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Howard Crystal, MD

Professor of Neurology
Director, Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology

Clinical Subspecialty:

Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, HIV-neurology, Psychiatry-Neurology Interface

Research Interests:

Cognitive changes in HIV, contributions of brain vascular disease to cognitive impairment, neurology of aging

Education and Training:
  • BA: Princeton University
  • MD: University of Pennsylvania
  • Internship: Medical College of Pennsylvania
  • Neurology residency and fellowship: Albert Eisntein College of Medicine
Patient Appointments:

Wednesday, 10 AM- 4 PM, B6-304, 718-270-6388

  • Crystal HA, Davies P.Towards a biomarker for Alzheimer's disease: Some progress, but still a long way to go. Neurology 2008: 70 (8): 586-7.
  • FC Barone, DM Rosenbaum, J Zhou, and HA Crystal. Vascular Cognitive Impairment - Disease Biology and Translational Animal Models. Current Opinion in Investigational Drugs, in press.
  • Crystal HA, Davies P. Towards a biomarker for Alzheimer's disease: Some progress, but still a long way to go. Neurology 2007, in press.
  • Doniger GM, Zucker DM, Schweiger A, Dwolatzky T, Chertkow H, Crystal H, Simon ES. Towards practical cognitive assessment for detection of early dementia: a 30-minute computerized battery discriminates as well as longer testing. Curr Alzheimer Res. 2005 Apr;2(2):117-24.
  • Doniger GM, Dwolatzky T, Zucker DM, Chertkow H, Crystal H, Schweiger A, Simon ES. Computerized cognitive testing battery identifies mild cognitive impairment and mild dementia even in the presence of depressive symptoms. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Dementias. 2006 Jan-Feb;21(1):28-36.
  • Verghese J, Lipton RB, Dickson DW, Crystal H. A clinicopathological study of rest tremors in the elderly. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2004 Oct;52(10):1781-3.
  • Lipton RB, Katz MJ, Kuslansky G, Sliwinski MJ, Stewart WF, Verghese J, Crystal HA, Buschke H. Screening for dementia by telephone using the memory impairment screen. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2003 Oct;51(10):1382-90.
  • Crystal HA, D Dickson, P Davies, D Masur, E Grober, and RB Lipton. The relative frequency of "dementia of unknown etiology" increases with aging and is over 50% in nonagenarians. Archives of Neurology 57: 713-719, 2000.

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