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Soo Borson, MD

Professor Emerita of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington

Affiliate Professor, Neurology, McLaughlin Research Institute

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Soo Borson, M.D., is founding director of the Memory Disorders Program at University Medical Center and a core investigator in the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.  She is past President of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the Gerontological Society of America, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. She has published over 100 references dealing with late-life cognitive and mood disorders in patients with neurodegenerative diseases.

Dr. Borson is the developer of the Mini-Cog, a brief screening tool for cognitive impairment designed for use in primary care and other non-specialist settings, and approved by the National Institute on Aging and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It has been chosen by the American College of Surgeons for inclusion in its ACS/NSQIP/AGS best practices recommendations for preoperative assessment of older adults. Her group’s validation work and collaborative studies, application by other investigators and clinicians, and adoption by many health care systems and community based service organizations have established the Mini-Cog’s value in a broad range of research and clinical settings.

Dr. Borson is internationally recognized for her work in dementia and dementia care, and has been an invited speaker in both academic and public programs.  She recently brought ‘The Memory Care Plays’ – a unique triplet of prize-winning one-act plays by writers personally familiar with dementia – to Seattle, where Taproot Theater offered stage readings and a post-performance conversation to a packed house.  Soo recently completed a long-term consultation to the Twin Cities Consortium for Alzheimer’s Research, Minnesota ACT on Alzheimer’s, the Alzheimer’s Association of California Southland,

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