and Cleveland, Ohio. He is the Camille and Larry Ruvo Chair of the Neurological Institute of Cleveland Clinic and Professor of Medicine (Neurology), Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Cummings is a world-renowned Alzheimer’s researcher and leader of clinical trials. He has been recognized for his research and leadership contributions in the field of Alzheimer’s disease through the Henderson Award of the American Geriatrics Society (2006), the Research Award of the John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (2008), and the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Award of the national Alzheimer’s Association (2008). In 2010, he was honored by the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry with their Distinguished Scientist Award. In 2011, he was awarded a Doctor of Science by his Alma mater, University of Wyoming. He was featured in the Gentleman’s Quarterly (June 2009) as a “Rockstar of Science.” 

Dr. Cummings is interested in clinical trials, developing new therapies for brain diseases, and the interface of neuroscience and society.

Dr. Cummings completed Neurology residency and a Fellowship in Behavioral Neurology at Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts. US training was followed by a Research Fellowship in Neuropathology and Neuropsychiatry at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queen Square, London, England. Dr. Cummings was formerly Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at UCLA, director of the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA, and director of the Deane F. Johnson Center for Neurotherapeutics at UCLA. He is past president of the Behavioral Neurology Society and of the American Neuropsychiatric Association. Dr. Cummings has authored or edited 39 books and published over 650 peer-reviewed papers.      


Professional Highlights

President - Behavioral Neurology Section, American Academy of Neurology (1994 - 1996)

Executive Director - American Neuropsychiatric Association (1996)

Education & Fellowships

  • Doctorate - University of Wyoming Laramie, WY USA
  • 2011 Fellowship - National Hospital for Nervous Diseases Neuropathology & Neuropsychiatry, London, United Kingdom
  • 1980 Fellowship - Boston University / Boston University Medical Center Behavioral Neurology, Boston, MA USA
  • 1979 Residency - Boston University / Boston University Medical Center Neurology, Boston, MA USA
  • 1978 Internship - Hartford Hospital Flexible, Hartford, CT USA
  • 1975 Medical School - University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA USA
  • 1974 Undergraduate - University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY USA

Certifications

Neurology

Specialty Interests

Alzheimer's disease and Dementia

Awards & Honors

  • Henderson Award of the American Geriatrics Society (2006)
  • Research Award of the John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (2008)
  • Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Award of the national Alzheimer’s Association (2008)
  • Legacy Award from the Ticki Wilkerson-Kassel Movement Therapy Foundation (2010)
  • American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry Distinguished Scientist Award (2010)
  • Honorary Doctor of Science by his Alma mater, University of Wyoming (2011)

Innovations & Patents

Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI)

Memberships

  • Member - American Neurological Association (1992 - present)
  • Member - American Academy of Neurology (1980 - present)
  • Member - International Psychogeriatric Association (2000 - present)
  • Member - American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2002 - present)
  • Member - American Society for Experimental Neurotherapeutics (2001 - present)