Tomás is a psychiatrist dedicated to Old Age Psychiatry and Dementia Care. He has participated in the pilot stages of the Chilean’s Dementia Plan. His research interests are dementia care, implementation of memory units, and psychopharmacology in the elderly.
San Alberto Hurtado
Words of Strength
To reduce the impact of dementia, Tomás believes we need to connect scientific knowledge about dementia prevention to the general population and policymakers in a friendly and simple language. There are so many simple strategies that could significantly decrease the burden of dementia.
Tomás is working on the implementation of dementia care services and looking for a way to make them more cost efficient. Also, he has delivered several talks and written public articles about dementia.
Dementia is a major public health issue in Chile and its impact will increase in the coming years. Tomás believes we have a big challenge to create and implement a global response system, from prevention to early diagnosis, treatment and end-of-life care.
Tomás received his medical school training from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. He then received his psychiatry degree in the same university. He also has a neuropsychology diploma, a psychotherapy diploma, and a psychogeriatrics diploma. He is currently working in the Memory and Neuropsychiatry Clinic at the Hospital del Salvador, Santiago, Chile, as a clinician and a researcher.