Michael S. Rafii, MD, PhD
|Title(s)||Professor of Clinical Neurology|
|School||Keck School of Medicine of Usc|
|Address||ATR 9860 Mesa Rim Road|
Health Sciences Campus
San Diego CA 92121
|Phone||+1 858 964 0638|
|Brown University School of Medicine||2002||Aronson Prize for Excellence in Neuroscience|
|The Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital||2003||Intern of the Year|
|The Johns Hopkins Hospital||2006||Preziosi Outstanding Neurology Resident Award|
|The Johns Hopkins Hospital||2006||Alpha Omega Alpha |
|LuMind Down Syndrome Research Foundation||2016||David Cox Award|
|Alzheimer’s Association ||2022||Research Champion Award|
Michael Rafii is Professor of Neurology at the Keck School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute (ATRI). He received his MD and PhD degrees from Brown University and conducted neurogenetics research at Harvard Medical School. He completed his Neurology residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and fellowship in Neurodegenerative diseases at the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Rafii is a physician-scientist whose research focuses on developing new therapeutics for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) including a genetic form of AD that occurs in people with Down syndrome (DS). He has designed and led multi-center clinical trials for AD in DS. He is Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Clinical Trials Consortium - Down Syndrome (ACTC-DS), an international network of academic researchers with expertise in AD and DS.
As director of ATRI’s Medical Safety Unit, he provides safety oversight to ATRI’s entire portfolio of clinical trials. He serves as a scientific reviewer for the NIH and the Alzheimer's Association. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio (NPR).
Previously, Dr. Rafii served as Medical Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study, Director of the Memory Disorders Clinic, Founding Director of the Adult Down Syndrome Clinic, Director of the Comprehensive Alzheimer’s Program, Director of the Adult Neurology Residency Training program, Attending Neurologist and Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of California, San Diego.