Our 31st Annual Dr. Robert H. Joseph Memorial Lecture, "Alzheimer's: Help for Patients and their Caregivers," was held on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at California Baptist University's Innovators Auditorium. Over 140 guests and 13 sponsors and vendors were in attendance.

Thank you to our sponsors, vendors and community partners: Alzheimer’s Greater LA, Riverside County Office on Aging, Welbrook Senior Living, The Deana Foundation, Senior Care Referral Specialists, Pacifica Senior Living, Arbor Vitae Hospice, Inland Caregiver Resource Center, Neural FX, Central Counseling Services, California Baptist University (CBU), I-Heart Radio and Inland Empire Magazine; individual donors Martha Ann Joseph & Family, Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence Sharpe, and Toni & Frank Wong; and a special thank you to the Riverside Medical Clinic.

A very special thank you also to Meridian Gardens of Riverside for donating our raffle prize of 3 days of respite care!

Highlights from our lecture:

Our speakers, Dr. Ayesha Sherzai and Dr. Dean Sherzai of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, joined us for a very informative and engaging evening.

Dr. Ayesha Sherzai received her PhD in Epidemiology from Loma Linda University School of Public Health and her medical degree from the University of Peshawar, Khyber Medical College. She completed an internship in 2008 in the Department of Preventative Medicine and worked as Chief Resident Physician in 2009 in the Department of Neurology at Loma Linda University Medical Center. This was followed by a fellowship in 2013 at Columbia University Medical Center, where she worked in the Department of Vascular Neurology.

Dr. Sherzai is currently working as a research scientist in the Department of Neurosurgery and Neurology at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The research focus of Dr. Ayesha Sherzai, is on preventive neurology, as well as the relationship between lifestyle (nutrition and physical activity), and neurodegenerative and neurovascular diseases.

Dr. Dean Sherzai received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1995. He completed his residency in 1999 at Georgetown University Hospital, followed by fellowships at National Institutes of Health and the University of California, San Diego Medical Center.

Dr. Sherzai is the current full-time faculty and director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Sherzai's research focuses on early diagnosis and intervention in Alzheimer’s disease. As such, he is introducing novel imaging and biomarker tools into the realm of diagnosis at earlier stages of the disease. He is also introducing novel interventions both with regards to pharmaceuticals, as well as comprehensive lifestyle changes that appear to be very effective in altering the course of the disease.

About Our Lecture Series

Named for one of the founding physicians of the Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation, the Dr. Robert H. Joseph Memorial Lecture is held each fall. Over the past 31 years, lecture topics have addressed numerous health issues of importance to our community. 

Dr. Joseph's Biography

Dr. Robert H. Joseph was an ophthalmologist whose entire 25 years of practice were served at the Riverside Medical Clinic. A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Dr. Joseph was a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine where he received his medical degree in 1954. Following two years of medical service in the U.S. Air Force, he returned to the University of Michigan Hospitals for his residency in ophthalmology and then joined the Riverside Medical Clinic.

One year after the Foundation was created, Dr. Joseph died of cancer at the young age of 56. In his will he had established a charitable remainder trust for his wife, which stipulated that the trust assets were to be turned over to the Foundation in the event of her death. Tragically, Mrs. Joseph passed away just six months following the death of her husband.

As a permanent tribute to Dr. Joseph, the Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation established the annual Dr. Robert H. Joseph Memorial Lecture. The Foundation is pleased to have the support of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph’s children for this yearly lecture: Janet Fell, Kathy Patton, Bob Joseph, Jr., and Libby Jaehnig.

To view a video of Dr. Joseph’s life and contributions to the Foundation, please click here