Leadership

The Montefiore Hudson Valley CEAD is led by a team of senior clinicians with many years of experience diagnosing and caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias.

Program Director/Principal Investigator:

Jessica Zwerling, MD, MS, is Associate Director of the Montefiore-Einstein Center for the Aging Brain, and Director of Clinical Neurology at the Einstein Aging Study. She is the director of the Montefiore-Einstein Memory Disorders Center; the director of the UCSN accredited Geriatric Neurology Fellowship; and the head of the Neurodegenerative Clinical Trials Program. She is a board certified neurologist and a board certified neuromuscular specialist and is an associate professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Associate Director

Pasquale Fonzetti, M.D., Ph.D.,is the director of the Memory Evaluation and Treatment Service (METS) at Burke.  Dr. Fonzetti, a board-certified neurologist, has worked with the program for 17 years and is also a staff neurologist at Burke. Dr. Fonzetti earned his doctorate in biological science and his medical degree from Bari University in Italy. He completed his residency in neurology at Seton Hall University Neuroscience Institute and a fellowship in neurological rehabilitation at Burke.  He has served as a research investigator for multiple clinical trials on dementia and stroke and is a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and Chairman of Burke’s Institutional Review Board.

Advisory Board Leadership:

Joe Verghese, MB, MS, is Professor of Neurology and Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Chief of the integrated divisions of Cognitive & Motor Aging and Geriatrics and the founding Director of the CAB. His research interest is the effects of disease and aging on mobility and cognition in older adults, and he served on the Alzheimer’s Association panel that recommended cognitive screening instruments for the Medicare Wellness Visit. Dr. Verghese is board certified in Neurology.

Amy Ehrlich, MD, is Associate Chief of the Division of Geriatrics at Montefiore and Medical Director of Montefiore Home Care. She has been involved in program design and development in geriatrics education for medical students, residents and fellows. Her research topics include screening for mild cognitive impairment and dementia in ethnically and racially diverse primary care settings, and she is the Principal Investigator for Montefiore’s participation in NYU’s HRSA grant. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.