Meet Our Team
The Stead Family Memory Center at Banner Alzheimer's Institute offers comprehensive consultations for individuals experiencing memory problems. Our team of expert clinicians provides diagnosis, treatment and disease management recommendations for patients, their families and referring physicians.
William Burke, MD
Stead Family Memory Center
Dr. William Burke is the Director of the Stead Family Memory Center and a board-certified physician in geriatric psychiatry. Dr. Burke received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE where he also completed an internship in Internal Medicine. He performed his residency in Psychiatry at Barnes Hospital and Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, MO. He received additional post-graduate training at the Alzheimer Disease Research Center at Washington University while also studying psychiatric epidemiology.
Dr. Burke spent more than 25 years at the University of Nebraska Medical Center where he was the Anna O. Stake Professor of Psychiatry, the Vice-Chair for Research and Director of the Psychopharmacology Research Center at UNMC. His research interests have focused on evaluation of potential new treatments for Alzheimer disease, delirium and depression with a particular interest in disease prevention. He has published widely including scientific articles, book chapters and abstracts. Dr. Burke has been repeatedly cited as a Castle Connolly/U.S. News "Top Doctor" and in "Best Doctors in America".
Pierre N. Tariot,
Director, Banner Alzheimer's Institute
Dr. Tariot is director of the Banner Alzheimer's Institute and 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.
Dr. Burke is a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist and specialist in dementia care at Banner Alzheimer's Institute. She completed an internal medicine internship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and residency training in general adult psychiatry at the Institute of Living in Hartford, Conn. Dr Burke went on to complete a prestigious fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at Harvard Medical School/ McLean Hospital. 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.
David Weidman, MD
Physician Dementia Specialist
Dr. Weidman is a board-certified neurologist and dementia specialist at Banner Alzheimer's Institute. His professional history includes neurology practice with a special interest in dementias. Dr. Weidman served as a research director at NNS Clinical Research. He conducted his internship and residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA and fellowship at West Virginia Medical Center in Morgantown, WV. His focus is in the care of patients with Alzheimer's disease and in the development of new treatments.
Allison Perrin, MD
Geriatric Medicine Physician
Perrin, a physician specializing in geriatric medicine, provides excellent care for patients at the Stead Family Memory Center. Perrin completed her geriatric fellowship at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, and is a member of The Governor's Advisory Council on Aging. She has published several articles and given lectures on geriatric medicine.
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.
James Seward, PhD,
Seward is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist at Banner Alzheimer's Institute who has worked extensively with individuals diagnosed with a variety of neurological conditions, including stroke and dementia-related disorders. He is a member of the American Board of Professional Psychology and author/presenter of numerous papers on the subject of Alzheimer's disease and related conditions.
Sheila Z Vadovicky,
Vadovicky, a psychometrist at Banner Alzheimer's Institute, has extensive experience administering cognitive and global rating scales in Alzheimer's disease clinical trials. She also works with the Stead Family Memory Center administering neuropsychological testing. She has many years experience working in private neuropsychology practices, working with people with traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia and Alzheimer's disease. She has a Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University of Chicago.