Brendan Kelley, M.D., is Associate Professor and Clinical Vice-Chair of the Department of Neurology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in evaluation and study of neurological causes of impairment in memory and cognition.

A native of Ohio, Dr. Kelley earned his medical degree at The Ohio State University and the Executive MBA Program at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. He also earned a master’s degree in Physics at Cornell University. Dr. Kelley completed a residency in neurology at Cleveland Clinic and then received advanced fellowship training in Behavioral Neurology and Multiple Sclerosis at Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Kelley returned to The Ohio State University in 2014, where his clinical work and research focused on Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy body dementia. While there, he established a fellowship program in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry. Prior to that, he served as the Bob and Sandy Heimann Chair for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Education in the University of Cincinnati Department of Neurology from 2008 to 2013.

Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in Behavioral Neurology by the Unified Council of Neurological Subspecialties, Dr. Kelley proudly joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2017 as Associate Professor and Clinical Vice-Chair of Neurology.

Dr. Kelley’s research activity focuses on the clinical translation of novel techniques to study emerging techniques to better identify changes in the brain and spinal fluid related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. He collaborates with investigators in many of the research labs at UT Southwestern that conduct basic scientific investigations aimed to better understand the biological processes that cause neurodegeneration, and to improve our ability to detect these changes before irreversible cognitive impairments have occurred. He also participates in clinical research trials conducted throughout the United States which are aimed to test new compounds as potential treatments for dementia.

Dr. Kelley has authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. His commitment to the field extends to future, and he proudly directs the UT Southwestern Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry fellowship program. His enthusiasm for the field and dedication to the role of educator contributes meaningfully to the education of residents, graduate students and fellows, ensuring the future progress of treating these challenging diseases.

Dr. Kelley is highly committed to the care of patients having disorders of memory and cognition. He regularly receives accolades for his outstanding patient satisfaction and collegiality.


Medical School
The Ohio State University College of Medicine (2002)
Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2003), Internal Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2006), Neurology
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (2007), Behavioral Neurology
Mayo Clinic College of Science and Medicine (2008), Multiple Sclerosis

Research Interest

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Atypical Dementias
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Lewy Body Dementia
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • Young-Onset Dementia


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

PRES following administration of DHE in a patient with unsuspected pheochromocytoma.
Kelley BJ, Samples S, Kunkel R Headache 2008 Sep 48 8 1237-9
Alternative medicine and Alzheimer disease.
Kelley BJ, Knopman DS Neurologist 2008 Sep 14 5 299-306
The effect of propranolol on cognitive flexibility and memory in acute cocaine withdrawal.
Kelley BJ, Yeager KR, Pepper TH, Bornstein RA, Beversdorf DQ Neurocase 2007 Oct 13 5 320-7
Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment.
Kelley BJ, Petersen RC Neurol Clin 2007 Aug 25 3 577-609, v
A middle-aged man with progressive neurologic deficits and bilateral leg lesions.
Kelley BJ, Samples S, Mays M Cleve Clin J Med 2006 Mar 73 3 269-72
Cognitive impairment in acute cocaine withdrawal.
Kelley BJ, Yeager KR, Pepper TH, Beversdorf DQ Cogn Behav Neurol 2005 Jun 18 2 108-12
Evaluation of Multilayer Transport Properties using Quantitative Mobility Spectrum Analysis
Dodrill B, Lindemuth J, Kelley BJ, Du G, Meyer J Compound Semiconductor 2001 7 58-61
Electronic Transport Characterization of HEMT Structures
Kelley BJ, Dodrill B, Lindemuth J, Du G, Meyer J, Faraone L Solid State Technology 2000 43
Detect GMR defects early with in-line metrology
Dodrill B, Kelley BJ DataStorage 2000 7 35-46
Magnetic In-Line Metrology for GMR Spin-Valve Sensors
Dodrill B, Kelley BJ Datatech 1999 3 143-148


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Honors & Awards

  • UT Southwestern APP Champion of the Year
  • Buckeye Pride Award for Patient Satisfaction
  • Columbus Monthly Top Doctors
  • Cincinnati Magazine Top Doctors
  • Bob and Sandy Heimann Chair for Alzheimer¬ís Disease Research and Education, University of Cincinnati Department of Neurology
  • AAN Award for Excellence in Clinical Neurology
  • The Ohio State University Neurology Department Award for Outstanding Performance
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, The Ohio State University Department of Physics
  • J. D. and C. D. Smith award, The Ohio State University Department of Physics
  • Summa Cum Laude, The Ohio State University
  • Outstanding Scholar in the College of Humanities, The Ohio State University
  • Distinguished Scholar Award, The Ohio State University
  • Dobro Slovo (National Slavic Studies Honor Society)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, The Ohio State University

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Fellow - American Neurological Association (2013)
  • Fellow - American Academy of Neurology (2000)