Thomas Ala, MD

Medical Director of the Alzheimer's Center
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    About me

    Dr. Ala has been with SIU Medicine since 1999.  He is certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients who have cognitive disorders, including Alzheimer's disease and other dementing illnesses.  Dr. Ala has been a member of the team that plans and implements Risk and Preention/Healthy Brain Aging Programs which are comprised of evening events for the community and all-day symposiums for healthcare providers.  The programs summarize recent research on risk and protective factors for Alzheimer's disease and discuss the latest recommendations regarding how to lower one's risk for dementia.  Dr. Ala is responsible for the clinical aspects of the SIU Memory and Aging Network sites.  This program provides patients who have concerns of possible Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders the opportunity to be evaluated closer to home rather than have to travel to specialized centers in St. Louis, Chicago, or Indianapolis.  Thirty-two sites servicing 93 Illinois counties outside of the Chicago area have been recruited and trained in this program, including hospitals, clinics, health departments, mental health and counseling centers, and organizations that serve the elderly.



    Education & training

    Professor - Department of Neurology
    Board Certifications
    Medical School
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN - Neurology
    Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN - Neuropathology


    Clinical locations


    SIU Neurology

    751 N. Rutledge St. Suite 3100 Springfield, IL 62702
    Mon - Fri: 8:00 am-4:30 pm

    Hospital privileges

    • Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln IL
    • HSHS St. John's Hospital, Springfield, IL
    • Memorial Medical Center, Springfield IL


    Research Interests
    Caregiving issues in Alzheimer's disease. Clinical and Neuropathological research in Alzheimer's disease, Lewy Body Dementia, Vascular Dementia, and Other Dementing Illnesses. New Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease. Behavioral Neurology. Memory loss.