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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Nantz National Alzheimer Center

Team Members

At the Nantz National Alzheimer Center, our physicians and staff are dedicated to providing comprehensive, leading edge care and support for patients and their families. We offer a multidisciplinary clinical approach staffed by experienced neurologists, neuropsychologists and clinical social workers. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 713-441-1150.

Faculty

Joseph C. Masdeu, M.D., Ph.D.

Joseph C. Masdeu, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Nantz National Alzheimer Center and Neuroimaging
Graham Family Distinguished Endowed Chair in Neurological Sciences

Dr. Masdeu has more than 30 years of experience as a clinician, researcher and leader in Alzheimer’s and neuroimaging, having led major professional associations and neurology departments in New York and his native Spain, as well as at the Intramural Research Program of the NIH. At the NNAC, he has organized a diagnostic and therapeutic program to forestall the onset of Alzheimer's disease in people genetically predisposed to this disorder.

Gustavo C. Román, M.D.

Gustavo C. Román, M.D.

Jack S. Blanton Distinguished Endowed Chair

Dr. Román specializes in memory problems, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia in the elderly including vascular dementia and Lewy body disease. His clinical interests include the evaluation and treatment of patients with Alzheimer disease and normal pressure hydrocephalus with emphasis on the management of brain blood flow problems. Read more

Bryan M. Spann, D.O., Ph.D.

Bryan M. Spann, D.O., Ph.D.

Clinical Director, Nantz National Alzheimer Center

Dr. Spann is a board-certified neurologist specializing in the clinical management of patients with cognitive disorders. Spann’s clinical interest includes mild cognitive disorders, Alzheimer disease and dementia with movement disorders. In addition, Spann is interested in non-cognitive manifestations of dementia such as behavioral changes and sleep disorders.His research interests include Alzheimer's disease, vascular (stroke) dementia, movement disorders (e.g. Parkinson disease) with dementia plus behavioral disorders in the elderly. Read more

Belén Pascual, Ph.D.

Belen Pascual, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Dr. Pascual has a broad background in cognitive psychology, neuropsychology and neuroimaging, with specific expertise in the neuropsychological evaluation of patients with dementia. In the context of the Diagnostic Molecular Imaging European network of excellence, funded by the European Union, she used positron emission tomography and MRI to quantify the degree of neuronal loss through different biomarkers. Before joining the Methodist Neurological Institute she worked at the MGH, Harvard Medical School, receiving additional training on the neuropsychological evaluation of patients with frontotemporal dementia and on structural and functional brain imaging techniques. Read more

Kenneth Podell, Ph.D.

Kenneth Podell, Ph.D.

Neuropsychologist

Dr. Podell is a board-certified neuropsychologist and co-director of Houston Methodist Concussion Center. He specializes in the assessment and treatment of individuals who have sustained brain injury or disease, with particular expertise in sports concussion, traumatic brain injury and dementia. He serves as the team neuropsychological consultant for the Houston Texans, Houston Astros, Houston Dynamo and Rice University Athletics. Read more

Mario Dulay, Ph.D.

Mario Dulay, Ph.D.

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Dr. Mario Dulay Jr. conducts neuropsychological assessments on adults with stroke, tumor, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, psychiatric disorders and movement disorders. In association with Houston Methodist Concussion Center, Dr. Dulay also provides evaluation of patients of all ages who have experienced sports-related or other types of concussive injuries. Read more

Rebecca Axline, LCSW

Rebecca Axline, LCSW

Supervisory Clinical Social Worker

Rebecca Axline is Supervisory Clinic Social Worker with over 30 years of clinical and administrative experience working in a variety of settings including medical centers, active duty military bases, VA centers, employee assistance, hospice care, and school districts. Since joining the institute in 2006, she has provided program development and clinical intervention focused on helping patients and family members cope with the stress of diagnosis and treatment of neurological disease. Her role includes teaching and mentoring graduate Social Work students and clinical supervision guidance to LMSW social workers and providing informal and formal presentations to community groups, support groups, and professionals.

Lindy Suarez, LCSW

Lindy Suarez, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker

Lindy Suarez is an Advanced Practice Clinical Social Worker with the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute. Lindy has been with Houston Methodist since 2007 providing supportive counseling and resource referral to patients and families.  She facilitates several different support groups within the community and provides community presentations on various topics.   Prior to her career in Social Work, Lindy held Director level management positions within the corporate sector.