Director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada, Cleveland, Ohio, and Westin, Florida
Dr. Cummings is Director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada, Cleveland, Ohio, and Westin, Florida. He is the Andrea and Joseph Hahn Chair of Neurotherapeutics of the Neurological Institute of Cleveland Clinic. The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is a clinical care, translational research, and clinical trials enterprise specializing in care of patients with neurocognitive deficits and development of new therapies for neurodegenerative disorders. Dr. Cummings‘ research and leadership contributions in the field of Alzheimer’s disease have been recognized 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 received the Legacy Award from the Ticki Wilkerson-Kassel Movement Therapy Foundation and was honored by the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry with their Distinguished Scientist Award. Dr. Cummings was featured in the Gentleman’s Quarterly (June 2009), Vogue (September 2009) and Vanity Fair (September 2009) as a “Rockstar of Science.”
Dr. Cummings is the author of the Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI) which has become the most commonly used tool for characterizing behavioral disturbances in dementia syndromes and for measuring the effect of antidementia therapies on neuropsychiatric symptoms in Alzheimer‘s disease and other dementias. Dr. Cummings is an experienced clinical trialist with expertise in clinical trial design and analysis, global trial implementation, and trial outcome measures. He is a member of the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study and of the oversight committee of the NINDS Neuroprotection in Parkinson’s Disease program.
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 30 books and published nearly 600 peer-reviewed papers.
Current titles include:
Director, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Andrea and Joseph Hahn Chair of Neurotherapeutics
Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute
Las Vegas, Nevada; Cleveland, Ohio; Westin, Florida