Freddi Segal-Gidan, PA, PhD, has devoted her career to the care of older adults and those with disabilities. She is currently director and of the USC/Rancho California Alzheimers Disease Center (CADC) located at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey. She is a member of the clinical and research staff with the NIH-funded USC Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC), and serves as the leader of the outreach, recruitment and education (ORE) core. Dr. Segal-Gidan holds appointments as an assistant professor of clinical medicine in Neurology and Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and USC L. Davis School of Gerontology. Her current research focuses on improving research participation from the Latino community and interdisciplinary health professional training as a way to improve the future geriatric workforce.
Dr. Segal-Gidan received her clinical training at the Johns Hopkins University, Health Associate Program, and completed the first PA fellowship (USC) in geriatric medicine. She was a member of the inaugural doctorate program in gerontology at the USC Davis School of Gerontology from which she received her doctorate in Gerontology-Public Policy in 1997 and subsequently completed a post-doctorate at USC in Aging and Alzheimers Disease. She serves on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee for Alzheimers Greater Los Angeles, is chair of the board of the Westside Pacific Villages, and recently was accepted to the Fulbright Scholars Program. Dr. Segal-Gidan writes and speaks frequently on topics related to geriatric medicine and dementia care, including a regularly published column, “Diving into Dementia.”