Howard Fillit, MD is the founding Executive Director and Chief Science Officer of the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF), a NYC-based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to rapidly accelerate the discovery and development of drugs to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer's disease. He is an internationally recognized geriatrician and neuroscientist and expert in Alzheimer's disease.
Dr. Fillit has had a distinguished academic medicine career that includes clinical training in internal medicine at the Beth Israel Medical Center (NYC) and a fellowship in nephrology at the New York Hospital; Dr. Fillit was a fellow and assistant professor at The Rockefeller University in the laboratory of Professor Maclyn McCarty (who demonstrated in 1944 that DNA is the molecule that carries the genes of life, enabling the discovery of the double helix by Watson and Crick). During this period, Dr. Fillit also held positions at the Parker Institute for Geriatric Care, the SUNY-Stony Brook School of Medicine, and the Cornell University School of Medicine. In 1987, he joined the Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development at Mount Sinai, achieving the rank of tenured professor of geriatric medicine, medicine and neurobiology in 1992.
Throughout his career, Dr. Fillit has maintained a limited private practice in New York City in consultative geriatric medicine with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for several biotechnology companies, and has been a consultant to, member, or Chair of Scientific and Clinical Advisory Boards for numerous pharmaceutical, biotechnology and health care companies.
Dr. Fillit has received numerous awards, including the Alzheimer’s Association’s Rita Hayworth Award for Lifetime Achievement. He is a fellow of the American Geriatrics Society, the American College of Physicians, the Gerontological Society of America, and the New York Academy of Medicine. He is the author or co-author of more than 300 scientific articles, abstracts and books, including the leading international Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. He has given hundreds of speeches throughout the world on topics related to research and clinical care in geriatric medicine and Alzheimer’s disease.
He received his bachelor of arts in neurobiology cum laude from Cornell University, and his medical degree from the SUNY-Upstate Medical University.