Howie Rosen, MD

Professor of Neurology

There is no better way to leave your mark in the world than to advance knowledge and to teach others to help.

Current Work

Howie is the director of Curriculum for GBHI. He also serves as director of the Outreach and Education Core for UCSF’s Alzheimer’s disease research center and director of UCSF’s Behavioral Neurology Training Program.


Through his work, Howie aims to prepare the next generation of dedicated professionals to carry on with this work until the threat posed by dementia is eradicated throughout the world.


Howie’s research involves the use of brain imaging and novel assessments of socioemotional functioning to provide objective and sensitive measurements of brain changes that occur in neurodegenerative illnesses. These efforts are conducted through multicenter projects that enroll patients suffering from these disorders as well as those at risk because of genetics or other factors.


Neurodegenerative diseases often go unrecognized or unacknowledged, and when physicians do recognize the presence of a serious brain disorder, the cause is often misdiagnosed. Howie has dedicated his career to rectifying these problems through patient care, research, and education.

Education & Experience

Howie Rosen completed a combined BA/MD program at Boston University in 1989, a residency in Internal Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1992, and a Neurology residency at UCSF in 1996. He then trained in cognitive neuroscience and brain imaging at Washington University in St. Louis and returned to UCSF to join the faculty at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 1999. He is an investigator on multiple federal and state-funded research grants and serves as director of the California State Alzheimer’s Disease Center at UCSF, associate director of UCSF’s federally funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, director of UCSF’s Behavioral Neurology Training Program, and director of Curriculum for the Global Brain Health Institute.

University of California, San Francisco
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Internal Medicine
Boston University