Experts

Julie Zissimopoulos, PhD

Julie M. Zissimopoulos is Associate Professor and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs in the Sol Price School of Public Policy. She serves as the Director of Education and Training of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, one of the nation’s premier health policy research institutions. She co-directs the National Institute on Aging (NIA) funded Resource Center for Minority Aging Research and is a network associate of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society. She was previously a senior economist at the RAND Corporation where she directed the NIA postdoctoral training program in aging. She specializes in the economics of aging. Topics of special interest are Alzheimer’s disease, savings and wealth, labor force behavior, financial and non-financial support between generations of family members and medical expenditures at older ages. Dr. Zissimopoulos’ research sponsors have included the National Institute on Aging and the Social Security Administration. She is a frequent speaker on the economics of aging and her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, on California Public Radio, PBS Newshour, and other media. Dr. Zissimopoulos received her B.A. summa cum laude from Boston College and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

Neal Barnard, M.D.

Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and founder of Barnard Medical Center.

Dr. Barnard is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the 2016 recipient of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s Trailblazer Award, and has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Barnard has authored more than 70 scientific publications as well as 18 books, including the New York Times best-sellers Power Foods for the Brain, 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, and the USA Today best-seller Dr. Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes.

As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research. He hosts four PBS television programs on nutrition and health and is frequently called on by news programs to discuss issues related to nutrition and research.

Originally from Fargo, N.D., Dr. Barnard received his medical degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington to found the Physicians Committee.

 

Helena Chang Chui, M.D.

Dr. Chui is internationally recognized for her research in Alzheimer disease and vascular cognitive impairment. She is the principal investigator for the NIA-funded Alzheimer Disease Research Center, as well as a multi-institutional program project on vascular dementia.

Dr. Chui is the author of over 120 publications and has served on the editorial board for Stroke, Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, and Archives of Neurology. She holds the Raymond and Betty McCarron endowed Chair at the Keck School of Medicine and serves as the Chair of the Department of Neurology.

 

George Vradenburg

George Vradenburg is Chairman of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, which he co-founded in October 2010. He was named by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to serve on the Advisory Council on Research, Care, and Services established by the National Alzheimer’s Project Act and has testified before Congress about the global Alzheimer’s pandemic. He is a member of the World Dementia Council. He and UsAgainstAlzheimer’s co-convene both the Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease (LEAD) Coalition and the Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer’s Disease. With his wife Trish (1946-2017), George has long been a dedicated member of Washington’s civic and philanthropic community. George served as Chairman of The Phillips Collection for 13 years and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and The Economic Club of Washington. He has served in senior executive and legal positions at CBS, FOX and AOL/Time Warner.

 

Sanjiv Sharma, MD

Dr. Sharma graduated from Mahatma Gandhi Medical Memorial College in Jamshedpur, India and completed his residency in internal medicine at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. In 2000, Dr. Sharma opened his private practice, Geriatric Medical Center, in Toms River, New Jersey. Dr. Sharma has been involved in memory research since 2009. In 2013, he started AMRI as the principal investigator. Since then he has worked on over 40 memory-related protocols. Dr. Sharma has his board certification in internal medicine as well as geriatric medicine. He is passionate about caring for patients and families who are worried about memory loss.

 

Beth Kallmyer, MSW

Beth Kallmyer, MSW, is the Vice President of Constituent Services for the national Alzheimer’s Association based in Chicago. Beth oversees Association programs and services nationwide for individuals with Alzheimer’s and their families, outreach to healthcare professionals and diversity and inclusiveness initiatives.  These services include information and referral though the Association’s 24/7 Helpline, consumer education workshops, support groups for caregivers and programming for persons with early stage Alzheimer’s. Beth has more than 25 years’ experience working for not for profit organizations in both direct service and leadership roles.  She has been with the Alzheimer’s Association since 2001.  Prior to working for the Alzheimer’s Association, she worked in healthcare, emergency services, community mental health and hospice.  In addition, Beth operated a private practice for over 12 years where she provided long term psychotherapy to individuals and couples.  Beth has a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame and an MSW from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois in Chicago.  One of the reasons Beth decided to join the board of RVA was due to her experience years ago when she was a hospital crisis worker and had the opportunity to work with RVA volunteers.

 

Rick Gow. CSA

Rick Gow is a seasoned Wealth Management Advisor. He is a member of the Society of Certified Seniors Advisors and a recognized speaker on many senior-related long term care financial planning topics. He works primarily with seniors, their caregivers and their family members with relation to all aspects of long term care financial planning. He helps them develop all-encompassing long-term care plans, tax-efficient wealth transfer structures, and retirement strategies.