Director's Message

Letter from the Director

I have recently made the difficult decision to retire from UCLA. It has been a pleasure to work with so many brilliant and collaborative faculty and staff at UCLA, and I am grateful for the overwhelming support from my colleagues, Longevity Center Board Members, staff, trainees, and the many supporters of the Center and volunteers who have made our research and educational efforts possible. Many of you have become more than just professional contacts but true friends, and I will miss you.
 
I depart knowing that the Longevity Center is in good hands because Dr. Linda Ercoli, Director of Geriatric Psychology at UCLA, has agreed to serve as Interim Director. Many of you already know Linda, who has been involved in developing our memory education programs. I am confident that she will do a tremendous job in taking the Center to the next level.
 
I am following my own advice to remain active and engaged throughout life so I am not retiring from challenging endeavors, but taking on new ones. I will be accepting an exciting job opportunity as Chair of Psychiatry at Hackensack University Medical Center and Physician in Chief for Behavioral Health Services at Hackensack Meridian Health, the largest and most integrated health system in New Jersey. In these new roles, I plan to establish ongoing collaborations with my UCLA colleagues in research and educational initiatives and will certainly be back to visit whenever possible. In the meantime, I wish you all continued health and fulfillment and to keep living better longer.

Gary W. Small, M.D.

Director, UCLA Longevity Center