Barak Gaster, MD

Professor of Medicine at University of Washington

Dr. Barak Gaster is a Professor of Medicine and primary care provider with expertise in the evaluation and management of dementia. He is the Director of the Cognition in Primary Care Program at the University of Washington where he also serves also as the Primary Care Liaison for the UW Memory Brain Wellness Center. A member of the Hastings Center Taskforce on Ethics and Dementia, he is also a member of the Washington Dementia Action Collaborative. The Dementia Directive he helped create has been downloaded more than 150,000 times and been featured in the New York Times and on NPR.

Dr. Gaster leads the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Indians Transforming Alzheimer’s Care Training (INTACT) training as well as the clinic workflow process to help primary care clinics diagnose and manage cognitive impairment in American Indians and Alaska Natives. A primary care provider himself, he is deeply interested in improving identification of dementia in primary care and helping patients and families navigate through the stages of this disease.

Barak Gaster