Kathleen Poston, MD, MS

Kathleen L Poston

Professor - University Medical Line, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Professor - University Medical Line (By courtesy), Neurosurgery
Member, Bio-X
Member, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
Fellowship: Columbia University Medical Center (2008) NY
Residency: University of California San Francisco (2006) CA
Internship: University of California San Francisco (2003) CA
Medical Education: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (2002) TN
Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology (2007)
Post-Doc, Feinstein Institute, Functional Neuroimaging (2009)
BSE, University of Pennsylvania, Bioengineering
MS, Vanderbilt University, Bioengineering (1998)
Dr. Kathleen Poston is Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences and (by courtesy) Neurosurgery at Stanford University Medical Center. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, her Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering and her MD at Vanderbilt University. She completed her Neurology residency training at UCSF, where she was Co-Chief Resident. She also completed a fellowship in clinical Movement Disorders under the mentorship of Dr. Stanley Fahn at Columbia University and post-doctoral research training in Functional Neuroimaging with Dr. David Eidelberg at the Feinstein Institute.

Dr. Poston's research focuses on develop imaging and biological biomarkers to advance our understanding of the pathophysiology underlying the cognitive, behavioral, and motor symptoms characteristic of Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders. Her current studies focus on cognitive and memory problems in people with Parkinson’s disease and Dementia with Lewy Bodies. She has been awarded grant funding by the NIH and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s disease research. She is Co-Director for the Pacific Udall Center, which is an NINDS funded Morris K. Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s disease Research. She serves on the Executive Steering Committee for the Michael J Fox Foundation sponsored Parkinsons Progression Marker Initiative (PPMI). She is also the Research Education Component (REC) Leader for the Stanford Alzheimer’s disease Center (ADRC), which is funded by the National Institute for Aging and focuses on early cognitive problems in both Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.