Joseph S. Kass, MD, JD, FAAN

Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry & Medical Ethics, Director, Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorder Cente, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Dr. Joseph Kass is a professor of neurology, psychiatry, and medical ethics at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, TX. He serves as associate dean of Student Affairs in the School of Medicine and as vice chair for Education in the Department of Neurology. He also serves as chief of Neurology and director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Ben Taub Hospital, the flagship hospital of the Harris Health System, the 3rd largest safety net healthcare system in the U.S. Additionally, he is director of the Baylor College of Medicine Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center. In addition to serving as primary investigator on several Phase Ill clinical trials in Alzheimer's Disease and stroke, Dr. Kass's research interests include predictors of cognitive decline and the development of neuropsychiatric symptoms in patients with dementia, medical student wellness, social determinants of health, and the interface of medical ethics and the law. Dr. Kass graduated from Amherst College in Amherst, MA, with a BA, magna cum laude, in Russian. He completed legal training, earning a JD from Columbia University Law School in New York, NY, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a senior editor of the Columbia Law Review. After practicing law for a short time, he pursued a career in medicine, earning his MD and completing residency in neurology and a fellowship in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry, all at Baylor College of Medicine.