Steven DeKosky, MD

Published: April 3rd, 2017

Category: Bios

Dr. Steven DeKosky is the Aerts-Cosper Professor of Alzheimer’s Research at the University of Florida College of Medicine, and is Deputy Director of the McKnight Brain Institute, positions to which he was appointed in July 2015. He also serves as Associate Director of the National Institute of Aging- funded Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at UF. His academic appointment is as Professor of Neurology in the UF College of Medicine.

His basic research centers on structural and neurochemical changes in human brain in aging and dementia and effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI). His clinical and translational research have centered on understanding the genetics, neuropsychiatric symptoms, neuroimaging, and treatment and prevention of AD. Beginning trauma studies as a Principal Investigator in the University of Pittsburgh Brain Trauma Research Center in 1992, he studied similarities in the injury cascades of TBI and AD. He was an author of the first reports of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in American professional football players. He was also a Principal Investigator in the clinical application of the breakthrough amyloid-imaging agent Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB). He directed an 8 year NIH-funded national multicenter trial to assess whether Ginkgo biloba can prevent or delay onset of dementia in normal elderly adults, the first large study of prevention of dementia/AD.

Dr. DeKosky has served on and led numerous NIH review and advisory committees, and taught and mentored in clinical research training programs sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). He was a member of the FDA Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee from 2004-2007. In 2010 he was appointed to the National Advisory Council of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (now the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health) of the NIH. Following that term, he was appointed to and currently serves on the NIH’s Council of Councils in 2013; the Council of Councils oversees the Common Fund of the NIH.

Dr. DeKosky was a member of the national Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association from 1994 to 2002 (Board Vice Chair in 2001-2002), and again from 2003 to 2010. He was Chair of the Association’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Council from 1997 to 2002. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), the international organization of national Alzheimer’s Associations, and is now a member of the ADI Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel, a group he chaired from 2003-2006. He also serves on the National Advisory Board for the Center for Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at SUNY-Stony Brook.

Dr. DeKosky served as Chair of the Section on Geriatrics of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), and chaired the AAN Practice Parameters Committee for Early Detection, Diagnosis and Management of Dementia. In 2003 he was elected to the Neurology Council of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN); in 2010 he was elected President of the Neurology Council and Vice President of the ABPN. He continues to chair the ABPN’s Part B (Behavioral Neurology, Neuropsychology, and Psychiatry) Examination Committee.

Dr. DeKosky has received the Rita Hayworth Award from the Alzheimer’s Association and the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute Award for his contributions to research and advocacy on behalf of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. In 2008 he received the Zaven Khachaturian Award from the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference for his contributions to Alzheimer’s disease research. In 2006 he lectured at the NIH Clinical Center as one of the NIH’s Great Teachers series.

He is the founding Chair of the Advisory Council of ISTAART, the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Treatment. He lectures nationally and internationally on multiple dimensions of Alzheimer’s Disease, including the cognitive, neurobehavioral, genetic, imaging, and basic research underpinnings of the disease.

Dr. DeKosky is a frequent commentator on Alzheimer’s disease and brain aging for the press and is a frequent lecturer on AD nationally. He has testified multiple times before U.S. Senate Committees for greater research funding for Alzheimer’s disease, and has met with government officials in other countries as a consultant and advocate for programs and support for people with dementia. He has received a Teacher Investigator Development Award from the NINDS, the Presidential Award of the American Neurological Association, and has been listed continuously in “The Best Doctors in America” and “America’s Top Doctors” for over a decade, with his most recent election to both honors in 2015. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial boards of several leading neurology and Alzheimer’s journals and is a reviewer for multiple other journals. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Neurological Association, and the American Academy of Neurology.


1979 Fellowship, Neurochemistry Clinical Neuroscience Research Center, University of Virginia Medical School Charlottesville, VA
1978 Residency, Neurology University of Florida Gainesville, FL
1975 Internship Internal Medicine Johns Hopkins Hospital Baltimore, MD
1974 MD University of Florida Gainesville, FL
1970 MS, Psychology and Neuroscience University of Florida Gainesville, FL
1968 A.B. (Psychology) Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA

Dr. DeKosky’s publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine’s publication database.