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Meet Dr. Patricio Reyes

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Written by: Meaning & Hope Institute

About Patricio F. Reyes, MD, FAAN

Dr. Patricio Reyes is a board certified and highly regarded neurologist and neuropathologist with more than 30 years of clinical expertise, research, and drug development in Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. He currently serves as the Chief of Neurology and Director for Traumatic Brain Injury and Alzheimer’s Disease & Cognitive Disorders Clinics at the Phoenix VA Medical Center.

He was one of the first to establish rapid autopsy brain banking in the United States, and the first to build Dementia Centers in three states.  He also was a principal in numerous clinical trials that led to the FDA approval of new drugs for Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Reyes has worked extensively with the Retired Players Association to improve health care for retired NFL players, as well as improving health care awareness for the boxing profession in his native Philippines.

He has been conferred with numerous awards throughout his career, including Scientist of the 21st Century, Physician of the Day by the Arizona House of Representatives, and Top Doctor in the Who’s Who Global Medical Directory.

Each passing day I shall strive to offer the best care I can to persons with dementia AND their caregivers.

Dr. Patricio Reyes

Recorded Webinars

September 11, 2023: Dementia in Strokes and Other Treatable Dementias

Are you fascinated by the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience for individuals with dementia? We are thrilled to share an enlightening webinar series hosted by esteemed neurologist and neuropathologist, Dr. Patricio F. Reyes, M.D. He is Chief of Neurology and Director of Traumatic Brain Injury, Alzheimer’s Disease & Cognitive Disorders at the Carl. T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix. Dr. Reyes brings his unparalleled expertise and pioneering insights to this series, offering a unique opportunity for participants to explore the forefront of neuroscientific advancements. Dr. Reyes emphasized that significant progress has been made in understanding the risk factors associated with strokes, which holds the potential to make the resulting vascular dementia more treatable. Additionally, he discussed the potential for treating other forms of dementia. Dr. Reyes highlighted the diverse range of factors that can contribute to dementia, underscoring the importance of thorough medical and neurological evaluations for any patient suspected of having the condition.

June 12, 2023: Common Dementias: Lewy Body, Parkinson’s, & Frontotemporal

Dementia is never a welcome diagnosis, especially when it’s given to a loved one, be it a spouse, sibling, or parent. When the denial has subsided, and the wrestling match to acceptance is through, what’s next? Educate. Begin your caregiving journey with a conversation with leading expert in neurodegenerative diseases, Dr. Patricio Reyes, M.D., as he discusses the most common forms of dementias: Lewy Body, Parkinson’s, and Frontotemporal. This discussion included current research, treatments, and medicines available to treat Lewy Body, Parkinson’s, and Frontotemporal dementias. The various stages and progressions of the disease will be covered. Caregivers will receive advice and tips for the care of their loved one, and land in a space of increased knowledge, confidence, and surety for the journey ahead.

February 15, 2023: Dementia and Traumatic Brian Injury

On the heels of the upcoming NFL Superbowl, we offered a webinar conversation with Dr. Patricio F. Reyes, M.D. with special guests, pro football hall of famer, Carl Eller, and his wife, Molly Heisenfelt Eller, along with other NFL wives. The wives discussed their roles as caregivers for their husbands, afflicted with cognitive issues, likely stemming from their hard-hitting football heydays. Patricio F. Reyes, M.D. is Chief of Neurology and Director of Traumatic Brain Injury and Alzheimer’s Disease & Cognitive Disorders at the Carl. T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix. His longstanding participation with the Retired NFL Players Association, and the Association of Ringside Physicians, has exposed him to dangers of contact sports. Additionally, in his 30 years of practice, he has acquired acclaimed expertise in dementia, as well as non-sports-related causes of TBI.

November 30th, 2022: Bridging the Gap – Caring for Caregivers

Duet’s Meaning & Hope Institute hosted an important conversation with Dr. Patricio F. Reyes, M.D., Chief of Neurology and Director of Alzheimer’s Disease & Cognitive Disorders and Traumatic Brain Injury at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix on November 30, 2022. Dr. Reyes has seen, first-hand, the toll that tending to someone with dementia can take on a family caregiver. Early on in his practice, three caregivers of his patients suffered heart attacks. Their health crises made him realize that vigilance for them is as important as attention to their afflicted loved ones. He vows, “Each passing day I shall strive to offer the best care I can to persons with dementia AND their caregivers.” During the webinar, Dr. Reyes provided caregivers with medical education to help ease and overcome some of the many life-changing challenges of providing care to their loved ones.

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