Faculty at the Institute for Aging Research

Tamara G. Fong M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Scientist, Aging Brain Center, Institute for Aging Research
Instructor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School.

Institute for Aging Research
1200 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02131
617-971-5319
tamarafong@hsl.harvard.edu or tfong@bidmc.harvard.edu

Education
1991 B.S. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
1996 Ph.D. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
1998 M.D. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2004 M.M.Sc  Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Dr. Fong's area of clinical expertise is cognitive disorders related to aging, including dementia and delirium.  Throughout her career, she has made significant contributions and advances in patient care and research. Her goal and the main focus of her work is to reveal causes and advance treatments of cognitive decline and dementia. Her clinical activities includes an  outpatient clinic in the Cognitive Neurology Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where she evaluates and treats patients with Alzheimer's disease, diffuse Lewy body disease, fronto-temporal dementia, vascular dementia, and mild cognitive impairment.

Dr. Fong's investigative work was born from her many years of clinical experience.  Her major research project is recognized and supported by a Career Development Award from the National Institute on Aging.  The main focus of the project is to use pharmacologic MRI to study the cholinergic system in aging and cognitive disorders.  In addition, Dr. Fong has conducted a SPECT imaging study in delirious patients (Journal of Gerontology, 2006), a study demonstrating the negative impact of delirium on cognitive trajectory in patients with Alzheimer's Disease (Neurology, 2009, featured article), and a study comparing two widely used dementia screening tests (Alzheimer's & Dementia, 2009).  She has recently published a new, brief cognitive screening test, the Sweet 16 (Archives of Internal Medicine, 2011).

Dr. Fong was promoted to Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School in 2010. She teaches clinical didactics to a broad range of trainees on topics ranging from the neurological examination in the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course for second year medical students to bedside and didactic sessions covering aspects of neurology and cognitive neurology for third and fourth year medical students, residents and fellows on the Neurology consult service.  She has lectured on topics including delirium care in the elderly, outpatient evaluation and diagnosis of dementia, and treatment strategies in dementia.

Selected Publications

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