Patient Care

David Gill to Lead Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology

Apr. 1, 2024

David Gill, MD, has been appointed chief of the Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC).   A highly respected local clinician and academic, Gill returns to the institution where he completed his residency and fellowship training and assumes his new position effective April 1, 2024.

‘Working in collaboration with our colleagues in Psychiatry, Dave has an exciting vision for the future of dementia care in our community,” said Robert Holloway, MD, MPA, chair of URMC Department of Neurology.  “He will help grow the Memory Care Program, improve access to cutting-edge treatments for patients and families in a socially responsible manner, and expand training opportunities to increase the numbers of providers that care for patients with cognitive disorders, specifically in the Rochester area.”

David Gill
David Gill, MD

Gill will work with the teams in the Alzheimer’s Disease Care, Research and Education (AD-CARE) Program, the Del Monte Neurosciences Institute, and the University of Rochester Aging Institute to support and help grow basic science and clinical research programs in the field of cognitive disorders.  Gill will also build upon his existing relationships in the community to advance education for patients and caregivers through partnerships with Lifespan, the Alzheimer’s Association, and other community groups.

“I am excited to return to the Department as the chief of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, and to meaningfully contribute to all of its missions," said Dr. Gill. “It is a golden age in neurology and psychiatry, and a golden opportunity for us all. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Department of Psychiatry, and all members of the Medical Center community, to advance compassionate clinical care, to provide access to cutting-edge treatments, and to grow our educational programs.” 

After receiving a medical degree from the University of Florida, Gill completed his Neurology residency (2002-05) and fellowship (2005-07) in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He then took a position in the Department of Neurology at the Penn State College of Medicine, where he built a successful dementia care program and was the director of the residency program.

In 2012, Gill returned to Rochester as faculty at Rochester Regional Health System’s Unity Hospital, where he held a number of leadership positions, including chair of Unity Hospital Department of Neurology and co-director of the Unity Memory Center and Unity Hospital Stroke Center.  He has also lectured University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry medical students and directed several successful American Academy of Neurology Dementia courses. In addition, he has served on various national committees including the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the editorial board of Neurology Today.