Professor, School of Aging Studies
University of South Florida, USA
Ladislav Volicer, MD, PhD, FAAN, FGSA received his MD from the Charles University Medical School and PhD from Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic. He was Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry at the Boston University Medical School in Boston, MA and Clinical Director of the Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center in the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA. Dr. Volicer is currently the Courtesy Full Professor at the School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, Visiting Professor at the 3rd Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic and Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Sydney. Twenty five years ago, he established one of the first Dementia Special Care Units and introduced the concept of structured palliative care for patients with advanced dementia. Goals of care on this unit are quality of life, dignity and comfort instead of prolongation of life at all costs. Dr. Volicer investigated various aspects of dementia care, including behavioral symptoms, medical complications and eating difficulties. He is recognized as an international expert on advanced dementia care and has spoken many times at national and international conferences. Dr. Volicer received Gibson Travelling Fellow award from the Australian Association of Gerontology and Barry Reisberg Award for Alzheimer’s Research. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Geriatric Society of America. Dr. Volicer has published over 250 articles and chapters, and edited four books on clinical management of dementia. Currently he is the former chair of AMDA Ethics Committee, is section editor for the Journal on Nutrition and Aging and serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.
Dementia, Alzheimer's disease, Palliative care, Medical ethics, Behavioral symptoms of dementia