Meet the Team

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Director, Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center

Dr. Szigeti is a board certified neurologist with subspecialty training in genetics and cognitive disorders. She is the founding director of the Alzheimer Disease and Memory Disorders Center (ADMDC) at the University at Buffalo. The ADMDC was founded in 2010 to provide state of the art medical services consistent with evolving practice standards which enhances and standardizes AD/D care in the region. The ADMDC's emphasis on early diagnosis and treatment is consistent with the public health mandate, as it translates into better outcomes and delayed institutionalization.

At the ADMDC our mission is to provide compassionate, state of the art care for patients and families affected by Alzheimer disease and other cognitive disorders. We have a multidisciplinary approach with a team of professionals caring for the patients and families. The team includes neurologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, neuroimagers, social workers and nursing to address all the needs of the patients and caregivers.

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When it comes to Alzheimer's disease and dementia, a drug that can completely stop or prevent the disease is the greatest hope of patients, family members and health care providers. This is what our patients at the UB Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center tell us repeatedly and what patients all over the globe are wishing for. Current therapies do help slow the progress of Alzheimer's disease, but finding the cure is a huge endeavor requiring collaboration between patients, caregivers, doctors, universities, pharmaceutical companies and funding agencies.

As part of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and UBMD Neurology, the UB Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center is able to confront this critical public health issue not only by treating patients but by researching new discoveries that will lead us closer to a cure for Alzheimer's and dementia. The ADMDC facilitates patient participation in clinical trials for promising new Alzheimer's drugs.

The ADMDC incorporates an active translational research program housed in the UB Clinical and Translational Research center and is affiliated with the prestigious Clinical and Translational Research Award. Dr. Szigeti has had external funding from the Alzheimer's Association and from the National Institute of Aging of the National Institutes of Health over the years. Her work focuses on the genetics of Alzheimer's disease, a very heterogeneous disorder with a strong genetic component. Analysis of the genetic background will enable better classification of disease subgroups that should then lead to new and more effective medications to either delay disease onset or prolong the earlier stage of the disease when symptoms are very mild and patients still function relatively well.

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Nurse Practitioner

As  a member of the inter-professional Center of Excellence Western New York  (CEAD WNY) team, Dr. Steeg  collaborates with Primary Care Provides and Specialists in the seven counties of WNY to provide holistic care to individuals with cognitive decline and memory disorders.

As a Co-Investigator and Nurse Practitioner for the CEAD WNY , she is responsible for providing clinical leadership for educational outreach to  Primary Care Providers and students in the healthcare professions assisting them to provide current evidenced based practices for the  routine screening and assessment, early diagnosis and the management of/or referral to specialist for individuals with cognitive decline.

In addition to her role as the Nurse Practitioner on the CEAD WNY Team, Dr. Steeg is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo School of Nursing. She currently serves as Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Association of Western New York as well as the Chairperson for the Nurse Practitioner Association, Region I North.

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Program Director

Leilani is an experienced Excutive Program Director who has previously worked with the Alzheimer's Association of Western New York. She is now part of the University at Buffalo's Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease. She is a recepient of the Dr. Evan Calkins Meritorious Service Award with honrs a person who has made significant contributions to the field of aging in Western New York. Ms. Pelletier can be found speaking at many Alzheimer's and Demintia symposiums, training panels, and seminars.

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Allison is Registered Nurse with Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease. She has been working with Dr. Kinga Szigeti and her patient's in the clinic for the past 5 years. She works both in the community with the CEAD and also in the clinical setting. Originally from Syracuse, NY, Allison is a graduate of SUNY Oswego with a Bachelor's degree in Wellness Management. She came to Buffalo in 2007 to attend Canisius College to obtain a Master's in Health and Human Performance. Her nursing degree was first obtained as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Trocaire College in Buffalo and she recently completed her Associates in Nursing at Excelsior College.

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Mary Karpinski is a licensed social worker with a wealth of experience with a wide variety of clients. She coordinates care plans, offers support, counseling and refers patients to community resources.

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Lisa Nevins

A seasoned administrative professional who has acquired several decades of experience in administrative management and central office coordination. She has worked in a wide range of business and volunteer capacities in the Western New York area.
As Lisa has endured the loss of her own mother to Alzheimer's Disease, she has gained valuable insight into many of the issues surrounding Alzheimer's, Disease and has developed a great deal of compassion and understanding for patients and families who are affected by it.