Dr. Shankle is a board certified neurologist, specializing in the diagnosis,
treatment and management of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
(ADRD). He co-founded the Alzheimer’s Research Center at University
of California, Irvine, in 1987 and served as its clinical director for
10 years. Following that endeavor, he initiated a community based ADRD
program, the Shankle Clinic, in 1997 to deliver his medical knowledge
to a broader community of patients and families.
As the director of the Memory and Cognitive Disorders program at Hoag
Neurosciences Institute, Dr. Shankle works with and enables primary care
physicians to identify and manage an individual’s risk factors for
ADRD. Under Dr. Shankle’s guidance, the program also provides the
support of a comprehensive triage and clinical research team, utilizing
the most sensitive cognitive assessment tool to detect the first stage
of mild cognitive decline leading to development of Alzheimer’s
disease, and tailors the best possible prevention and treatment options
for each individual.
He currently maintains his academic career at the Department of Cognitive
Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He also holds additional
responsibilities as a member of the grant review committee for the National
Alzheimer’s Association, and as a journal reviewer for ADRD related
Dr. Shankle is a recipient of many research grants and awards including
the Zenith Fellows Award from the Alzheimer’s Association that is
given to those who have contributed significantly to the field of Alzheimer’s
disease research. In addition, his findings on human brain development
were reported by The New York Times to be one of the most important scientific
discoveries of the 1990s. He is also a co-author of various neuroscience
textbooks as well as “Preventing Alzheimer’s” (Putnam
Dr. Shankle received his bachelor degree in Biology from Stanford University
and his M.D. from Brown University. He trained as a statistician at the
University of Southern California with postgraduate studies at Harvard.
He completed his internship in internal medicine at Cook County Hospital,
and his residency in neurology at LA County/USC Medical Center.