Meet Dr. Mary QuicenoBehavioral Neurologist in Dallas

As people live longer, the number of older adults diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementia-causing neurodegenerative disorders continues to rise.

Behavioral neurologist Mary Quiceno, M.D., and her UT Southwestern Medical Center colleagues specialize in evaluating and treating the memory and cognitive (thinking) problems accompanying these conditions. Most of her patients are 50 or older.

Dr. Quiceno also assesses people suffering from mild cognitive impairment, as well as those who think they may be at increased risk.

“I evaluate people who – due to factors such as memory loss or family history – feel that they are at high risk for developing dementia,” she says. “I help determine if they’re experiencing symptoms of normal aging or something else.”

Evaluating New Treatments

Active in clinical research, Dr. Quiceno is able to offer many patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials, which are experimental studies to evaluate the most promising new ways to detect and treat diseases like AD. She is currently seeking eligible participants for the multicenter A4 Study of preclincal Alzheimer’s disease and prevention of dementia.

Dr. Quiceno is also very involved in educating both the public and other medical professionals about AD and preserving brain health through the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and UT Southwestern’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

“I love educating people about Alzheimer’s, so I’m very fortunate to be able to do so much community outreach and education,” she says. “For example, I’m involved in an initiative called Brain Smart, which involves reaching out to people in African-American churches, educating them about AD and the things they can do to keep their brains healthy.”

Dr. Quiceno also enjoys the personal relationships she develops with her patients and their families.

“Because I work with both patients and their families, I feel like they all become part of my own family and I get to take care of them,” she says. “I really like being able to help and give hope to people.”