Cohort 
2020

Lina Zapata, MD

Psychiatrist

We need to create transformative public health policies related to the prevention and early detection of dementia.

Current Work

Lina works as a psychiatrist, professor, and neuroscience researcher in Cali, Colombia.

Personal Hero

My grandfather

Words of Strength

Strive for change

Vision

To reduce the scale and impact of dementia, Lina believes we need to create awareness within the general population and public decisionmakers. We also need to create transformative public health policies related to prevention and early detection of dementia.

Strategy

Lina provides neuropsychiatric care to the most vulnerable population in her region of Colombia, works as a professor in psychiatry, and as a researcher in neurodegenerative diseases.

Impact

Lina's goal is to improve the brain health care for the most vulnerable population in her region, focusing on the prevention of dementia, educational programs for caregivers, accurate and timely diagnosis, individualized treatments, rehabilitation programs, and neuroscience research.

Motivation

Over the last three decades, Colombia’s population aged over 60 years increased from 4% to 9.3%; more than 4 million people could have dementia in Colombia in the next few years.

Education & Experience

Lina received her medical degree from Universidad CES in Medellin, Colombia. She did one semester of her medical training in Djibouti, East Africa, where she volunteered at two hospitals and a refugee orphanage. She conducted her medical residency in Psychiatry at Universidad del Valle in Cali, where she was elected Chief Resident. During the last year of residency, she was selected to do a rotation at the Sainte Anne Hospital in Paris, France. Currently, Lina works as a psychiatrist, professor, and researcher in Cali, Colombia.

Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI)
current
Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health
Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia
Psychiatry
Medical residency
Universidad CES in Medellin, Colombia
Medicine
MD

Awards & Honors

Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia
Psychiatry
Chief Resident