Meet Our Team
The world-class researchers, physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers and other health care professionals at Banner Alzheimer's Institute (BAI) work together to provide hope and help for patients and families affected by Alzheimer's disease and other memory disorders.
BAI's multidisciplinary clinical trials research team is led by the following individuals:
Eric M. Reiman, MD
Chief Executive Officer, Banner Research
Executive Director, Banner Alzheimer's Institute
Dr. Reiman is chief executive officer of Banner Research, executive director of Banner Alzheimer's Institute, clinical director of the Neurogenomics Division at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona, and director of the Arizona Alzheimer's Consortium. His contributions to the fields of brain imaging, the behavioral neurosciences and the presymtomatic study of Alzheimer's disease have earned him international recognition. He is the author of more than 200 research publications and serves as principal investigator for research grants from the National Institutes of Health and other leading funders.
Pierre N. Tariot, MD
Director, Banner Alzheimer's Institute
Dr. Tariot, director of Banner Alzheimer's Institute, is a board-certified physician in internal medicine and geriatric psychiatry. After intensive training in developing new treatments for Alzheimer's disease at the National Institutes of Health, he spent 20 years as a professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, where he directed a program dedicated to the care and study of people with Alzheimer's. He has devoted his career to helping patients and families cope with the effects of dementia and is a recognized leader in the development of new Alzheimer's treatments. He has published hundreds of scientific articles, is a widely sought-after speaker and consultant, and has won numerous awards for his service and research.
Dan Bandy, MS
Senior Scientist and Technical Director, PET Center
Bandy serves as senior scientist and technical director of the PET Center at Banner Alzheimer's Institute. He holds a bachelor's degree in nuclear medicine and zoology from the University of Iowa and a master's in engineering science (nuclear) from Arizona State University. He plays a critical role here in brain imaging programs and is responsible for the daily operations of the PET Center, including clinical and research activities as well as equipment quality assurance.
Helle Brand, PA
Brand is a physician assistant at Banner Alzheimer's Institute and a former physical therapist specializing in caring for the elderly. Her professional interests center on education and counseling related to understanding and living with dementia. Her work focuses on the effects of dementia on a person's ability to function daily as well as the disease's impact on the families of those affected.
Anna Burke, MD
Dr. Burke is a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist and specialist in dementia care at Banner Alzheimer's Institute. She has worked extensively with patients and families suffering from Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Her areas of expertise include the diagnosis and treatment of dementia as well as treatment of associated behavioral and psychiatric disturbances.
Lab Head - Computational Image Analysis
Chen is a senior scientist and senior biomathematician at Banner Alzheimer's Institute. He got his PhD in biomathematics in the area of neuroimaging at UCLA and also holds a master's degree in mathematics from Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China. His primary research interest is the quantification and statistical analysis of positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data in the study of human brain functions and diseases, particularly Alzheimer's disease. Chen has more than 160 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals in the fields of neuroimaging, Alzheimer's disease and mathematical/statistical methodology developments.
Jan Dougherty, RN, MS
Director, Family and Community Services
Dougherty is instrumental in creating care programs that cater to those affected by Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Her work has led to the formation and implementation of nationally recognized care models for dementia patients, including Dementia Care Paths and Palliative Care for Advanced Dementia. At Banner Alzheimer's Institute, she leads the Family and Community Services team in developing programs that foster enhanced education, support and improved quality of life for individuals living with and affected by memory loss.
Adam S. Fleisher, MD, MAS
Associate Director of Brain Imaging
Dr. Fleisher, associate director of brain imaging at Banner Alzheimer's Institute, is a geriatric neurologist and expert in the field of brain imaging to detect and study the earliest evidence of the pathology of Alzheimer's in the brain. He received his general neurology training at Johns Hopkins Hospital before completing a clinical and research dementia fellowship and master's degree in clinical research at the University of California, San Diego. He is well published in the fields of dementia clinical trials and imaging.
Sarah Medina-Rodriguez, MD (not licensed in the US),
Senior Manager, Clinical Trials
Medina-Rodriguez is a foreign medical graduate. She earned her medical degree at St. Luke's College of Medicine in the Philippines and bachelor's in psychology at the University at Buffalo-SUNY. She worked as a clinical research coordinator at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York conducting clinical trials in liver diseases before moving to Arizona in 2009 to join the research team at Banner Alzheimer's Institute. She served as a clinical research coordinator prior to becoming a certified clinical research professional in 2010. In 2011, she was promoted to clinical trials senior manager. In the role, she is responsible for the daily research operations of the clinical trials team, managing more than 30 trials concurrently, including both imaging and pharmaceutical-based research.
Roy Yaari, MD, MAS
Director, Memory Disorders Clinic
Dr. Yaari is a board-certified neurologist and dementia specialist. He earned a Master of Advanced Study degree in clinical research and received comprehensive training through a clinical research and dementia fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. His strong interest in treating dementia patients as well as developing new treatments and therapies for those with dementia led him to the Memory Disorders Clinic at Banner Alzheimer's Institute, which he now directs.