Lilliana Ramirez Gomez, PhD.
Dr. Ramirez Gomez is an Assistant in Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ramirez Gomez specializes in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, including evaluating and treating patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and other related dementias. Dr. Ramirez Gomez completed medical school at the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia, and her neurology residency at the USC Keck School of Medicine. She also served as Chief Resident. After residency, Dr. Ramirez Gomez completed a Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology fellowship at the Memory and Aging Center at USC. At MGH, Dr. Ramirez Gomez created a comprehensive neurology clinic focused on providing culturally sensitive care for Spanish-speaking patients.
Dr. Ramirez Gomez is part of the Multicultural Alzheimer Prevention Program (MAPP) faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital and collaborates in multiple projects from the group. Her research goals are to identify preclinical biomarkers for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and related dementias (AD/ADRD) and find ways to better assist underserved Spanish language populations with dementia, including patients and their caregivers. She received a minority diversity supplement from the National Institute on Aging to study whether changes in the ability to remember odors can serve as a novel specific biomarker for Alzheimer’s Disease and understand the relationship between AD neuropathological changes and the onset of changes in olfactory function. In addition, Dr. Ramirez Gomez is working on developing interventions to help improve emotional well-being and improve caregiver skills in Spanish-speaking family dementia caregivers.