John M. Ringman

Helene and Lou Galen Endowed Professor of Clinical Neurology

Areas of treatment:

Cognitive Disorders
Behavioral Neurology


  • Neurology


  • Department of Neurology

John M. Ringman, MD, MS

Helene and Lou Galen Endowed Professor of Clinical Neurology

Practicing location:

  • USC Healthcare Center 2

About this doctor:

Dr. Ringman is Clinical Professor of Neurology at the Memory and Aging Center at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Neurobiology at U.C. Berkeley before going to medical school at McGill University, and doing his internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He then came to Los Angeles to pursue subspecialty training in behavioral neurology and dementia. His current activities include performing studies of persons with or destined to develop familial Alzheimer’s disease due to known genetic mutations, clinical research in late-onset Alzheimer’s disease in association with the USC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, and seeing patients with cognitive or behavioral problems referable to neurological and in particular, neurodegenerative disease.

Philosophy of Care:
My approach to care of persons with neurological conditions is to understand the underlying causes of patients’ problems as accurately and as thoroughly as is possible. This guides appropriate therapy and minimizes consequences of inappropriate therapy. Also, as adequate treatment for many of the conditions that I treat is unfortunately currently lacking, I feel an equally important part of my responsibility is education regarding neurological conditions, their prognoses, and potential research opportunities to help us understand and treat this devastating group of disorders.


MD, McGill Faculty of Medicine, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 1993
MS, UCLA Department of Biomathematics, Los Angeles, CA, 2008


Baylor Department of Medicine, Houston, TX, 1994


Baylor Department of Neurology, Houston, TX, 1994 to 1997


UCLA Department of Neurology, Los Angeles, CA, Fellowship in Neurobehavior and Dementia, 1997 to 1999


Neurology, American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry, 2000-2020


Phi Beta Kappa, Spring 1986
Francis McNaughton Book Prize for performance in the McGill Medical School course on central nervous system anatomy, 1990
First Prize, Gustaf Retzius Neuroanatomy Competition, 1998
Turken Research Award for work in Alzheimer’s Disease, 2004
Shirley and Jack Goldberg Neuroscience Scholar, 2003 to 2005