Meet Our Team
The Stead Family Memory Clinic 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.
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.
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.
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.
Adam S. Fleisher, MD,
Geriatric Neurologist, Dementia Specialist
Director, Brain Imaging
Dr. Fleisher is the director of brain imaging at Banner Alzheimer's Institute, a geriatric neurologist and an 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.
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 Clinic 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.