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Cognitive Disorders

The Vanderbilt Cognitive Disorders Program treats problems with memory, reasoning and orientation. If you or a family member is experiencing these symptoms, it might be due to a cognitive disorder. We’ll identify the problem and create a treatment plan to address it with you and your family.

Cognitive Disorders Appointments

Geriatrics

  • Call if over age 75 or age 65-75 and take four or more medications. Our geriatricians are primary care doctors with additional training in conditions common among older adults. 

Neurology

  • Our neurologists are trained in nervous system disorders, including issues with the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. 

For appointments related to frontotemporal dementia (FTD), multi-systems atrophy (MSA) and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), request an appointment online: 

Conditions We Treat

We treat all conditions related to cognitive disorders, including:

Meet Your Care Team

Lealani Mae Y. Acosta
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4.8

Lealani Mae Y. AcostaMD, MPH

    Alzheimer's Disease, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Dementia, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Neurology, Neurosciences, Primary Progressive Aphasia
Daniel O. Claassen
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4.9

Daniel O. ClaassenMD

    Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Neurology, Neurosciences
Ryan Darby
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4.8

Ryan DarbyIII, MD

    Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Neurology, Neurosciences
Howard S. Kirshner
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4.7

Howard S. KirshnerMD

    Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Neurology, Neurosciences, Stroke and Cerebrovascular, Vascular Neurology
Katherine E. Mcdonell
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4.9

Katherine E. McdonellMD

    Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Neurology, Neurosciences
Aaron McMurtray

Aaron McMurtrayMD, PhD

    Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Neurology, Neurosciences, Primary Progressive Aphasia
Ciaran M. Considine

Ciaran M. ConsidinePhD

    Clinical Neuropsychologist, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Neurology, Neuropsychology, Neurosciences
Laura Brown Coulam

Laura Brown CoulamPhD

    Alzheimer's Disease, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Dementia, Neuropsychology, Neurosciences, Stroke and Cerebrovascular
Kaltra Dhima
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4.9

Kaltra DhimaPhD

    Clinical Neuropsychologist, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Neuropsychology, Neurosciences
Katherine Gifford
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4.9

Katherine GiffordPsy.D.

    Clinical Neuropsychologist, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, General Neurology, Neurosciences, Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine
Douglas P. Terry

Douglas P. TerryPhD

    Clinical Neuropsychologist, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Neuropsychology, Neurosciences
Holly K. Westervelt

Holly K. WesterveltPhD

    Alzheimer's Disease, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Dementia, Neuroimmunology and Multiple Sclerosis, Neurosciences
Harry E. Gwirtsman
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4.7

Harry E. GwirtsmanMD

    Adult Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Disease, Psychiatry
Paul A. Newhouse

Paul A. NewhouseMD

    Alzheimer's Disease, Psychiatry
William M. Petrie
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4.8

William M. PetrieMD, BA

    Alzheimer's Disease, Depression, Psychiatry
Anne Gifford

Anne GiffordMD

    Geriatric Medicine, Primary Care
Raymond R. Romano
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4.9

Raymond R. RomanoIII, MPH, MSN, PhD, RN, FNP

    Neurology
Amy E. Wynn

Amy E. WynnFNP

    Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Movement Disorders, Neurology, Neurosciences

Why Choose Cognitive Disorders Care at Vanderbilt

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    Experienced doctors

    Our doctors are board certified in neurology, and our neuropsychologists are board certified in neuropsychology. They are active in cognitive disorder research. You can be confident in their knowledge of the latest treatments and therapies.

  • conference, Team approach, people, staff, partners
    Team approach

    We bring together many specialists to cover all aspects of your condition, from physical to psychological needs. Our cognitive disorders team includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, geriatricians, geripsyschiatrists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and nutritionists.

  • goal, specialized, individualized, customized, Personalized care
    Personalized care

    We tailor your treatment plan to meet your unique needs and health goals. We help you navigate your treatment options to ensure that you receive the best possible care.

  • medical research, flask, Innovative techniques
    Innovative research and treatment options

    Our doctors are actively involved in ongoing cognitive disorders research, including studies related to Alzheimer’s disease, progressive supranuclear palsy and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). These research efforts play a critical role in our commitment to finding more effective treatments for all types of cognitive disorders.

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    Online health portal

    We want to make your experience as seamless and stress-free as possible. You can use our secure online portal, My Health at Vanderbilt, to contact your care team 24/7, schedule appointments, manage medications and access your medical records.

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

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    Genetic counseling
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    Medication
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    Neuropsychological evaluation
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    Occupational therapy
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    Physical therapy
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    Social work support
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    Speech and language pathology

Locations

1301 Medical Center Drive, Suite 3930
Nashville, TN 37232
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Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks
719 Thompson Lane, Suite 24100
Nashville, TN 37204
2220 Pierce Avenue, Suite B1053
Nashville, TN 37232
1500 21st Avenue South, The Village at Vanderbilt, Suite 1506
Nashville, TN 37212

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