Peter J. Whitehouse, MD, PhD - Neurology

Dr. Peter Whitehouse reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Dr. Whitehouse specializes in neurology with an interest in geriatrics and neuropsychology and a focus on dementia. He is an internationally–known researcher and author on alzheimer's disease and dementia. Dr. Whitehouse organized a worldwide group of 300 researchers striving to improve regulatory drug guidelines. He is editor-in-chief of Alzheimer's Disease and Associated Disorders: An International Journal, and editor of Dementia, a definitive reference on geriatric psychiatry, neuropsychology and neurology.

Dr. Whitehouse is active in research with his primary focus on clinical neuroscience, particularly relating to cholinergic systems, drug development, and complementary therapies. Other areas include clinical phenomenology, neuropsychology, interdisciplinary care, health care systems and bioethics.

The Alzheimer Center of University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University was funded with a plan written by Dr. Whitehouse who served as its Founding Director. It is a National Institute on Aging Alzheimer Disease Research Center. The Center garnered a national award for best community use of the Internet in 1995 and was locally honored with a Jennifer Langston Community Service Award from the Alzheimer Association in 1991.

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Healthwise Knowledgebase Topic Reviewed

Alzheimer's Disease


MD: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 1976
Residency in Neurology: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1977–1981
Research Fellowship in Neuroscience: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD1981–1982

Academic\Hospital Appointments

Professor of Neurology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Attending Physician, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Neurology
American Neurological Association
American Geriatrics Society

Selected Publications

  1. Post SG and Whitehouse PJ, (1995). Fairhill guidelines on ethics of the care of people with alzheimer's disease: A clinical summary. Journal of American Geriatrics. 43:1423–1429.
  2. Geldmacher DS and Whitehouse PJ, (1997). Differential diagnosis of alzheimer's disease. Neurology. 48(Suppl 6):S3–S9.
  3. Whitehouse PJ and Kalaria RN, (1995). Nicotinic receptors and neurodegenerative dementing diseases: Basic research and clinical implications." Alzheimer's Disease Association Discord. 9:2:3–5.
  4. Whitehouse PJ and Deal WE, (1995). Situated beyond modernity: Lessons for alzheimer's disease research.Journal of the American Geriatric Society. 43:1314–1315.

Financial Disclosure

This reviewer reported no financial conflicts.

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