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Gregory H. Pelton, MD

I am an Attending Physician in the Late Life Depression Clinic and the Memory Disorders Clinic at New York State Psychiatric Institute. In addition, I am an Attending Physician at Columbia University Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology at Columbia University. My research work includes both NIH funded and industry-funded research studies, and I am the site P.I. inseveral studies of both types. My initial work within the Department of Geriatric Psychiatry focused on patients with Depression and Cognitive Impairment (DEP-CI) and this research has expanded over the last 15 years to research in older patients with neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS), identifying their risk of dementia, and investigating new treatments aimed at changing the rate and risk of eventually developing dementia. I am also actively involved in treating patients who already have dementia, focusing on the relieving their comorbid depression, anxiety, agitation/aggression, and at times psychotic symptoms. The overreaching goal is to improve quality of life in as safe fashion as possible. I have extensive experience in all aspects of clinical investigation. As a PI or co-PI on several research studies, I have been responsible for the overall study conduct, including but not limited to, subject recruitment and retention, conduct of research procedures and clinical management, training of staff personnel, supervision of the research coordinator(s), and accuracy of data collection, in multiple lines of investigation in Geriatric Psychiatry. My long-standing interest in the interface between NPS and dementia in the aging population, my previous experiences, and my extensive history of collaborations with Dr. Devanand in Geriatric Psychiatry, in addition to critical collaborations within the Department of Neurology, afford me an excellent environment for my research, teaching, and clinical work in behavioral neurology.


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