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Ladislav Volicer

Ladislav Volicer

Ladislav Volicer, MD, PhD
Department of Aging Studies
University of South Florida, USA



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. He published over 250 articles and chapters, and edited four books on clinical management of dementia. He was the chair of AMDA Ethics Committee, is section editor for the Journal on Nutrition and Aging and serves on the Editorial Board of JAMDA.

Research Interest

  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Palliative care
  • Medical ethics
  • Aging
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