Elissaios Karageorgiou, MD, PhD

Atlantic Fellow at GBHI
UCSF Memory and Aging Center

Professional Profile
Home Country: Greece
Field of Employment: Neurology & Neuroscience
Key Areas: dementia, sleep disorders, magnetoencephalography, electroencephalography, behavioral neurology


We have a unique opportunity to implement community-wide interventions to improve the lives of patients with dementia. We can each contribute by engaging in social activities outside our immediate environment. We need only ask and be ready to act.

Elissaios Karageorgiou’s primary objective is to provide optimal care to his patients and their families—a goal that guides his translational research and his efforts to promote dementia care in his native Greece. His drive stems from the intellectual stimulation of studying the brain in all its complexity and the emotional satisfaction of helping people in need.

The people and infrastructure at GBHI enable Karageorgiou to pursue his translational research on identifying brain rhythm patterns in the sleep-wake cycle that are disrupted in dementia, with the goal of improving diagnosis and prognosis. He is focused on whether consolidation of these rhythms could potentially delay cognitive decline.

Karageorgiou is also passionate about promoting dementia health on a national level in Greece. There, he has organized workshops and given talks at conferences for healthcare providers, consulted on complicated cases, and served as a scientific advisor on dementia to the Ministry of Health regarding the formulation of a national registry for chronic non-communicable diseases. He will devote his time at GBHI to becoming further engaged in health economics and policymaking so that he can apply his knowledge to Greece by developing and implementing projects to improve brain health.

Bio: Elissaios Karageorgiou was born in Glasgow, Scotland and raised in Athens, Greece. After graduating from Athens College, he obtained a medical degree and a PhD from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Upon completion of his medical studies, he worked as a postdoctoral associate at the Brain Sciences Center of the University of Minnesota, studying encephalographic brain patterns in health and in diseases such as dementia, multiple sclerosis, and schizophrenia. He completed his residency training in neurology at the University of Minnesota, where he served as the associate chief resident for research and education. After his residency, he joined the Memory and Aging Center at the University of California, San Francisco, where he trained in behavioral neurology and became a member of its faculty in 2016.