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Prof. Ladislav Volicer

University of South Florida
2337 Dekan Lane

Brief Biography:

Twenty five years ago, I established one of the first Dementia Special Care Units and introduced the concept of structured palliative care for patients with advanced dementia. Goals of care on this unit are quality of life, dignity and comfort instead of prolongation of life at all costs. I investigated various aspects of dementia care, including behavioral symptoms, medical complications and eating difficulties. I am recognized as an international expert on advanced dementia care. I published over 250 articles and chapters, and edited four books on clinical management of dementia.


Academic positions:

I am currently the Courtesy Full Professor at the School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL,  Visiting Professor at the 3rd Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, and Adjunct Professor at Western Sydney University, School of Nursing and Midwifery.


Research interests:

Dementia, Alzheimer's disease, bioethics, end-of-life


Any other information:


1. Vandervoort A,  Van den Block L,  van der Steen JT,  Volicer L,  Vander Stichele R,  Houttekier D, Deliens L: Nursing Home Residents Dying With Dementia in Flanders, Belgium: A Nationwide Postmortem Study on Clinical Characteristics and Quality of Dying. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2013.01.016
2. Volicer L, Harper DG, Stopa EG:  Severe impairment of circadian rhythm in Alzheimer’s disease. J Nutr Health Aging  16(10): 888-890, 2012
3. van der Steen JT, Lane P, Kowall NW, Knol DL, Volicer L.,  Antibiotics and mortality in patients with lower respiratory infection and advanced dementia. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 13(2):156-61, 2012
4. Dobbs D, Mong H, Hyer K, Volicer L.. The influence of hospice use on nursing home and hospital use in assisted living among dual-eligible enrollees.J Am Med Dir Assoc 13(2):189.e9-189.e13, 2012
5. Volicer L, Frijters DH, van der Steen JT. Relationship between symptoms of depression and agitation in nursing home residents with dementia. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 27(7):749-54, 2012
6. Rolland Y, Aquino JP, Andrieu S, Beard J, Benetos A, Berrut G, Coll-Planas L, Dartigues JF, Dong B, Forette F, Franco A, Franzoni S, Hornez T, Metais P, Ruault G, Stephan E, Swagerty D, Tolson D, Volicer L, Vellas B, Morley J. Identification of the main domains for quality of care and clinical research in nursing homes. J Nutr Health Aging, 15(5):410-24, 2011
7. Tolson D, Rolland  Y, Andrieu S, AquinoJ-P, Beard  J, Benetos A, Berrut G, Coll-Planas L, Dong B, Forette F,  Franco A, Franzoni S, Salva A, Swagerty D, Trabucchi M, Vellas B, Volicer L, Morley JE, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics: a global agenda for clinical research and quality of care in nursing homes. J Am Med Dir Assoc 12: 184–189, 2011
8. Simard J, Volicer L. Effects of Namaste Care on residents who do not benefit from usual activities. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 25(1):46-50, 2010
9. Holmerova I, Machacova K, Vankova H, Veleta P, Juraskova B, Hrnciarikova D, Volicer L, Andel R. Effect of the Exercise Dance for Seniors (EXDASE) Program on lower-body functioning among institutionalized older adults. J Aging Health 22(1):106-119, 2010.
10. van der Steen JT, Gijberts M-J H E, Muller MT, Deliens L, Volicer  L: Evaluations of end of life with dementia by families in Dutch and U.S. nursing homes. Internat Psychgeriatr 21(2):321-329, 2009.
11. Mitchell SL, Teno JM, Kiely DK, Shaffer ML, Jones RN, Prigerson HG, Volicer L, Givens JL, Hamel MB. The clinical course of advanced dementia. N Engl J Med. 361(16):1529-1538, 2009.
12. McCarty CE, Volicer L. Hospice access for individuals with dementia. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 24(6):476-85, 2009.
13. Volicer L, van der Steen JT, Frijters D: Modifiable factors related to abusive behaviors in nursing home residents with dementia. J Am Med Dir Assoc, 10(9):617-22, 2009.
14. Harper DG, Stopa EG, Kuo-Leblanc V, McKee AC, Asayama K, Volicer L, Kowall N, Satlin A.: Dorsomedial SCN neuronal subpopulations subserve different functions in human dementia. Brain. 131(Pt 6):1609-17, 2008.
15. Volicer L, DeRuvo L, Hyer K, Piechniczek-Buczek J, Riordan M.E: Development of a scale to measure quality of visits with relatives with dementia. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 9(5):327-331, 2008.
16. Molinari V, King-Kallimanis B, Volicer L, Brown L, Schonfeld L: Wandering behavior in veterans with psychiatric diagnoses residing in nursing homes. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry  23: 748–753, 2008.
17. Pang MCS, Volicer L, Chung PMG, Chung YMI, Leung WKA, White P. Comparing the ethical challenges of forgoing tube feeding in American and Hong Kong patients with advanced dementia. J Nutr Health Aging 11:55-58, 2007
18. Volicer L, Bass EA, Luther SL. Agitation and resistiveness to care are two separate behavioral syndromes of dementia. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 8(8):527-32, 2007
19. Piechniczek-Buczek J, Riordan ME, Volicer L. Family member perception of quality of their visits with relatives with dementia: a pilot study. J Am Med Dir Assoc.  8(3):166-72, 2007.
20. Emerson Lombardo NB.Volicer L. Martin A, Wu B, Zhang  XW. Memory preservation diet 2005 to reduce risk and slow progression of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).  in Vellas B. Grundman M. Feldman H. Fitten LJ. Winblad B. editors, Research and Practice in Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Decline  9: 138-159, 2006.
21. van der Steen JT, Volicer L, Gerritsen DL, Kruse RL, Ribbe MW, Mehr DR. Defining severe dementia with the Minimum Data Set. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry.  21:1099-106, 2006.
22. Volicer, L., Simard, J., Pupa, J.H., Medrek, R. and Riordan, M.E.: Effects of continuous activity programming on behavioral symptoms of dementia. J Am Med Dir Assoc 7, 426-431, 2006.
23. Kiely, D.K., Volicer, L., Teno, J., Jones, R.N., Prigerson, H.G. and Mitchell, S.L.: The validity and reliability of scales for the evaluation of end-of-life care in advanced dementia. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord 20, 176-181, 2006
24. Mitchell, S.L., Kiely DK, Jones RN, Prigerson H, Volicer L, Teno JM. Advanced Dementia Research in the Nursing Home: The CASCADE Study. Alz Dis Assoc Disord 20, 166-175, 2006.
25. Pang, M.S., Volicer, L., Leung, W.A.: An empirical analysis of the decision-making of foregoing life-sustaining treatments for patients with advanced dementia in the United States. Chin. J. Geriatr. 24(4): 300-304, 2005 (in Chinese).
26. Harper, D.G. Volicer, L., Stopa, E.G. McKee, A.C. Nitta,M., Satlin, A.: Disturbance of endogenous circadian rhythm in aging and Alzheimer disease. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 13(5):359-68, 2005.
27. Harvey, R.M., Horvath, K.J., Levine, S.A., Volicer, L.: Models of physician education for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia: practical application in an integrated network. Clin. Gerontologist 29(2), 11-23, 2005
28. Volicer, L., Lane, P., Panke, J.A. and Lyman, P.: Management of constipation in residents with dementia: sorbitol effectiveness and cost. J.Am.Med.Dir.Assoc. 5,239-241, 2004, also J Am Med Dir Assoc 6,(3 Suppl):S32-4, 2005
29. Ganzini, L., Volicer, L., Nelson, W.A., Fox, E. and Derse, A.R.: Ten myths about decision-making capacity. J. Am. Med. Dir. Assoc. 5,263-267, 2004, also J. Am. Med Dir Assoc 6(3 Suppl):S100-104, 2005
30. Harper, D.G., Stopa, E.G., McKee, A.C., Satlin, A., Fish, D. and Volicer, L.: Dementia severity and Lewy bodies affect circadian rhythms in Alzheimer’s disease. Neurobiol. Aging 25,771-781, 2004.
31. Volicer, L., Mills, P.D., Hurley, A.C. and Warden, V.: Home care for patients with dementia. Federal Practitioner  13-28, 2004.
32. Boult, L., Dentler B., Volicer, L., Mead, S. and Evans, J.M.: Ethics and research in Long-term care: a position statement from the American Medical Directors Association. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 4,171-174,2003.
33. Volicer, L. and Ganzini, L.:  Health professionals' views on standards for decision-making capacity regarding refusal of medical treatment in mild Alzheimer's disease.  J.Am.Geriatr.Soc.  51, 1270-1274, 2003.
34. Ganzini, L., Volicer,L., Nelson,W. and Derse,A.:  Pitfalls in assessment of decision-making capacity.  Psychosomatics  44, 237-243, 2003.
35. Volicer,L., Hurley,A.C. and Blasi,Z.V.:  Characteristics of dementia end-of-life care across care settings.  American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care  20, 191-200, 2003.
36. Warden,V., Hurley,A.C. and Volicer,L.:  Development and psychometric evaluation of the PAINAD (Pain Assessment in Advanced Dementia) Scale.  JAMDA  4, 9-15, 2003.
37. Volicer,L., Cantor,M.D., Derse,A.R., Edwards,D.M., Prudhomme,A.M., Gregory,D.C.R., Reagan,J.E., Tulsky,J.A., Fox,E. and Natl Ethics Comm Veterans Hlth Adm:  Advance care planning by proxy for residents of long-term care facilities who lack decision-making capacity.  J.Am.Geriatr.Soc.  50, 761-767, 2002.
38. Volicer,L., Hurley,A.C. and Blasi,Z.V.:  Scales for evaluation of end-of-life care in dementia.  Alzheim.Dis.Assoc.Disord.  15, 194-200, 2001.
39. Volicer L, Harper DG, Manning BC, Goldstein R, and Satlin A, Sundowning and circadian rhythms in Alzheimer's disease. Am.J.Psychiatry 158: 704-711, 2001.
40. Harper DG, Stopa EG, McKee AC, Satlin A, Harlan PC, Goldstein R, and Volicer L, Differential circadian rhythm disturbances in men with Alzheimer disease and frontotemporal degeneration. Arch.Gen.Psychiatry 58: 353-360, 2001.
41. Jones JA, Brown EJ, and Volicer L, Target outcomes for long-term oral health care in dementia: a Delphi approach. J.Public Health Dent 60: 330-334, 2000.
42. Khodeir,M.; Conte,E.E.; Morris,J.J.; Frisoni,G.B.; Volicer,L., Effect of decreased mobility on body composition in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging 4: 19-24; 2000.
43. Guo,Z.; Cupples,L.A.; Kurz,A.; Auerbach,S.H.; Volicer,L.; Chui,H.; Green,R.C.; Sadovnick,A.D.; Duara,r.; DeCarli,C.; Johnson,K.; Go,R.C.; Growdon,J.H.; Haines,J.L.; Kukull,W.A.; Farrer,L.A., Head injury and the risk of AD in MIRAGE study. Neurology 54: 1316-1323; 2000.
44. Volicer,L.; Camberg,L.; Hurley,A.C.; Ashley,J.; Woods,P.; Ooi,W.L.; McIntyre,K., Dimensions of decreased psychological well-being in advanced dementia. Alzheimer Dis. Assoc. Disord. 13: 192-201; 1999.
45. Hurley, A.C., Volicer, L., Camberg, L., Ashley, J., Woods, P., Odenheimer, G., Ooi, W.L., McIntyre, K. and Mahoney, E.:  Measurement of observed agitation in patients with Alzheimer's disease.  J.Mental Health Aging  5, 117-133, 1999.
46. McKeon-O'Malley, C., Wells, J., Fine, R., Ullman, M.D. and Volicer, L.:  PC 12 cells transfected with a C-terminal fragment of the amyloid precursor protein (APP C-100), exhibit enhanced sensitivity to the calcium ionophore A23187, and diminished sensitivity to hydrogen peroxide.  Mol.Brain Res.  72, 103-107, 1999.
47. Volicer, L., Wells, J.M., McKee, A.C. and Kowall, N.W.:  Enhanced inhibition of free radical-induced deoxyribose breakdown by Alzheimer brain homogenates.  Neurosci.Lett.  270, 169-172, 1999.
48. Camberg, L., Woods, P., Ooi, W.L., Hurley, A., Volicer, L., Ashley, J., Odenheimer, G. and McIntyre, K.:  Evaluation of Simulated Presence: a personalized approach to enhance well-being in persons with Alzheimer's disease.  JAGS  47, 446-452, 1999.
49. Mahoney, E.K., Hurley, A.C., Volicer, L., Bell, M., Gianotis, P., Hartshorn, M., Lane, P., Lesperance, R., MacDonald, S., Novakoff, L., Rheaume, Y., Timms, R. and Warden, V.:  Development and testing of the resistiveness to care scale.  Res.Nurs.Health  22, 27-38, 1999.
50. Stopa, E.G., Volicer, L., Kuo-Leblanc, V., Harper, D., Lathi, D., Tate, B. and Satlin, A.:  Pathologic evaluation of the human suprachiasmatic nucleus in severe dementia.  J.Neuropathol.Exp.Neurol.  58, 29-39, 1999.


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