Dr.Abdullah Sherzai


With my advanced training in NeuroScience, public health, Management, Conflict resolution, leadership, and research I hope to help humanity overcome suffering.


1/2011— Present Loma Linda University

Director of Research Education

Creating a culture of research through education and collaboration.

7/2009—Present Loma Linda University

Director of Research, Neurology Department

Our efforts in Neurology research (Clinical, and Investigator Initiated) has made us the second largest research group in Loma Linda system.

7/2008-Present Loma Linda University

Director of Memory and Aging Center

Create a novel approach to acute and chronic dementing diseases, through a multicultural approach, as well as emphasis on community and preventive measures.

1/2003-12/2005 Deputy Minister of Health Kabul Afghanistan / MiWorld Bank

Deputy Minister of Health

Best management strategy in a post conflict country (LANCET).

7/2002-12/2002 World Bank

Health consultant for the Afghan Project

Implement World Bank’s PPA health care distribution plan in 10 Afghan provinces, while empowering women to lead the delivery process.


1/2010-Present Loma Linda University

Management and Leadership

1/2008-2011 Loma Linda University

Epidemiology of Aging.

7/2006-7/2008 UCSD, Fellow in Dementia/Geriatrics

To learn advanced research techniques for investigating diseases of the elderly and those dealing with dementia in particular.

6/2006-7/2008 UCSD

Masters in Clinical Research (CREST)

7/2000-7/2002 NIH/NINDS

Neurodegenerative diseases/Experimental Therapeutics

7/1999-6/2000 Georgetown University

EMG fellowship

6/1996-5/1999 Georgetown University

Neurology Residency

6/1995-5/1996 Georgetown University

Medicine Residency

5/1992-8/1992 NIH/NINDS

Summer Internship

7/1991-5/1995 Eastern Virginia Medical School

Medical Student

1987-1990 George Mason University

B.S. in Biochemistry and B.S. in Psychology

1986-1987 University of Pittsburgh

B.S. Biochemistry



A. Sherzai, Steven D Edland, Eliezer Masliah, Lawrence Hansen, Donald P Pizzo, Ayesha Z Sherzai, Jody Corey-Bloom

Alzheimer’s and Dementia-2012-Spongiform change in Lewy body dementia and Alzheimer disease.

Sherzai AZ, Heim L, Boothsby C, A Sherzai

Stroke risk and Nutritional factors

Journal of Nutrition and Geriatrics (to be published in October Edition)

Heim L, Perez L, Sherzai AZ, A Sherzai

Vascular Dementia and Nutrition

Journal of Nutrition and Aging (to be published in September)

Banta JE, Belk I, Newton K, Sherzai A.

Inpatient charges and mental illness: Findings from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample 1999-2007.

Clinicoecon Outcomes Res. 2010;2:149-58. Epub 2010 Oct 11.

Eyler Lisa, Sherzai A, Allison R. Kaup, M.S., Dilip V. Jeste, M.D.

A Review of Functional Brain Imaging Correlates of Successful Cognitive Aging

Bio. Psychiatry. 2011

Whitehair DC, Sherzai A, Emond J, Raman R, Aisen PS, Petersen RC, Fleisher AS.

Influence of apolipoprotein E varepsilon4 on rates of cognitive and functional decline in mild cognitive impairment.

Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study.

Alzheimers Dement. 2010 Sep;6(5):412-9.

Fleisher AS, Raman R, Siemers ER, Becerra L, Clark CM, Dean RA, Farlow MR, Galvin JE, Peskind ER, Quinn JF, Sherzai A, Sowell BB, Aisen PS, Thal LJ.

Phase 2 safety trial targeting amyloid beta production with a gamma-secretase inhibitor in Alzheimer disease.

Arch Neurol. 2008 Aug;65(8):1031-8.

Bara-Jimenez W, Dimitrova TD, Sherzai A, Aksu M, Chase TN.

Glutamate release inhibition ineffective in levodopa-induced motor complications.

Mov Disord. 2006 Sep;21(9):1380-3.

PMID: 16758479 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Bara-Jimenez W, Bibbiani F, Morris MJ, Dimitrova T, Sherzai A, Mouradian MM, Chase TN.

Effects of serotonin 5-HT1A agonist in advanced Parkinson’s disease.

Mov Disord. 2005 Aug;20(8):932-6.

PMID: 15791634 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Bara-Jimenez W, Dimitrova T, Sherzai A, Favit A, Mouradian MM, Chase TN.

Effect of monoamine reuptake inhibitor NS 2330 in advanced Parkinson’s disease.

Mov Disord. 2004 Oct;19(10):1183-6.

PMID: 15390018 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Bara-Jimenez W, Sherzai A, Dimitrova T, Favit A, Bibbiani F, Gillespie M, Morris MJ, Mouradian MM, Chase TN

Adenosine A(2A) receptor antagonist treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

Neurology. 2003 Aug 12;61(3):293-6.

PMID: 12913186 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Pending Publication:

2009—Dermatomyositis case study, Vishwa, J Escutin, A Sherzai

2009—Review—Using Health care to empower women in the most recalcitrant of societies– Lavinia Mitroi, Ayesha Z Sherzai, A. Dean Sherzai

Current research:

2012–NIS: Oldest Old/ Dementia comorbidities and outcomes

2012–NIS: Dementia in hospital mortality

2012–Review: Micronutrients and risk of Parkinson’s disease

2010—Experimental nutrition and cell adhesion in stroke

2010— Review: foods affecting cognitive status across diverse populations

2010—Influence of diet and lifestyle on the risk of dementia: AHS

2010— Review: community based screening interventions for mild cognitive impairments

2010— Review on community based exercise models in the elderly

2010— Evaluating patterns of dementia care among elderly patients using national inpatient sample

2010—The ethical issues amongst the elderly with cognitive impairment

2010—Community Based approach to cognitive health management in four diverse communities

2009—Influence of diet and lifestyle as manifested in CVLT scores in a cohort of AHS subjects

2009—Retrospective study on dietary effects on stroke patients in the AHS

2009—Diet (high PUFA and vegetarian diet) and its influence on cognitive decline

2009—Influence of acute treatment of delirium in long term risk for Dementia

2008—Cognitive status in Adventist population (diet stratified)

Other Publications:

2010-Harvard College Global health review—Reflections on Reconstruction of the Afghan Health Care system

2009-Aventist Review—Healhty Aging

2008-Physician –Dementia and Aging

Unpublished work:

2002—Intraparenchymal infusion of Glial cell line derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) in the treatment of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). (unpublished)

Books and Book Chapters

5- Minute Consult 2012– Transient Global Amnesia

Current Trials

Overseeing more than 16 Clinical trials in Movement disorders, Neuromuscular, MS, ALS, Stroke, and Pain.

PI on Pfizer Bapinuzomab Alzheimer’s trial

Past Clinical Trials

2006-2008—AAB-02 (Passive immunization in Alzheimer’s)

2006-2008–Phase 2 safety trial targeting amyloid beta production with a gamma-secretase inhibitor in Alzheimer disease

2000-2002– PI and Sub I on more than 7 clinical trials at NIH

Talks/ Seminars/ Conferences

Community Talks

1) Healthy brain aging –Bowmont talk July 2008

2) Healthy brain aging — LLU east Campus–Thursday March 05, 2009. 10:30- 11:30

3) Healthy brain aging– Sun lakes– Friday April 10 2009. 10:00- 11:30

4) Healthy brain aging– Redlands Senior Center– Thursday May 21, 2009. 10:30- 11:30

5) Healthy brain aging–Yucaipa Senior Center– Thursday June 11, 2009. 10:30- 11:30

6) Healthy brain aging– Rancho Cucamonga– Thursday August 20, 2009. 10:30- 11:30

7) Healthy brain aging- (Community (fait based) approach) — Azure Hill church Saturday 2008

8) Healthy brain aging– (Community (fait based) approach) — Hill top church Saturday 2008

9) Healthy brain aging– (Community (fait based) approach) — Spanish church Loma Linda 2009

10) Healthy brain aging– Tamecula– thursday November 19, 2009. 10:30- 11:30

11) Healthy brain aging– Chino Senior Center– Tuesday Jan. 19, 2010. 10:00- 11:00

12) Healthy brain aging– City of Chino Hills– Friday Feb. 05, 2010. 10:30- 11:30

13) Memory disorders and Healthy brain aging– Yucaipa Senior Center– Friday April 16 2010. 10:30- 11:30

14) Healthy brain aging– Rancho Cucamonga– Friday, May 14, 2010. 10:30- 11:30

15) Healthy brain aging- talk to Physicians Arrowhead community – August 19th. 10:00- 2:00pm

16) Healthy brain aging– Mary Philips Senior Center– Friday August 27, 2010. 10:30- 11:30

17) Healthy brain aging– Redlands Jocalyn Senior Center– Friday, Sep. 10, 2010. 11:00- 12:00

18) Healthy brain aging– City of Chino Hills– Friday, November 05, 2010. 10:30- 11:30

19) Healthy brain aging- community involvement (10 African American Churches)– Saturday November 06, 2010– 10:00- 1:00pm

20) Healthy brain aging– Lake Elsinore Senior Center –Friday Nov. 05 2010. 12:15-13:15

21) Healthy brain aging– Yucaipa Senior Center–Thursday, Jan. 13 2011. 10:30- 11:30

22) Healthy brain aging– Rancho Cucamonga Senior Center– Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. 10:30- 11:30

23) Healthy brain aging- Redlands Joslyn Senior Center– Thursday, April 21, 2011. 11:00- 12:00

24) Healthy brain aging– Mary Phillips Senior Center Temecula– Wednesday, Sep. 14 2011. 10:30- 11:30

25) Healthy brain aging- Lake Elsinore Senior Center– Wednesday, Sep. 14 2011. 12:30- 13:30

26) 2010 APC On Dementia and Aging for LLU Alumni

27) Healthy Aging talk with Ayesha– Rancho Cucamonga Mosque– Nov. 13 2010.

28) Lecture on Healthy brain Aging for Dental alumni association — Loma Linda Centennial hall – February 2011

29) 3-4-11-APC talk on Dementia and Aging for the Loma Linda Alumni

30) 3-6-11-Healthy Cognitive Aging — Afghan Women’s Association community health – presented to national television

31) Healthy Aging with Ayesha – Afghan TV –

32) Healthy aging — Loma Linda Senior Center — April 21- 2011

33) Healthy aging — Chino Senior Center — April 22- 2011 27th Annual IACC Spring Conference. The Aging of the Inland Empire: A Collaborative in Putting the Pieces Together 8:30am – 4:30pm

34) International access TV — Healthy aging (community based)– May 9th 2011

35) Healthy brain aging– (Community (fait based) approach) May 20 – Mosque- San gabriel

36) June 2nd healthy Chino Tuesday, June 21, 2011 Topic Healthy Aging

11:00 – 12:30 Redlands Joslyn Senior Center

37) Oct.17 Palm Spring Senior center — Healthy Brain Aging

38) Oct.17 Healthy Brain Aging — Palm Spring Hyatt– Physician continued education

39) Oct-29-2011 Chino Alzheimer’s Association Walk

40) Nov- 10- 2011 AARP Riverside county conference on Aging

41) 12-05-2011 American Health Care Congress– Challenges for health care in a rapidly aging society

42) Healthy Aging Conference: March 6th-7th 2012


NIH/ DUKE UNIVERSITY Masters in clinical research; Full Scholarship 2002



Resident Appreciation Award, Neurology Department, 2010

Resident Appreciation Award, Neurology Department 2011

Best Researcher Award, Neurology 2010

Best Researcher Award, Neurology 2011

National Coalition Building Awards, Afghan government 2003

Additional Professional Experience

Member of Internal medicine research committee 2011

Board Member of Institute of Community Development 2011

Member of Board of DOA Orphanage Philippines 2011

A.A.E.C (Afghan American Electoral Council) – elected from amongst 250,000 Afghan Americans as one of 10 representatives who where to raise community concerns to the U.S. government and advocate for those who needed the greatest help.

A.C.C. (Asia Consulting Corporation) Founder and CEO – established to facilitate the implementation of projects in post conflict countries.

Health4Family.com LLC. Founder and CEO –Established to provide for the health care needs of the family.

US-ARC (U.S. Afghanistan Reconstruction Council) founder and CEO- The largest Afghan American NGOs establish post 9/11 created for the purpose of facilitating reconstruction in Afghanistan.

A.S.A. (Afghan Student Association) Founder and President – was established to provide aid for the beleaguered people of Afghanistan using the student resources in the United States.

Public Health:

2003-Human Resource Policy of the Ministry Health of Afghanistan

2003-Construction Policy for the Ministry of Health of Afghanistan

2003-Basic Package of Health Services for Health Ministry of Afghanistan

Professional Memberships

American Association of Neurology

American Medical Association


English, Dari


Medical Doctor, Neurologist, Clinical Research

Service experience

Member of Operation Smile team in China, participated in a humanitarian mission that was able to operate on over 180 children suffering from burns and congenital deformities such as cleft lip and palate.

Helped raise funds and establish more than five orphanages in Afghanistan


Dr. David Penner—Chair Dept. of Management and Leadership

Dr. Synnove Knutsen—Chair Dept. Epidemiology Loma Linda University

Dr. Gary Fraser—Primary investigator Adventist Health Study

Dr. Bryan Tsao—Director of Loma Linda Neurology Department

Dr. Dilip Jeste—Director Stein Aging Institute

Dr. Thomas Chase Director of Experimental Therapeutics Branch of NINDS/ NIH

Dr. Jonathan Pincus—Director Neurology Georgetown University.

Public health references:

Dr. Richard H. Hart— President Loma Linda University

Dr. Tricia Penniecook–Dean of School of Public Health

Dr. Jackson –Dean of school of Allied Health

Julie Louise Gerberding—former director of U.S. Centers for Disease

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