Michael Rafii 

Michael Rafii, MD, PhD 

Assistant Clinical Professor
Director, Residency Program


Contact Information

8950 Villa La Jolla Drive
Room C-227
La Jolla, CA

Email: mrafii@ucsd.edu
Phone: 858-657-8540
Fax: 858-657-8552

Mailing Address:

9500 Gilman Drive #0949
La Jolla, CA 92093-0949

Dr. Rafii is Director of the Memory Disorders Clinic and Assistant Professor of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego. He is also Medical Director of the NIH-funded Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study and Attending Neurologist at the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. He specializes in dementias including Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Rafii is Clinical Director of the UC San Diego Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Center and serves as Principal Investigator on numerous clinical studies. He also serves on the Steering Committee for the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine.

As Director of the Neurology Residency Program, Dr. Rafii is involved in the training of the next generation of neurologists. He is author of 'First Aid for the Neurology Boards,' one of the most widely used books in preparing for the Neurology boards.

He received his MD and PhD from Brown University School of Medicine and conducted Neurogenetics research at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rafii went on to complete his Neurology residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was chief resident. He then completed a fellowship in Dementia and Cognitive Disorders at UC San Diego.

See a video discussion on on diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease with Dr. Rafii and William Mobley, chair of the Department of Neurosciences.

Year Award
2006 Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society
Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)
2006 Preziosi Award for Outstanding Resident
Johns Hopkins University Department of Neurology
2003 Intern of the Year
Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital, Department of Medicine
2002 Aronson Prize for Excellence in the Neurosciences
Brown University School of Medicine
1995 Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society
University of California, Irvine
1995 Chancellor's Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Research
University of California, Irvine