Geoffrey L Ahern, MD, PhD

Director of the Behavioral Neuroscience and Alzheimer’s Clinic
Bruce and Lorraine Cumming Endowed Chair in Alzheimer’s Research


Department of Neurology
University of Arizona
1501 N Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85724-5023
Patient Appointments: 
(520) 694-8888

Dr. Ahern is a Professor of Neurology, Psychology, Psychiatry, and the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute. He holds the Bruce and Lorraine Cumming Endowed Chair in Alzheimer’s Research. He is also the Director of the Behavioral Neuroscience and Alzheimer’s Clinic. Among Dr. Ahern’s clinical and research interests are Behavioral Neurology, Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias, Wada Test, Paraneoplastic Syndromes, Cerebral Lateralization for Emotional Processes, Quantitative EEG, and Psychophysiology. 

Dr. Ahern is certified in: 

  • Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry by the United Council for Neurological Subspecialties


MD: Yale University, New Haven, CT
PhD: Yale University, New Haven, CT
Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury, CT
Behavioral Neurology - Beth Israel Hospital / Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Selected Publications

  • Caselli RJ, Dueck AC, Locke DEC, Sabbagh MN, Ahern GL, Rapcsak SZ, Baxter LC, Yaari R, Woodruff BK, Hoffman-Snyder C, Rademakers R, Findley S, Reiman EM. Cerebrovascular risk factors and preclinical memory decline in healthy APOE ε4 homozygotes. Neurology. 2011;76:1078–1084.
  • Caselli RJ, Dueck AC, Osborne D, Sabbagh MN, Connor DJ, Ahern GL, Baxter LC, Rapcsak SZ, Shi J, Woodruff BK, Locke DEC, Snyder CH, Alexander GE, Rademakers R, Reiman EM. Longitudinal modeling of age-related memory decline and the APOE epsilon4 effect. N. Engl. J. Med. 2009;361:255–263.
  • Thayer JF, Sollers JJ, Labiner DM, Weinand M, Herring AM, Lane RD, Ahern GL. Age-related differences in prefrontal control of heart rate in humans: a pharmacological blockade study. Int. J. Psychophysiol. Off. J. Int. Organ. Psychophysiol. 2009;72:81–88.
  • Lane RD, McRae K, Reiman EM, Chen K, Ahern GL, Thayer JF. Neural correlates of heart rate variability during emotion. NeuroImage. 2009;44:213–222.
  • Weinand ME, Farley C, Hussain N, Labiner DM, Ahern GL. Time from ictal subdural EEG seizure onset to clinical seizure onset: an electrocorticographic time factor associated with temporal lobe epileptogenicity. Neurol. Res. 2007;29:862–870.
  • Labiner DM, Ahern GL. Vagus nerve stimulation therapy in depression and epilepsy: therapeutic parameter settings. Acta Neurol. Scand. 2007;115:23–33.
  • Valla J, Schneider L, Niedzielko T, Coon KD, Caselli R, Sabbagh MN, Ahern GL, Baxter L, Alexander G, Walker DG, Reiman EM. Impaired platelet mitochondrial activity in Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment. Mitochondrion. 2006;6:323–330.
  • Weinand ME, Hussain N, Labiner DM, Ahern GL. Correlation of electrocorticographic to clinical seizure onset and interhemispheric propagation times in temporal lobe epilepsy. Pathophysiol. Off. J. Int. Soc. Pathophysiol. ISP. 2006;13:233–236.
  • Gonzalez-Portillo G, Rivero S, Ahern GL, Labiner DM, Weinand ME. Normalization of periictal bihemispheric cerebral perfusion in temporal lobe epilepsy. Pathophysiol. Off. J. Int. Soc. Pathophysiol. ISP. 2004;11:31–34.
  • Labiner DM, Weinand ME, Brainerd CJ, Ahern GL, Herring AM, Melgar MA. Prognostic value of concordant seizure focus localizing data in the selection of temporal lobectomy candidates. Neurol. Res. 2002;24:747–755. 


Boston University, Boston, MA