Bruce Miller, MD

Co-Director

Early and accurate diagnosis helps people make plans to live according to their values, manage symptoms, and get the right treatment.

Current Work

A.W. And Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professor in Neurology, UC San Francisco Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Francisco; Director, UCSF Memory and Aging Center; Co-Director, Global Brain Health Institute

Personal Hero

Bob Dylan

Words of Strength

Dreaming big

Vision

Early and accurate diagnosis helps people understand the changes occurring in their brains, make plans to live according to their values, manage symptoms as they arise, and get the right treatment, when available.

Strategy

Bruce leads several large, collaborative research projects that focus on diagnosis, biomarkers, and the biological drivers of disease to, hopefully, find a cure. As a behavioral neurologist, Bruce evaluates patients and works with families to diagnose and manage the symptoms that arise.

Motivation

By collaborating with basic, translational, and clinical scientists, we are speeding up our understanding of brain and disease biology while also driving towards finding a cure.

Education & Experience

Bruce is Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at UCSF where he holds the A.W. & Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professorship in Neurology. He founded the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and leads an NIH-funded program project grant on frontotemporal dementia, the UCSF Alzheimer's disease Research Center, and two consortia focused on developing treatments for the tau and progranulin subtypes of frontotemporal dementia and another consortium for Parkinson’s spectrum disorders. He has directed new approaches to patient care linked to intensive caregiver support and, in a separate effort, developed better diagnostic support tools for primary practice physicians in collaboration with Quest Diagnostics. His multidisciplinary approach builds collaborations around iPS cells, genomics, and neuroimaging enabling research findings related to the differential diagnosis of dementia, dementia risk factors, and new therapeutic approaches.

University of California, Los Angeles
Pharmacology
Fellowship
University of California, Los Angeles
Neurobehavior
Fellowship
University of California, Los Angeles
Neurology
Residency
University of Western Ontario
Neurology
Residency
Vancouver General Hospital
Internal Medicine
Residency
University of British Columbia
Medicine
MD
Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana
Chemistry, cum laude
BS
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
Education (English)
BS

Awards & Honors

University of California, San Francisco
2019
Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award
University of California, San Francisco
2017
Holly Smith Award for Exceptional Service to the School of Medicine
International Society for Frontotemporal Dementias (ISFTD)
2016
President
National Academy of Medicine
2016
Elected member
UBC Medical School
2015
Wallace Wilson Leadership Award
University of California, San Francisco
2015
Robert A. Fishman Award & Lecture
University of California, Los Angeles
2014
Arthur Cherkin Award
National Center for Creative Aging
2012
Gene D. Cohen Research Award in Creativity and Aging
University of California, San Francisco
Clinical Science
2012
12th Annual Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecture

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