Eric Pfeiffer, MD

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Title: Director (Retired)
Company: Suncoast Gerontology Center, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
Location: Tampa, Florida, United States

Eric Pfeiffer, MD, Retired Director at the Suncoast Gerontology Center at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in geriatric psychology and higher education.

Inspired to delve into medicine due to his interest in psychiatry and encouragement from his early professors, Dr. Pfeiffer is a renowned expert in the fields of geriatric psychology, caregiving, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Commencing his career in private practice specializing in psychiatry in 1966, he also began serving as an assistant professor at Duke University the same year, holding that role for three years. Subsequently, he advanced the ranks to associate and full professor at Duke University until 1976, where he also served as a project director and associate director. Relocating to Colorado, he began serving as a professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado in 1976, fulfilling this position for two years, before serving in the same capacity and chief of the division of geriatric psychiatry at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine for 30 years. Prior to his retirement in 2008, he also acted as the director of the Suncoast Gerontology Center at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine for 28 years.

Dr. Pfeiffer started his profession as a student at Washington University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Medicine in 1956 and 1960, respectively. Serving in an internship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine for one year, he subsequently concluded his education at the University of Rochester, where he completed a residency in psychiatry in 1964. Alongside his primary career endeavors, he was chief of psychiatry services at the Tampa VA Medical Center from 1979 to 1980, chairman of the committee on mental health and mental illness of the elderly with the U.S. Department of Health from 1976 to 1977, and a consultant in the field. He has further presented lecturers and speeches on successful aging, the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and the art of caregiving.

Most renowned for being the creator of the “Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire” (SPMSQ), an instrument to determine the presence and degree of memory and cognitive impairments, Dr. Pfeiffer is the author of “Caregiving in Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias,” published by Yale University Press in 2015, and “Winning Strategies for Successful Aging,” published by Yale University Press in 2013. He is also the author of the forthcoming book “Up from Down: How to Recover from Life-changing Adverse Events,” which will be available on and in Barnes and Noble in March 2019.

A prolific writer, Dr. Pfeiffer has also been an esteemed poet, having penned “Under One Roof: Poems” in 2010, a collection of his most recent poetry. Described by other professionals as a natural poet, his work is acclaimed on and can be purchased through both Amazon and his own personal website.

In an effort to remain abreast of recent developments within his industry, Dr. Pfeiffer has maintained affiliation with several organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association, the American Geriatrics Society and the Southern Psychiatric Association. Notably, he is a fellow and former chairman of the Gerontological Society of America, having also maintained involvement with Phi Beta Kappa.

In recognition of his outstanding undertakings in medicine and writing, Dr. Pfeiffer has accrued numerous accolades. The University of South Florida named the Eric Pfeiffer Chair of Alzheimer’s Disease Research in his honor in 1985, and he received the Allen Gold Medal from the American Geriatrics Society in 1977. Earlier in his career, he was a Markle Foundation Scholar through the Academy of Medicine from 1968 to 1973. Remarkably, he has been highlighted in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.

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