Geoffrey L Ahern, MD, PhD

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

Contact:

3838 N Campbell Avenue
Building 2, Clinic E
Department of Neurology
Tucson, AZ 85719
Fax 520-694-3941
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

Meet Dr. Ahern

Education

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

Selected Publications

1: Filon JR, Intorcia AJ, Sue LI, Vazquez Arreola E, Wilson J, Davis KJ, Sabbagh 
MN, Belden CM, Caselli RJ, Adler CH, Woodruff BK, Rapscak SZ, Ahern GL, Burke AD,
Jacobson S, Shill HA, Driver-Dunckley E, Chen K, Reiman EM, Beach TG, Serrano GE.
Gender Differences in Alzheimer Disease: Brain Atrophy, Histopathology Burden,
and Cognition. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2016 Jun 12. pii: nlw047. [Epub ahead of
print] PubMed PMID: 27297671.


2: Beach TG, Adler CH, Sue LI, Serrano G, Shill HA, Walker DG, Lue L, Roher AE,
Dugger BN, Maarouf C, Birdsill AC, Intorcia A, Saxon-Labelle M, Pullen J,
Scroggins A, Filon J, Scott S, Hoffman B, Garcia A, Caviness JN, Hentz JG,
Driver-Dunckley E, Jacobson SA, Davis KJ, Belden CM, Long KE, Malek-Ahmadi M,
Powell JJ, Gale LD, Nicholson LR, Caselli RJ, Woodruff BK, Rapscak SZ, Ahern GL
Shi J, Burke AD, Reiman EM, Sabbagh MN. Arizona Study of Aging and
Neurodegenerative Disorders and Brain and Body Donation Program. Neuropathology. 
2015 Aug;35(4):354-89. doi: 10.1111/neup.12189. Epub 2015 Jan 26. PubMed PMID:
25619230; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4593391.


3: Caselli RJ, Dueck AC, Locke DE, 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 Mar 22;76(12):1078-84. doi:
10.1212/WNL.0b013e318211c3ae. Epub 2011 Feb 16. PubMed PMID: 21325652; PubMed
Central PMCID: PMC3068011.


4: Caselli RJ, Dueck AC, Osborne D, Sabbagh MN, Connor DJ, Ahern GL, Baxter LC,
Rapcsak SZ, Shi J, Woodruff BK, Locke DE, 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 Jul 16;361(3):255-63. doi:
10.1056/NEJMoa0809437. PubMed PMID: 19605830; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2928998.


5: Thayer JF, Sollers JJ 3rd, 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. 2009 Apr;72(1):81-8. doi:
10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2008.04.007. Epub 2008 Sep 19. PubMed PMID: 18835304.


6: Lane RD, McRae K, Reiman EM, Chen K, Ahern GL, Thayer JF. Neural correlates of
heart rate variability during emotion. Neuroimage. 2009 Jan 1;44(1):213-22. doi: 
10.1016/j.neuroimage.2008.07.056. Epub 2008 Aug 9. Erratum in: Neuroimage. 2009
Apr 1;45(2):643-4. PubMed PMID: 18778779