Dr. James E. Galvin, M.D., M.P.H.                                                                               Board Member

James E. Galvin, M.D., M.P.H., is Professor of Integrated Medical Sciences and Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. He is also Professor of Nursing at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and Director of the Leon and Toby Cooperman Center for Alzheimer Disease and Memory Disorders at the Marcus Neuroscience Institute, Boca Raton Regional Hospital. He is taking the lead in developing a University-wide clinical translational research program to translate clinical, behavioral and social research from individual and population level projects into innovative programs and practices that address health for individuals from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, reduce health disparities, and improve health outcomes.

Dr. Galvin’s Research

Dr. Galvin’s current NIH-funded research focuses on detection of multiple chronic conditions in a multicultural cohort of older adults and measure behavioral change associated with detection of disease. He recently received an Administrative Supplement from the National Library of Medicine to create a public access database to promote translational research. Recent findings include characterization of impact of sarcopenia and obesity on risk of cognitive and physical impairment, role of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in cognitive decline, and the impact of race, social status and gender on health-seeking behaviors. Dr. Galvin is internationally known as thought-leader in characterizing the clinical, cognitive, behavioral, and biomarker features of Lewy Body Dementia, and as the creator of novel clinical assessment scales to improve dementia detection, including the AD8 and the Quick Dementia Rating System.

Dr. Galvin has created or co-created a number of novel intervention programs to improve the care of older adults with dementia and their caregivers leading to improved care confidence and mobility, delayed nursing home placement, reduced hospital re-admission, and decreased health care costs. Dr. Galvin has led efforts to establish a collaborative care model for delivery of clinical services and psychoeducation to older adults with cognitive impairment and their family to improve health outcomes. Dr. Galvin has served as a mentor for 20 post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty members. His current mentees have career development awards from the National Institute on Aging, National Palliative Care Research Council, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Cambria Health, and the Alzheimer’s Association.

In particular, Dr. Galvin’s research focusing on older adults is well positioned to address a growing crisis facing US healthcare systems. Much of the discussion on aging has centered on the impact the demographic shift will have on healthcare delivery, however we must also seek to recast the role of this segment of society as a productive one. Aging, as it currently stands, is often viewed by society as a problem rather than an opportunity . However, it is now as meaningful to speak of vitality, well-being, and healthfulness as it is to the degrees of impairment, sickness, and disability. Dr. Galvin’s research program is a transdisciplinary, multi-school, evidence-based approach to translational research on healthy aging based on four “cornerstones” that will drive our clinical and research themes: (1) Health Maintenance with behavioral changes to reduce risk, limit disability, and promote adaptive aging; (2) Models of Excellence testing innovative peer-led programs to improve older adult well-being; (3) Promoting Recovery linking inpatient and outpatient care to improve health outcomes, and reduce unnecessary acute care utilization; and (4) Facilitating Life Transitions by developing programs to lead a productive life upon retirement and other transition periods (e.g., widowhood, change in living situation).

Dr. Galvin’s Education Includes:

  • 1986:  B.A., Chemistry, New York University, New York, NY.
  • 1988:  M.S., Nutrition, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • 1992:  M.D., Nutrition, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ.
  • 2004:  M.P.H., Nutrition, Saint Louis University, St Louis, MO.

Dr. Galvin’s Work History Includes:

  • 2015-Present: Professor of Integrated Medical Sciences and Associate Dean for Clinical Research, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
  • 2015-Present: Professor of Nursing and Medical Director, Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
  • 2015-Present: Director, Leon and Toby Cooperman Center for Alzheimer Disease and Memory Disorders, Marcus Neuroscience Institute, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Boca Raton, Florida
  • 2013-2015: Adjunct Professor of Nursing, New York University College of Nursing, New York, New York
  • 2012-2015: Adjunct Professor of Nutrition and Public Health, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University, New York, New York
  • 2010-2015: Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Population Health, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York
  • 2008-2010: Scholar, Institute for Public Health, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 2007-2010: Associate Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Neurobiology, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 2007-2010: Adjunct Assistant Professor of Community Health, Washington University School of Public Health, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 2003-2007: Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 2000-2007: Assistant Professor of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 2000-2007: Instructor of Neurology, MCP Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1997-2000: Assistant Professor of Neurology, MCP Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1997-2000: Research Fellow, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Research Fellow, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1996-1997: Instructor of Neurology, MCP Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1996-1997: NIH/NINDS T32 Fellow Awardee, Neurological Rehabilitation, Research Fellow in Neurodegenerative Diseases, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1995-1996: Chief Neurology Resident, Department of Neurology, MCP Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1993-1995: Neurology Resident, Department of Neurology, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1992-1993: Internal Medicine Resident, Department of Medicine, Hackensack Medical Center, Hackensack, New Jersey

Dr. Galvin’s Publications Include:

  • Galvin JE. The Quick Dementia Rating System (QDRS): A rapid dementia staging tool. Alzheimer Dem (DADM)1:249-259; 2015 (PMCID: 4484882)
  • Tolea MI, Morris JC, Galvin JE. Longitudinal Associations between Physical and Cognitive Function among Community-dwelling Older Adults. PLoS One 2015 Apri 13;10(4):e0122878 (PMCID: 4395358)
  • Johnson DK, Langford Z, Garnier M, Storandt M, Morris JC, Galvin JE. Evidence for Mild Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson’s Disease Alz Dis Assoc Disord 2015 Apr 3 [Epub ahead of print] (NIHMSID: 656786)
  • Galvin JE, Valois L, Zweig Y. Collaborative transdisciplinary team approach to dementia care. Neurodegener Dis Manag 4:455-469; 2014 (PMCID: 4308691)
  • Galvin JE, Tolea MI, George N, Wingbermuehle C. Public-Private Partnerships Improve Health Outcomes in Individuals with Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease. Clin Interv Aging 9:621-630;2014 (PMCID: 3986334)
  • Galvin JE, Price JL, Yan L, Morris JC, Sheline YI. Patterns of resting BOLD functional MRI activation differentiate Dementia with Lewy Bodies from Alzheimer Disease. Neurology 76:1797-1803,2011. (PMCID: 3100121)
  • Johnson DK, Galvin JE. Longitudinal changes in cognition in Parkinson disease with and without dementia. Dement Geriatr Cog Disord, 31:98-108, 2011 (PMCID: 3047760)
  • Galvin JE, Fagan AM, Holtzman DM, Mintun MA, Morris JC. Relationship of dementia screening tests with biomarkers of Alzheimer’s Disease. Brain, 133:3290-3300,2010. (PMCID: 2965421).
  • Johnson DK, Storandt M, Morris JC, Galvin JE. Longitudinal study of the transition from healthy aging to Alzheimer disease. Arch Neurol. 66:1254-1259, 2009. (PMCID:19822721)
  • Galvin JE, Roe CM, Xiong C, Morris JC. The validity and reliability of the AD8 informant interview for dementia. Neurology, 67:1942-1948, 2006.
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Dr. Galvin’s Scholarly Activity Includes:

Fellowships

  • 2012-Present  Fellow: American Neurological Association

National Committees, Advisory and Editorial Boards

  • 2015-Present  American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and American Psychiatric Association                               (APA) Dementia Update Measure Development Work Group
  • 2015-Present  Inaugural member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Give To Cure                                              Foundation to cure AD
  • 2015-Present  Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia (AD) Uniform Curriculum Advisory                                  Panel for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • 2009-Present   Member: Clinical Neuroscience and Neurodegeneration Study Section, NIH
  • 2015-Present  American Neurological Association
  • 2015-Present  External Advisory Committee for NIH-funded Alzheimer Disease Centers
    • 2015-Present  Mayo Clinic
    • 2012-Present  Mt Sinai Medical Center
    • 2012-Present  University of Kentucky
    • 2012-Present  University of Pennsylvania
    • 2009-Present   University of Wisconsin
    • 2012-2014     Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital
    • 2012-2014     University of California San Francisco
    • 2008-2010      New York University
  • 2008-Present   American College of Physicians Editorial Consultant, Dementia
  • Physicians’ Information and Education Resource (PIER)

NIA Alzheimer Disease Center Program

  • 2012-Present    Steering Committee, Education Cores
  • 2008-2010     Chair, Steering Committee, Education Cores

Lewy Body Dementia Association

  • 2007-Present   Board of Directors
  • 2005-Present   Scientific Advisory Council

Dr. James Galvin, M.D., M.P.H.
Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL  33431
Ph:  561-297-4828
Email:  galvinj@health.fau.edu