Dr. Ramirez Gomez is a neurologist at MGH and provides clinical service to patients in the Memory Disorders, Comprehensive Neurology and Behavioral Neurology units. Dr. Ramirez Gomez completed medical school at the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia, and neurology residency at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, where she served as Chief Resident. She completed a fellowship in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology at the Memory and Aging center at USC.
Her work focuses on understanding preclinical and clinical markers of cognitive impairment that may aid in the diagnosis of dementia. She has elucidated vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia. In collaboration with Dr. Helena Chui at the University of Southern California, she studied how to differentiate among types of dementia using specific neuropsychological tests and neuroimaging. She has also collaborated with the National Alzheimer Coordinating Centers to identify late vascular risk factors and Alzheimer’s neuropathology in individuals with normal cognition in late life.
Her specific goals in the lab are to determine whether changes in the ability to identify and remember odors can serve as a novel specific biomarker for early onset familial AD. She also aims to understand the relationship between AD neuropathological changes and the onset of sleep disturbance and cognitive decline in preclinical stages of AD, decades before full-blown symptoms begin.
She enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking and relaxing in nature [Click here to learn more]