Dr. Fanny Elahi is a neurologist who cares for patients with behavioral, motor and cognitive problems. She specializes in brain degeneration involving vascular disease (blood vessel abnormalities) and diseases of the brain's white matter (deep tissues containing nerve fibers that are covered by a white substance called myelin).
In research, Elahi combines molecular techniques with brain imaging to study white matter abnormalities and damaged blood vessels in the brain, seeking a more complete understanding of the causes of vascular cognitive impairment and dementia. She also works on projects to identify novel biomarkers for diseases of the immune and cardiovascular systems; use of such biomarkers could increase diagnostic precision and early-stage detection, as well as help in determining risk factors and developing new therapies.
After earning a doctorate in neurogenetics and molecular biology at the University of Oxford, Elahi earned her medical degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She completed a residency in neurology at UCLA Health, followed by a fellowship in neurodegenerative disorders at UCSF.
University of Oxford, PhD, Neurogenetics and Molecular Biology, 2008
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, MD, 2011
UCLA Health, Neurology, 2015
UCSF, Neurodegenerative Disorders, 2018