James Spar, M.D.


Work Titles and Affiliation
UCLA Director, Geriatric Assessment Program Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Education:
Degrees:
M.D., UCLA School of Medicine, 1972
Fellowship:
1977 - 1978 UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital
Internship:
1972 - 1973 Children's Hospital of San Francisco
Residency:
1974 - 1977 UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital
Certifications:
Certifications:
1991 American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
1979 American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Contact Information:

Work Email Address:

jspar@mednet.ucla.edu


Website:

Home Page

Work Phone Number:

(310) 825-0038

Mailing Address:

Office
37-370 Semel
Los Angeles,

Publications:

Chen S T, Altshuler L L, Spar J E   Bipolar disorder in late life: a review Journal of geriatric psychiatry and neurology, 1998; 11(1): 29-35.
Spar J E, Garb A S   Assessing competency to make a will The American journal of psychiatry, 1992; 149(2): 169-74.
Small G W, Matsuyama S S, Komanduri R, Spar J E, Fairbanks L   HLA antigens in depressed, demented, and nondemented elderly Journal of geriatric psychiatry and neurology, 1991; 2(2): 70-5.
Wilkins J N, Spar J E, Carlson H E   Desipramine increases circulating growth hormone in elderly depressed patients: a pilot study Psychoneuroendocrinology, 1989; 14(3): 195-202.
Spar J E   Plasma trazodone concentrations in elderly depressed inpatients: cardiac effects and short-term efficacy Journal of clinical psychopharmacology, 1987; 7(6): 406-9.
La Rue A, Spar J, Hill C D   Cognitive impairment in late-life depression: clinical correlates and treatment implications Journal of affective disorders, 1987; 11(3): 179-84.
Leuchter A F, Spar J E, Walter D O, Weiner H   Electroencephalographic spectra and coherence in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's-type and multi-infarct dementia. A pilot study Archives of general psychiatry, 1987; 44(11): 993-8.
La Rue A, D'Elia L F, Clark E O, Spar J E, Jarvik L F   Clinical tests of memory in dementia, depression, and healthy aging Psychology and aging, 1986; 1(1): 69-77.
Leuchter A F, Spar J E   The late-onset psychoses. Clinical and diagnostic features The Journal of nervous and mental disease, 1985; 173(8): 488-94.
Irwin M, Spar J E   Reversible cardiac conduction abnormality associated with trazodone administration The American journal of psychiatry, 1983; 140(7): 945-6.
Beck J C, Benson D F, Scheibel A B, Spar J E, Rubenstein L Z   Dementia in the elderly: the silent epidemic Annals of internal medicine, 1982; 97(2): 231-41.
Spar J E   Dementia in the aged The Psychiatric clinics of North America, 1982; 5(1): 67-86.
Spar J E, Gerner R   Does the dexamethasone suppression test distinguish dementia from depression? The American journal of psychiatry, 1982; 139(2): 238-40.
Spar J E, Ford C V, Liston E H   Hospital treatment of elderly neuropsychiatric patients. II. Statistical profile of the first 122 patients in a new teaching ward Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 1980; 28(12): 539-43.
Ford C V, Spar J E, Davis B, Liston E H   Hospital treatment of elderly neuropsychiatric patients. I. Initial clinical and administrative experience with a new teaching ward Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 1980; 28(10): 446-50.
Spar J E, Ford C V, Liston E H   Bipolar affective disorder in aged patients The Journal of clinical psychiatry, 1979; 40(12): 504-7.
van Putten T, Spar J E   The board-and-care home: does it deserve a bad press? Hospital & community psychiatry, 1979; 30(7): 461-4.

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Age Factors Aged Aged, 80 and over Alzheimer Disease Antidepressive Agents Antipsychotic Agents Bipolar Disorder Cognition Disorders Dementia Depressive Disorder Dexamethasone Diagnosis, Differential Electroconvulsive Therapy Geriatric Psychiatry Humans Hydrocortisone Manuals as Topic Middle Aged Neuropsychological Tests Psychiatric Status Rating Scales Reference Values Trazodone

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