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Kenneth Langa, M.D., Ph.D.

Title and department:Kenneth Langa
Research Professor, Institute of Gerontology
Professor, Internal Medicine
Research Scientist, Center for Practice Management and Outcomes Research, VA Ann Arbor
Research Professor, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research
Professor of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health

Mailing address:
University of Michigan
Division of General Medicine
300 North Ingalls, Room 7E01
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0429

Phone: (734) 647-8160; Fax: (734) 936-8944


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Research Interests                               
Dr. Langa’s research focuses on the epidemiology and economics of chronic disease in older adults, with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. He is associate director of the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative longitudinal survey of 20,000 US adults age 51 and older, and a lead investigator for the Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study, a national study of dementia, both funded by the National Institute on Aging.

Brief Biography
Dr. Langa received an M.D. and Ph.D. in Public Policy at the University of Chicago as a fellow in the Pew Program for Medicine, Arts, and the Social Sciences. He is a general internist who treats adult patients with chronic medical conditions.  A current research focus is the relationship of cardiovascular risk factors to cognitive decline and dementia in middle-age and older adults. In 2007, Dr. Langa was a visiting professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge where he established collaborations with an interdisciplinary research team performing cross-national comparisons of the epidemiology and outcomes of dementia in the United States and England.

Recent Publications
Iwashyna T, Ely EW, Smith D, Langa KM. Long-term cognitive impairment and functional disability among survivors of severe sepsis. JAMA. 2010; 304(16): 1787-1794.

Silveira M, Kim S, Langa KM. Advance directives and outcomes of surrogate decision-making before death. New England Journal of Medicine. 2010; 362(13): 1211-1218.

Rogers M and Langa KM. Untreated poor vision: a contributing factor to late-life dementia. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2010; 171(6): 728-735.

Langa KM, Llewellyn D, Lang I, Weir D, Wallace R, et al. Cognitive health among older adults in the United States and in England. BMC Geriatrics. 2009; 9: 23.

Langa KM, Foster N, Larson EB. Mixed dementia: emerging concepts and therapeutic implications. JAMA. 2004; 292(23): 2901-2908.