Departments, Centers, & Programs:
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117
- MD, Universidad de Antioquia
- Residency, Hospital Universitario San Vicente Fundacion
- Residency, USC Keck School of Medicine
- Fellowship, USC Keck School of Medicine
American Board Certifications
- Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
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Dr. Ramirez 's work focuses on understanding preclinical and clinical markers of cognitive impairment that may aid in the diagnosis of dementia. She has elucidated vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia. In collaboration with Dr. Helena Chui at the University of Southern California, she studied how to differentiate among types of dementia using specific neuropsychological tests and neuroimaging. She has also collaborated with the National Alzheimer Coordinating Centers to identify late vascular risk factors and Alzheimer’s neuropathology in individuals with normal cognition in late life.
Dr. Ramirez's current studies include determining whether changes in the ability to remember odors can serve as a novel specific biomarker for early onset familial AD. She also aims to understand the relationship between AD neuropathological changes and the onset of sleep disturbance and cognitive decline in preclinical stages of AD, decades before full-blown symptoms begin.
Ramirez-Gomez L, Zheng L, Reed B, Kramer J, Mungas D, Zarow C, Vinters H, Ringman JM, Chui H. Neuropsychological Profiles Differentiate Alzheimer Disease from Subcortical Ischemic Vascular Dementia in an Autopsy-Defined Cohort. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2017 Jun 09; 44(1-2):1-11. PMID: 28595184
Besser LM, Alosco ML, Ramirez Gomez L, Zhou XH, McKee AC, Stern RA, Gunstad J, Schneider JA, Chui H, Kukull WA. Late-Life Vascular Risk Factors and Alzheimer Disease Neuropathology in Individuals with Normal Cognition. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2016 Aug 11. PMID: 27516116
Chui HC & Ramirez-Gomez, L. Vascular cognitive impairment (VCI): Executive Dysfunction in the Era of the Human Brain Connectome. In:The Frontal Lobes. Miller B, Cummings JL (eds.) 3rd edition. Guilford Press. 2017.
Ramirez Gomez L, Jain FA, D'Orazio LM. Assessment of the Hispanic Cognitively Impaired Elderly Patient. Neurol Clin. 2017 May; 35(2):207-229. PMID: 28410657
Chui HC, Ramirez Gomez L. Vascular Contributions to Cognitive Impairment in Late Life. Neurol Clin. 2017 May; 35(2):295-323. PMID: 28410661
Chui HC & Ramirez-Gomez, L. Vascular cognitive impairment (VCI). In: “Atypical and non-AD dementias” Geschwind M & Racine C (eds). Wiley-Blackwell. 2016.
Chui HC, Ramirez-Gomez L. Clinical and imaging features of mixed Alzheimer and vascular pathologies. Alzheimers Res Ther. 2015; 7(1):21. PMID: 25722748.