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    Yonas Geda, MD

    Behavioral Neurologist
    Psychiatrist (602) 406-6262

    Yonas Geda, MD, is a psychiatrist and behavioral neurologist in the Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Program and a professor in the Department of Neurology at Barrow Neurological Institute. He is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.

    Dr. Geda’s areas of expertise include brain aging (e.g., evaluating and treating executives with stress and memory concerns), mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, and related disorders. He is a member of the Science Committee of the French Alzheimer’s Research Group, and he served as chair of the award committees of the American Neuropsychiatric Association and the Neuropsychiatric Professional Interest Area of the Alzheimer’s Association. Dr. Geda is an associate fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences.

    Dr. Geda earned his medical degree from Addis Ababa (Haile Selassie) University in Ethiopia. He also earned a Master of Science degree in biomedical science and clinical research at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester, Minnesota as a National Institutes of Health Research Scientist Career Development scholar. Following his psychiatry residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Geda completed a prestigious behavioral neurology fellowship as a Mayo Foundation Scholar under the mentorship of Dr. Ronald Petersen of Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

    Dr. Geda’s research interests include the investigation of the role of lifestyle factors (exercise, mental activities, and caloric intake) and neuropsychiatric symptoms of mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, and related disorders. He has published over 145 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Dr. Geda is the lead author of an international panel that developed the neurobiological theoretical model to investigate neuropsychiatric symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

    Education & Training
    • MSc, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Biomedical Science/Clinical Research, 2006
    • Fellowship, (Mayo Foundation Scholar), Mayo Clinic, Behavioral Neurology, 2000-2001
    • Fellowship, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science; Behavioral Neurology, Medical Psychiatry, and Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry, 1999-2000
    • Residency, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Psychiatry, 1996-2000
    • Internship, Wright State University, School of Medicine, Primary Care Medicine, 1995-1996
    • Internship, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, 1995
    • Internship; Addis Ababa University & Armed Forces General Hospital; Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, 1990-1991
    • MD, Addis Ababa University, School of Medicine, 1991
    Professional Memberships
    • Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
    • American Medical Association
    • American Neuropsychiatric Association
    • Association for Contextual and Behavioral Science
    • Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology
    Honors and Awards
    • Chairman, Award Committee, Alzheimer’s Association, Neuropsychiatric Syndromes Professional Interest Area, 2015-2019
    • Senior author, second most-talked-about paper of the year for JAMA Neurology, 2017
    • Senior author, most-viewed paper of the month, JAMA Neurology, February 2017
    • Recipient, Medal of the Mayor, City of La Ciotat, France, 2016
    • Chairman, award committee, American Neuropsychiatric Association, 2011-2014
    • Chairman, Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry Special Interest Group, 2008-2014
    • Invited guest, Founding Conference of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, 2010
    • Career Transition Award, Education Resources, Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science, 2009
    • Mentored Research Scientist Development Award, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, 2004-2009
    • Invited participant, Expert Panel on Depression and Mild Cognitive Impairment, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, 2003
    • Third Place Research Award, 11th International Congress of the International Psychogeriatric Association, 2003
    • Recipient, Medal of the City of Marseille “Ville de Marseille,” 16th Congress of French Alzheimer’s Disease Research Group, 2003
    • Excellence in Teaching Recognition, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, 2001-2002, 2003, 2004-2005
    • Mayo Foundation Scholar, 2000-2001
    • Laughlin Fellowship Award, American College of Psychiatry, 1999
    • Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellowship Award, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, 1998

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